Chinese New Year Table Decoration

Chinese New Year Table Decoration

This post is supposed to be for our February 2018 blog post and we would like to take this chance to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year before it ends. We hope you have had a great Chinese New Year celebration for those who celebrated this festival.


It is the last day of Chinese New Year 2018 today, which is also called Chap Goh Meh. Chap Goh Meh means “the fifteenth night” in Chinese. Chinese New Year lasts for fifteen days every year. We wrote about Chinese New Year in our previous blog post last year and also about the seventh day of Chinese New Year, which is supposed to be a birthday celebration for everyone according to the Chinese tradition.


This year, we did some table decoration for Chinese New Year. We decorated the dinner table with some decoration relevant to the Chinese New Year theme, which usually involves gold and red colour.


CNY Decorated Table
Chinese New Year table decoration


By decorating your table, it makes your table look more interesting and enhances your food presentation. Instead of just a plain and simple table, you have a better looking table once it is decorated. It sure will leave a good impression on your guests dining at the table. The decoration gives the table a brighter overall outlook. Just to give you an idea, here is a picture of how the table looks like before and after the decoration has been added.


CNY Table Decoration Before After
Chinese New Year table decoration comparison


It definitely looks better once it is decorated. If you are interested in having a decorated table for your next event or celebration and you do not want to do it yourself (perhaps you are too busy or do not know how to), then we can always offer our services to you. We can decorated tables and your venue for events, not just for Chinese New Year, but also for other occassions.


Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year and a Happy Chap Goh Meh. May you have a prosperous, joyful year with good health, plenty of wealth, happiness and success.

Everyone’s Birthday On Seventh Day of Chinese New Year

Everyone’s Birthday On Seventh Day of Chinese New Year

Yesterday was the seventh day of Chinese New Year. The seventh day is also known as “yan yat” in Cantonese (literally translates to “human day“) or “ren qi” in Mandarin.
It is supposed to be everyone’s birthday today, so everyone grows one year older on this day. For example, if you are turning 30 years old this year, you will add one year to your age and be 31 years old in Chinese calendar. If you are someone who does not want to grow older, then you might not like this. It is after all, just a believe for the Chinese.
It is believed that humans were created on this seventh day of the Chinese calendar. Humans were supposedly moulded out of clay. The creator of the world according to Chinese legend, is a Goddess called “Nuwa”. She created some animals before She created human on the seventh day.
On the first day of the Chinese calendar, She supposedly created chicken. What a coincidence that it is the Year of Rooster this year. On the second day of Chinese calendar, she created dog. Then she created boar on the third day, sheep on the fourth, cow on the fifth and horse on the sixth day of the Chinese calendar. That brings us to the seventh day and human beings were believed to have been formed on this day. This is why this day is known as everyone’s birthday.
Yan yat” is also celebrated as the birthday of fire as well. Another coincidence that is the Year of the Fire Rooster this year, so the first day of Chinese New Year this year would have been a significant day to commemorate the ‘fire’ and the creation of ‘chicken’. It is also believed that if the weather is good on the seventh day of Chinese New Year, it will be a peaceful and prosperous year ahead. The weather was great in Penang island, Malaysia yesterday, so we look forward to a peaceful and prosperous year ahead.
On yan yat, a special soup with seven vegetables are made. Another type of meal eaten for this special day would be the seven vegetables congee or the ‘jidi’ congee, which is basically Cantonese porridge with pork. In Malaysia and Singapore, we have the special seven coloured raw fish dish called “yee sang” to take over the seven vegetables soup or seven vegetables congee.

We have written about yee sang in our previous post on Chinese New Year and here is what we wrote :

“Yee Sang” which is a dish consisting of finely shredded vegetables garnished with sweet and sour sauce with oil and sometimes smashed peanuts are added, then slices of raw fish (usually salmon) is added to the dish. This dish is then tossed using chopsticks by those gathered around the dish while good wishes are said aloud. The higher the toss signifies the higher the growth of the tosser’s wealth, so those tossing usually lift their chopsticks as high as possible. “Yee Sang” literally means “raw fish” but in Chinese, it can also mean increase in abundance and is also called “lou sang” or “lou hei” in Cantonese.
Yee sang.
Wishing everyone a happy birthday, cheers to the creation of human beings and to be thankful that we are still alive. It is the eighth day of Chinese New Year today, so enjoy the rest of the seven days of Chinese New Year before Chap Goh Meh (fifteenth day of Chinese New Year) arrives.
Event Tips Video : How To Make Bittergourd With Fish Paste Centre

Event Tips Video : How To Make Bittergourd With Fish Paste Centre

In this blog post, we have a video on how to make bittergourd with fish paste centre. We are showing you how to cook it using the steaming method. Instead of steaming it, it would be suitable to be eaten during steamboat as well.


This would be a good tip for those who want to learn how to make this dish, especially with Chinese New Year coming. As mentioned in our previous post on Chinese New Year, some might celebrate this festival by having steamboat with their families or friends.

Here is the video. In case it did not load, this is the link to the video :


We hope you enjoyed the video and learned something. Madam Wong’s fish paste is for sale, so if you are interested, you can contact us for more information.