Chinese New Year 2011: People’s Park

Want to absorb in the real atmosphere of Chinese New Year? I would say come to People’s Park and walk about the stalls and emporium (old style Chinese Supermarket) here. Instead of lunch, there are so many interesting snacks you can try.

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There was several stalls with authentic food from China. The vendors and even the patrons were from China. Tried this interesting savoury pancake that tasted like a savoury prata/naan with a tinge of vinegar.

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There was a long queue for this giant Beijing style paos (steamed buns filled with savoury minced chicken).

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I find dragonfruit tasteless, but I must admit the colour of the juice is lovely.

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So many kinds of nut and fruit.

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I am craving for chempadak (hybrid of durian and jackfruit) and so yummy. Not sure if this was chempadak or durian. Probably durian.

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Loved the colours of our tropical fruit.

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Taken outside the famous Lim Chee Guan store that sells yummy Ba Kwa (barbequed pork). There were a couple of Indian tourists exploring Chinatown too. Some of the Indian vendors speak fluent Hokkien which is pretty impressive to me.

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The cherries looked so good.

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I like slowly opening and nibbling on dried pumpkin seeds.

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My absolute favourite pineapple juice by Lee.

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Yummy yellow noodles for cooking.

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One of my favourite high calorie sticky snacks – dodol or to be more specific durian cake roll. I think this is an acquired taste and am not sure if everyone likes the texture.

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Chinese New Year electronic sleeping willow trees.

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I wonder how the electronic sleeping willow trees will look when lit up at night.

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Directly translated (Mandarin to English) sign at a pawn shop.

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There are red bras and panties being sold everywhere for Chinese New Year. I can’t help but giggle as I go past.

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11 Responses to Chinese New Year 2011: People’s Park

  1. The snacks look awesome!!! Anyway, that’s durian you’re looking at. I regret not having some before I left, it’s going to be whole year before I have one….

  2. Fidel Hart says:

    I love Chinese steamed buns. I had one recently in Chinatown, Yokohama that was filled with shark fin.

    Great photos!

    • bookjunkie says:

      I was supposed to accompany my partner to Yokohama, but the trip was cancelled. I researched the place and it seems so exciting. I must check out your blog so that I can still ‘visit’ the place 🙂 Didn’t even know there was such a thing as shark’s fin pao!!

  3. floramoreno says:

    In my (Mexican) family, we always wear red underwear for New Year’s. It has to be brand new, too. I guess equating red with good luck isn’t just a Chinese thing!

  4. I had read a post elsewhere about the jempadak…it looks so interesting. (I wonder where I could get one in the states?)
    Please send a picture of the sleeping willow lit up if you can….
    Pumpkin seeds are amazingly healthy …but I”m sure that’s why you eat them:)
    http://sisterearthorganics.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/you-dont-know-jack-0-lantern-about-pumpkins/

    • bookjunkie says:

      I am having difficulty finding it even in Singapore right now. It’s really seasonal.

      Sure will 🙂

      Thanks so much for enlightening me about pumpkin seeds…its great when something I like is nutritious too!! My fave soup of all time = pumpkin soup!!

  5. Maria says:

    I’ve never heard of dodol. If it’s made from durian, though, it’s definitely an acquired taste. I tried durian once, and that was enough!

  6. Lady J says:

    Ooh… the pics of the pancakes look appetizing. 🙂

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