Gong Xi Fa Cai

Buddy says Happy Year of the Dog but he wasn’t invited to dinner.

A lump of coal for a naughty dog

We celebrated Chinese New Year with the fine folks from the Malaysian Association of Georgia. We had dinner at Penang, a local Malay restaurant, where we threw food in the air and then ate it. No, really. We did something called lousong. You have a plate of noodles and other stuff and you grab some noodles with your chopsticks and throw them in the air while making a New Year’s wish (health, happiness, prosperity, etc.) and the higher the noodles go the more you get of what you wished for. So everyone had chopsticks in one hand a phone in the other recording.





This table isn’t too bad, there were some that were a real mess.

We sat with Tom and Margie Ulsh. Margie is an MK and her family lived in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, which is now called something else, and went to boarding school in Malaysia. I had asked her to bring some pictures of the jungle and she did and it was so interesting to look at them. Her parents’ missionary organization bought a strip of land between two tribes of warring cannibals.  There’s a reason that land was available. So in the morning they would wake up to warriors in the buff on their front lawn. I noticed in one of the photos she was about three years old and all dressed up playing with a couple of local boys who were wearing what God outfitted them with. I said “I notice you’re the only one wearing clothes” and she said “at first”. I asked if she decided to just strip down and she said no, the government got embarrassed and made everyone wear clothes. And we heard about the work her parents were doing and about all the people they met and she still keeps in touch with some of them. Like I said, very interesting. My life in Indonesia was down-right boring compared to hers. Actually it was a little boring. So we had good food and good company.

Tom, Katy, Heath and Margie (guess who is taking the picture)


Katy chowing down on her char kway teow

3 thoughts on “Gong Xi Fa Cai

  1. The noodle thing started here years ago, but hadn’t started when I left in 1985. They spell the name here in two words but I can’t spell it. I asked when I came back why we didn’t know about it when we lived here and was told because it was t a Chinese custom, but was created by a Chef here in Singapore who came from China and he did it as a marketing ploy, a way to entertain guests etc. In my newsfeed this week there have been two cute dogs made from the noodles and the x number of required side dishes tossed in the noodles. You can buy the ingredists from the American zclub to bring home and do it. They also schedule times at the American Club in the lobby to do it, particularly for the kids but parents, adults do it too. Tasty ingredients. Susan did it once here for my birthday party whic is always close to CNY.

    1. That’s really interesting, Susan. They said last night it was a Singapore and Malaysia thing. I wondered why I hadn’t heard of it but there are so many customs and you just don’t get around to everything. I didn’t know about that beef jerky stuff (can’t think of the name) but it was a favorite of Heath’s and Heath had never heard of pineapple tarts at CNY and we always had them.

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