Friday, 27 January 2017

It's Chinese New Year Eve!

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year. And hello there! This is the latest bloom from my Bunga Kantan (Torch Ginger) plant.

I love Bunga Kantan in asam laksa, kerabu and asam fish. I have also added some into coleslaw. Hah!

It hardly flowers. And when it does, I am so excited.

I used to buy Bunga Kantan from the supermarket whenever I wanted to make kerabu. But it is not always available. 

Ironically, the last few times when it bloomed, I did not make use of it except for this one time

Today is the eve of Chinese New Year and I know some of you are running helter skelter with last minute preparations. 

Well, that was me last year. This year, I kick off my shoes, sit back, relax and eat kacang.

Ini semua Hainom punya pasal.

For a bit of nostalgia, I am putting the links below to my previous Chinese New Year capers for when I feel bored.

My Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner (2014)

My Chinese New Year in Kuala Terengganu (2014)

Pre-Chinese New Year Disaster (2016)

Chinese New Year Reunion (2016)

Chinese New Year Day 1 (2016)

Chinese New Year Day 2 : Lunch (2016)

Chinese New Year Day 2 : Dinner (2016)

This is also my last post for the month because I am taking a short break.

So to my all my friends and readers, let me wish you a very Happy and Prosperous Rooster Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai and happy holidays! 


  1. Happy Lunar New Year to you and family...

  2. Hahaha...... banyak free ha this year PH, boleh rilex rilex lagi makan kacang lagi!....

    Bunga kantan sekarang mahal kan PH. Cecah RM3 henggit sebatang. Tambah lagi kalau musim Raya. Elok sangatlah u tanam PH, nak masak petik aje kat taman hihi

  3. Hi Phong Hong, I love the aroma of this torch ginger and it looks beautiful. Good idea to use it for floral decoration [long lasting]. Me too will be busy after CNY and probably not much time to post often. How I wish, I can sit back and relax but this is only possible in the comfort of my own home after next Sunday. At times, wish I have a different kind of it possible.??? Anyway, relax as much as possible. It is good to treat ourselves better [CNY resolution], hahaha!

  4. Wishing you a great break - and plenty of good times spent with your loved ones, Phong Hong! May this year bloom into something as beautiful as your bunga kantan :D

  5. PH nak gi mana? Balik terengganu kr? Wish you happy holiday, happy Chinese new year and all the best lah.

  6. Hello Sweetie!
    A happy Chinese New Year to you and all the best for 2017!
    P.S. Beautiful flower :)

  7. Enjoy the break. Hope you have the Me Time.

    Happy Chinese New Year to you

  8. Wishing you a blessed Chinese New Year! Enjoy your break and have a good time.

  9. Happy New Year, my friend! What a gorgeous flower!!!

  10. Good good, sit back and relax and eat till you drop! Gong Xi Huat Chai!

  11. CH pun suka bunga kantan..
    Menyedapkan lagi aroma masakan kita kan..
    Emmmm mcm nak buat laksa pulak cuti CNY ni..

    Bestnya kacang..
    Terjebak juga ko PH dgn kacang mak hainom tu 😆😊

  12. A Happy Chinese new year to you and family.PH
    Makan banyak-banyak dan sedap-sedap hari ni dan keep smiling..

  13. happy cny to you and your family! eat and relax! gong xi fa cai! see you next month here!

  14. Gong Xi Fa Cai PH ....
    Masak apa weyh? Haha...

  15. I would love to try and plant this! They look nice plus can use in my cooking.

  16. Hey dear, that's a very pretty flower! Happy CNY, PH! xoxo

  17. Happy Chinese New Year to you and family, PH!

  18. Happy Chinese New Year, PH... yes, I am a bit late here.. like you, I was busy here and there...eating! hahahahaa.. yes, so busy that I neglected my blog for a couple of days...

  19. Sitting back and relaxing....with no cooking to do is the best! ;) Wishing you and your family a Happy Lunar New Year (I'm just back to KL yesterday evening) :)

  20. Hi Phong Hong,
    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you !

  21. Beautiful flower. And I love the kacang too. Macadamia is one of my favourite kacang and then walnut and cashew nuts!!

    Gong xi fa cai!! Huat ar!

  22. Wishing you Phong Hong and family A BLESSED YEAR OF THE ROOSTER.

    Priscilla Poh

  23. It a bit looks like water lily, beautiful~
    PH, wishing you & family a prosperous & fruitful year ahead!

  24. This flower is very elegant and nice! Some brides should carry a bunch of Bunga Kantan blooms for a change.