Happy Chinese New Year :)

Happy Chinese New Year (CNY), readers and fellow bloggers!

May the year of the snake bring you good health, prosperity and love 🙂 

This 2013-year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. This is some information I found through my RSS feeds on CNY noting,

“The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.”

It is believed by the Chinese that people born in the year of a particular animal will take on their characteristics. For example in the year of the snake (so for readers born 1991, 1979, 1967 and so on) people are charming and good thinkers.

“Love the finer things in life, so only the best is good enough. Good at making and saving money. Patient, charming and wise. Prefer not to rely on other people.”

(According to UK’s topmarks website)

Some other interesting facts about this year’s Black Snake New Year:

1. Ideal compatibility with: Ox and Rooster.
2. More or less compatible with: Rat, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep.
3. Absolutely incompatible with: Tiger and Pig.
4. Lucky colors for the Snake: Yellow, Red
5. Lucky directions for the Snake: Southwest, Northeast
6. Lucky numbers for the Snake: 2, 4, 7, and 9.
7. Monday is the lucky day of the week for Snakes.

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Chinese New Year 2013 celebrations in China Town, Melbourne taken from the Sydney Morning Herald site.

Because we don’t have family in Melbourne, my housemates and I don’t make a fuss when it comes to Chinese New Year celebrations. Although my family has never been big celebrators of the CNY one housemate in particular makes a big deal with her family each year. Our household might not have done much this year but we did enjoy noodles of various kinds over the weekend (I cooked a stir-fry on the weekend) – because that’s what we’re supposed to eat on CNY if we want to live a long life.. Apparently?

We were a little late thinking about CNY and by the time it came to booking a table for the celebrations on Sunday 10th of Feb we were well passed the booking due date… oh well. Instead I thought I would check out some of my food related RSS feeds and see what they had to say about their favourite CNY spots and experiences.

According to a post on the very very hungry catterpilla’s website (showed up on one of my RSS feeds), the author went to a delicious noodle house called Nama Nama in Spring St, Melbourne VIC. There she ate a prawn katsu bun and wagu beef and spinach udon, both were thoroughly enjoyed. Experiencing a 12 minute wait to get her piping hot bowl of noodles she writes

“Although Nama Nama’s selling point are their bento boxes (which the customer gets to choose what goes in them from a selection of dishes displayed at the counter), their udon bowls seem to have received more thumbs up from just about everyone I know. “

Picture of prawn katsu bun from very very hungry catterpilla's blog at Nama Nama Restaurant

Picture of prawn katsu bun from very very hungry catterpilla’s blog at Nama Nama Restaurant

Another blogger The Melbourne Gastronome attended CNY in Chinatown where thousands of people enjoy a parade and performance of chinese dragons and lions followed by a dinner reservation at Hu Tong Dumpling Bar on Market Lane just off Little Bourke Street. Hu Tong offers over 8 different famous dumpling dishes. The Melbourne Gastronome post foregrounded the 8 chilli dumplings for $7.70but as a fellow customer my favourite dumplings are the soupy pork dumplings for around the same amount. Hu Tong is a must if ever visiting Chinatown!

Seems like this years’ celebration was like all others! Fun, colourful and full of CNY spirit and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves for those who did celebrate. Next year I am going to make sure to be on top things and get a hot ticket to the show and restaurant in China Town!

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