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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Shanghainese YuDan Family Dinner

In Chinese culture, January 1 (western New Year) is referred to as YuDan or round egg, I think... So, I went to a friend's house for YuDan eve dinner... it was a cold crisp day. Here is a veiw from grandpa's office, Shanghai is truly an urban jungle now.
Chinese family dinners usually involve at least a dozen people, so the tasks were split between various family members, here my aunt is the official food chopper. She is chopping the eel here (eels are standard Shanghainese fare)...
Now the two chefs are in action in the kitchen...
Stir frying away...
Shanghainese cold appetitzers: smoked fish (two styles), shredded jellyfish and daikon, shredded Lusun (I think that's what it is called).
Now all the dishes are here (except the eel dish actually) and the kids called grandpa to the table... see how filial Chinese people are?
View from grandpa's office at night...

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