Happy New Year! It is the year of the snake and I have no idea if that's good or bad, but if there's any bad, I choose to ignore it, lol. I didn't go home and feel a bit of guilt for that, but Mom is pretty understanding. Since it was only the two of us at home, I didn't cook up a storm. Here are some of the ingredients soaking for jai. For the curious, starting at the top left, you see bamboo shoots and mushrooms in the bowl under the bamboo shoots, lily buds, wood ear fungus, and chestnuts.
I made just three dishes: jai, pork with lotus root, and gai lan. I told Mr. Fix-it to pretend it was nine, lol. But there's enough for another few meals so maybe the year of the snake will be a year of abundance.