We celebrate our New Year’s Eve in the Philippines differently. “It’s more fun the Philippines” is the National Tourism Slogan and I think it’s true. It is more fun in the Philippines. Together with our Family and friends, we meet the New Year with so much joy, fun, food and love. Aside from the food that most of the moms cook, there are also fireworks everywhere. Along with hornpipes which are made of cardboard and designed with lots of color and feathers. And most of all, smiles! Everybody smiles, greets each other and makes a lot of noise with hornpipes, fireworks, sparklers or even kitchen pots and pans for a safe New Year’s Eve. It is surely fun!
Now that I am in the US, things are different of course and would be a lie if I say I don’t miss my first home. However, it doesn’t mean that we are not going to enjoy and have fun for New Year’s Eve. On the other side of the note, my mother in law went out with her friend for New Year’s Eve Dinner and concert. So, my husband and I decided to stay home and bring the joy of the Philippines to us. After all, we have our little one who would just sleep throughout the night. So we celebrated the Eve with an Asian inspired Cuisine and really enjoyed spending time and cooking together.
When we were in Los Angeles the other week, we truly enjoyed the Bugis Brasserie Restaurant that offers a Singaporean-Malaysian cuisine. Because of this, we wanted to copy the dishes that we had.
Here is our Menu for the Night
Our first course which are fried tempura tossed with a creamy wasabi sauce and Mango Thai chili Salsa. I was very impressed of how my husband, Richard made the sauce which is truly a delight in the mouth.
This is a soup dish with Vermicelli noodles, Shrimp, bean sprout, hard boiled egg and fried tofu with spicy chicken soup topped with green onions.
BLACK VINEGAR SESAME CHICKEN
Stir-fried chicken in sesame oil and black vinegar mixed with red bell pepper, carrots and snap peas.
VANILLA CHIFFON CAKE
Chiffon Cake with lemon glaze
For our Table set up, here’s how I did it.
I was very excited to use the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0001X0PCE’ text=’Pfalzgraff ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’richandsweetlife-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’28ec4c2d-ef56-11e7-a554-e5677c554d11′]Winterberry Dinnerware set. Our family has had this dinnerware for more than 10 years from Richard’s late sister. It is an honor to use a beautiful dinnerware which is very ideal for table setting and perfect for the winter season.
I also prepared some candles to make it more romantic. Since I am a fan of Oui Yogurt, I have collected the glasses for months now. With this, I used the glass as a candle holder for tea light candles.
Winter Flowers in our garden were blooming too. So, I picked some of the marigolds to add colors for the table. For quick FYI, nipping the flowers at the buds will keep them blooming throughout the winter.
Overall, the night was very lovely and romantic. We had a nice slow dance and chat before cleaning everything up. It still feels like we dined out. The only real difference is that the dishes awaited us afterwards. However, when I think of making the dinner and cleaning the kitchen together, it was worth it. On top of it all, we approached and cheered to 2018 with the heart of joy and looking forward to a richer and sweeter life ahead of us.
I hope you had a wonderful start of the year.
How did you celebrate your New Year’s Eve of 2018? I would love to hear from you.