Gong Xi Fa Cai…

or Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Yesterday, whether in Mandarin or Cantonese (other languages too), the salutation invoking wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year ushered in the Year of the Snake across the globe…

year of snake wallpaper via

Not least of all, throughout our most excellently multi-cultured city…

nyt census map asians in nyc

New York Times Census Data Map of the Asian poplulation of NYC
(red, pale orange and pink representing Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese clusters respectively)

via

Lunar New Year celebrations hold a special place in my affections (I went to high school in Hong Kong and spent my early twenties living and working in Taipei, Taiwan)…particularly for the culinary delights heralded.  Mmmm jiaozi & turnip cake…

jiaozi

turnip cake

Until I started writing this post though, I hadn’t registered quite how many  Chinese inflections had made their way into our kitchen:

Chinese kitchen inflections: painted wooden flower box, turquoise pickle pot, antique bookcase, bench scroll detail, blue and white porcelain and desk

Chinese painted wooden flower box, Chinese pickle pot, antique Chinese bookcase, Chinese bench scroll detail, Chinese porcelain and antique Chinese desk

Not surprising – since we are, after all, the sum of our influences and my stomach (at least) is definitely part Chinese…

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