Lunar New Year is a few days away and falls on Sunday, February 10 this year. This is the year of Snake and the Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese will be celebrating the new year. As a Chinese, there are many taboos that we follow to rid of bad luck, for example: not sweeping the floor on the first day of Chinese New Year because you will be sweeping away all the good luck/fortune in the new year. I remember growing up, I was wondering why our house was so dirty during Chinese New Year, as there were litters and debris from the prayers and firecrackers in our front yard, but my mother and aunt would always say “DO NOT SWEEP THE FLOOR.” Such was fond memories of celebrating Chinese New Year in Penang, Malaysia.
Now, let’s talk about food. Chinese New Year is all about feasting, eating lots of good food that signifies great fortune, happiness, and prosperity. Shrimp is always a great dish to serve as the Cantonese pronunciation of 虾 sounds like 哈, which means laughter or happiness.
Coincidentally, I received a few requests from my readers how to prepare Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, a very popular Americanized Chinese dish. So, here I share with you my Shrimp with Lobster Sauce recipe, which you can prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year. One thing that I need to clarify is that no lobster is used in this dish. This is pretty much a shrimp dish with a Cantonese-style egg sauce. As to why it’s called a lobster sauce, I have no idea. But being a Chinese, I think whoever invented the dish is a smart marketing whiz as it sounds so much more delicious with the word lobster in its name.
I have MANY Chinese/Lunar New Year recipes here on Rasa Malaysia. Please click here to check them out. If you are cooking abalone for your family, you have to start cooking NOW as it takes days. My recipe of braised abalone and sea cucumber is here.
Have a healthy and prosperous Snake Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!