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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chinese New Year Celebrations: Hawker Stalls

Chinese New Year festivities came to an end with the full moon on Sunday after 15 days of celebrations. One of our favourite events during this time of year is the Hawker's Stall market that is held on the banks of the Yarra River in front of Crown Casino.

The usual Chinese acrobatic, musical and martial art performances are held on a stage specially constructed for this event however, for us, these merely serve as a backdrop to the main event.

We tried some fragrant nasi lemak and tender chicken and beef satays. We also had something that I thought was labelled 'Pulut Inti' - glutinuous rice with spicy shrimp filling. Can someone tell me if this is the correct name? The coconutty chendol was just right for quenching our thirst on this warm Sunday afternoon, my favourite part being the gula melaka syrup they squirted onto the shaved ice as a final touch. Also, I finally got to have my ice kachang. I've been looking for this dessert everywhere, but no one was serving it because it has not been warm enough. I'm really not a big fan of sweet corn, but I love flavours of rose water and evaporated milk mixing together - divine!


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