Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reunion Dinner 团圆饭 ...


吉隆坡时代广场 ...
Berjaya Time Square, KL ...

A mouth-watering reunion dinner replica
at the ground floor of the Berjaya Time Square, KL ...



Reunion Dinner or in Simplified Chinese '团圆饭' (Tuan Yuan Fan) is a 
Chinese Tradition where all family members will return home to
their parents for a dinner together on the New Years Eve. 
That is why there is always
a large migration of people from city back to their home towns every year ...



A replica of a reunion table was the main decoration here 
at Berjaya Time Square ...




This is not a typical reunion menu but dish counts 
may exceed 10 which I counted here in this replica ...




A dish of mixed vegetables especially the Lotus Root (莲藕) symbolizes 
many children and grand-children, I think this one comes
 with some scallop ...

Usually each dish has a meaning, for example the one in the middle view which looks
like a bowl of soup with some colored balls is called the Tang Yuan (汤圆); 
Tangyuan is usually eaten together with family. 
The round shape of the balls and the bowls where they are served, 
come to symbolise the family togetherness.



At least one dish should be something sweet as the final dish ...

A dish of fish is important but not eaten completely
(and the remainder is stored overnight), 
as the Chinese phrase (年年有"鱼"余) 
"may there be surpluses every year ...



Steam prawns may not be something affordable to 
every family ...
In Cantonese Prawn is pronounced as "Ha",
and "Ha Ha" literally in Cantonese is laughing and
I think symbolizes joy and happiness ...


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The table of food was setup a week ago, and the 
and the food still looks very inviting
because it is just plastic food ...



The setting was at the beautiful courtyard at the ground 
floor of this shopping center ...
A round gateway is a very common architectural element entering
into a courtyard ...


Such an enclosed courtyard is a characteristic of Chinese Architecture ...
It forms a private world for the people who lived within.
Conforming to "Feng Shui", the open space in the middle usually
has the most concentration of "qi" (breath) in the building complex ...

In my opinion, a thoughtful and meaningful decoration ...

23 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Looks delicious Mr. Wong

great serie again....thankt for sharing.

greetings, Joop

Carolina Tavares said...

Everything seems so perfect that no replicas. Tastefully decorated and full of symbols. Very beautiful and harmonious.

Mama-Bug said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition with us. I enjoy learning about other cultures.

Laura.M said...

Buena serie de imágenes...En España también se reune la familia en navidad y año nuevo.
El menú parece real.
Saludos.Laura

Two Tigers said...

This is a great view into the heart of a beautiful tradition. And it also made me hungry! Many thanks.

Misty said...

Beautiful arrangements! Great pictures.

Kenneth Larsson said...

This looks very nice, Wong! I would really like a taste! ;-)

Have a nice day! :-)

Erika said...

I like very much these tablewears. In our country too we use to meet with our parents on New Year's Day.Thanks for sharing your traditions with other countries.
Bye bye
Erika

Martina Cardemyr said...

Great shots! I´m getting hungry looking at this pictures!

Chwile... said...

Dbam w domu o właściwe feng- shui. Odnośnie jedzenia, to tak ładne, że szkoda jeść. Tylko patrzeć, patrzeć.

Luz said...

ummm que delicioso se ve todo bellas fotos!

MIMOSA said...

A beautiful almond blossoms, and that dinner is taken care of the smallest of details

Ursus said...

The table is covered ... red is the color ... and the food looks delicious

Patrick Lucas said...

wonderful invitation in feng shui place...!!

Bitch said...

A special tradition together with the whole
family..
It looks all so well prepared.
Makes me hungry too!
Thank you for sharing these photos with us!

ρομπερτ said...

From where I come from people say, that food holds body, mind and soul together.

Please have you all a good Tuesday.

Randy said...

That looks absolutely wonderful!

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Arnaud said...

I've experienced a full spring festival in China and your pictures bring me some memories from those days. Only the food is pretty different (I was staying in Beijing of course).

OlgitosK said...

As I thought..It looks fantastic place to eat.Great work my friend.!!

UIFPW08 said...

Best traditions,,