On Chinese New Year Eve, we went to a friend’s place for a steamboat dinner. If you have never heard of steamboat, click here to see what it looks like. B & S prepared an generous spread of food for the steamboat. Unfortunately we were all so hungry that we gobbled up all the food without taking photos!! : ) Luckily I took photos of the dessert that I brought over before we went over.
I bought this fish mold from Malaysia a couple years ago hoping to make fish nian gao (sticky cake) for Chinese New Year. In the Chinese New Year tradition, it is common to have a whole fish served during this time because the chinese word for fish (yu) symbolises surplus. So most people eat fish during the New Year to wish for surpluses during the new year. (Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. : ) I have not celebrated a traditional CNY in a very long time!)
Anyway, I decided to make use of the mold to make agar-agar (like jello jigglers). After raiding my pantry, I discovered that my agar-agar powder has expired but I did find a packet of kiwi konnyaku which works too. I made the konnyaku following the instructions on the box and before pouring into the mold, I added a can of fruit cocktail. The eyes of the fish are the cherries from the fruit cocktail. They turned out pretty cute! What do you think?