Yeah I'm a bit late on this, but to everyone who celebrates it, Happy Lunar New Year/ chúc mừng năm mới!!
New Years has always been a BIG thing in my family. I remember every year as a kid my parents would close the restaurant for the entire week, just so we could celebrate. Considering that they've been working 6 days a week for the past 23 years, that's a big thing. That week all we would do is eat. Monday- Eat at my aunt and uncle #1's house. Tuesday- Eat at aunt and uncles #2's house. Wednesday- aunt and uncle #3. Thursday- our house. Weekend- The big celebration at my grandma's, with all of the extended family numbering in at what always seems to be over 100 from all over the place.
cherry blossom flowers starting to bloom
But that was five years ago. Since then the number of people who actually show up at my grandma's house seems to grow less and less, and this year the restaurant was only closed for one day instead of seven... I'm just not used to it. Yet, I know that I might be the one who won't show up next year, depending on where I go to college.
red and gold chrysanthemums
And then there's the question of how long will this tradition even last? Ten years from now I'm not sure I'll even remember the already embarrassingly small amount of Vietnamese phrases I know. It's just odd knowing that everything is going to change whether I like it or not.
always gotta have the whole pig
I first saw Sara Moulton make this on a Food Network Thanksgiving special a couple of years ago, back when the channel used to be about food. And when it used to be good. And when it used to have actual chefs hosting its shows. Now I feel that the network appeals solely to people who don't know how to cook or dislike cooking, babying them with recipes such as this and that. (Though this rant is reserved for another post in the future)