Way back on the 9th of February, the Chinese New Year festival was officially launched…

Launch of Chinese New Year Festival: Belmore Park Sydney - grilled foods, chilly pork, dim sims by May Chan Hong

The ‘May Chan Hong’ food stall… chilly pork, grilled dim sims and more

Launch of Chinese New Year Festival: Belmore Park Sydney - chilly pork in the making

Chilly pork in the making! I’ve never known what these were officially called… but after some snooping around, I can conclude that they are called ‘bak kwa’ or ‘long yok’.

Launch of Chinese New Year Festival: Belmore Park Sydney - tiger

Launch of Chinese New Year Festival: Belmore Park Sydney - takoyaki balls by Colotaro

Takoyaki balls by Colotaro.
Cheers to a great start! What I love about being an ABC (Australian-born Chinese) is that I get to celebrate New Year twice. Nothing is better than getting that extra boost of motivation to fulfil the year’s resolutions.
On another note… As we were lazing on the grounds of Belmore Park like hobos, I was introduced to a website that was totally dedicated to TeoChew people! For those who don’t know what it is… simply put -it is a Chinese dialect. I’ve never been exposed to much of the history or culture, so now that I’m a member, there’s so much to be learnt! Check it out www.gaginang.org.
More info on the 2007 Chinese New Year Festival

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.