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New Year’s Day for Australia and most of the world: 1st January 2012.
Chinese/Vietnamese/Lunar Calendar New Year: 23rd to 25th January 2012.
I’ve always known about the first two given my Chinese background but thanks to thehouseofem and K, there’s a third New Year’s celebration to add to the list and that being Cambodian/Laotian/Thai/Sri Lankan New Years: 13th to 15th April.
Susper and I accepted thehouseofem’s invitation to join her at a Cambodian temple’s New Year celebrations and we were both looking forward to the experience.
We waited for thehouseofem at the wrong temple. The Chinese and Vietnamese writing should have given it away. Duh!
Upon receiving a call from thehouseofem, we walked over to the correct temple. Oh, and the music, sounds of people and aromas of food lingering in the air should have also given it away.
Some sort of banana dessert if I remembered correctly.
Susper bought one to try. While she enjoyed the taste very much, I think she also regretted squeezing it in amongst all the other food that she had already consumed.
Grilled pork skewer with pickled carrot and turnip.
Grilled beef skewers with pickled carrot and turnip.
Various rice and noodle dishes. $5 per bowl!!!
Fried noodles with spring rolls.
Fried noodles minus the spring rolls.
Glutinous rice ball with coconut.
Grilled corn with coconut sauce. Who knew that corn and coconut went hand in hand with one another? Well I didn’t anyway, until I tasted it. DELICIOUS!
Waffle, get in our bellies now!
Minus the stinking hot weather and the throngs of Asian teens throwing shaving cream/silly string at one another (Lunar New Year festivals), this event was actually quite enjoyable. It definitely felt more family-orientated, which was a nice change of pace. The delicious food further added to the positive experience. We were all food coma’d out by the end of the night. I look forward to returning again next year. Oh and getting some more corn lathered in coconut sauce. Mmmm…