Chinese New Year means that I get to enjoy a simple vegetarian breakfast with my family - a rare occasion because we live in three different countries.
This spread of vegetarian dishes is what my family will have for breakfast on Chinese New Year's Day. According to my mom, it is a simple token of sacrifice to various Chinese gods for their protection the year before.
But for me, this is no sacrifice at all - it is my favourite meal of the festive season. Stir-fried vermicelli with soy sauce and cabbage. Vegetarian barbequed pork. Mock goose and chicken meat made from bean curd skins - first marinated, then folded into layers and deep finally fried. Vegetable curry of beans, eggplant and cabbage. And my favourite, deep-fried tofu.
Same earthy but delicious dishes. Year in year out.