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Yusheng

Description: It is the tossing of fish salad done during the New Years. People would circle around with chopsticks in hand. Then they would throw the salad as high as they are able, the higher meaning better fortune for the next year and having your wishes come true. The fish is the most important part… Continue Reading »

Soba for Long Life

Description: During New Years, people would cook and eat long noodles believing it to mean having a long life. Background: This tradition is something that the informant’s family engage in every year. Transcript: ML: My mom would cook a certain soba noodle dish on new years to signify a long life. Toshikoshi Soba I think. … Continue Reading »

Chicken Soup has Healing Properties

Main Piece: What is so special about chicken soup? “All Jewish grandmas think that chicken soup will cure most of the things that are wrong with you. It’s called Jewish penicillin. And then I’ve heard that there’s some scientific support for this, in a paper I cannot find… supposedly if the chicken soup contains at… Continue Reading »

Almond and Luck

Context The interviewee is one of my housemates and we often engage in conversation about his Danish heritage. This folklore is a food ritual that he practices as part of a family tradition. ——————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is transcribed from the story told by the interviewee. “Every Christmas eve we would eat pickled herring and… Continue Reading »

Minced Pork Stew Ng Family Style

Context This is a recipe passed down to my mother from my grandmother. I reached out to my mother for the receipt of Pork Stew. It is a very traditional Chinese dish, specifically within Hokkein families. Hokkein is a dialect spoken by Southeastern parts of China, and in Singapore, it is one of the most… Continue Reading »