There were many. Now there is only one. This cannot even be called a Reunion Dinner because there is no one to be reunited with. Nevertheless, I cooked myself a rather scrumptious meal.
When Mum was around, she never failed to cook my favourite Chinese New Year dish which is the Hou Si Fatt Choy. This is braised dried oyster with black moss, roasted pork, shitake mushroom and Chinese cabbage. I have never done this before but it tasted just like how Mum used to cook it.
The other dish was Luo Han Zai which is a Buddhist vegetarian stew. It did not turn out well as all the ingredients were mushed. I had used water chestnut, button mushroom, cloud ear fungus, cellophane vermicelli, dried sweet bean curd, gingko nuts, cabbage and red fermented bean curd.
My neighbour Soon Leong and his wife had invited me to have lunch at his apartment. Mum and I had New Year Eve lunch at their place last year. I wanted to be alone this year to spend some time in quiet contemplation. This Chinese New Year and subsequent ones will never be the same again without Mum. Hopefully, I will get used to it in years to come. For now, I will try to pretend that it is just another ordinary day.