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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Simple Bento & Chinese New Year, Bento Lunch #223

Packed in our favorite Sassy lunch box.N saw me having tostitos with guacamole and salsa yesterday and said he wanted some for school. He is not keen on guacamole and I gave him cheddar cheese dipping sauce instead.

Chinese New Year(Year of the Dragon) or Lunar New Year is around the corner and I am still contemplating whether to cook or not on CNY's Eve(this Sunday)?  I have been cooking a feast yearly but thought of just going out for dinner this year since most Chinese restaurants are open. I need to go to Asian grocer today to buy 'ang pow/lai sze/hong bao' packets. The envelope is usually decorated with images or symbols that bestow luck, health and prosperity to the receiver.They are red envelopes that are given to children as 'lucky money'.

Traditionally, red packets are passed out during the Chinese New Year's celebrations, from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors. Red packets almost always contain money, usually varying from a couple of dollars to several hundred. Per custom, the amount of money in the red packets should be of even numbers as odd numbers are associated with cash given during funerals. The number 8 is considered lucky (for its homophone for "wealth"). The number six is also very lucky as it sounds like 'smooth' in the sense of having a smooth year.

  • Left- Ham and cheese sandwich, pretzels
  • Right- Organic baby carrots,strawberry slices,blueberries
  • Snack container- Tostitos scoops and cheddar cheese
 Here are the items or similar that I used to make this lunch.

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  1. Thank You Keeley :) You are always so sweet and encouraging!

  2. Great natural colours! I've the same green box. Ah, my boys are looking forward to the red packets. :)) I've 2 reunion dinners to go, my parents n then my PIL, but I don't have to cook, just need to eat. Lol. Happy advance Chinese new year to U. :)

  3. Bentomonsters,thanks. I miss home especially the gatherings in Grandma's house for the reunion. Besides, never need to cook back home and just eat like you do.hahaha.
    Happy Chinese New Year to you too :-)




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