Last weekend was Chinese New Year’s – 新年快樂！I was lucky enough to be invited over to a new friend’s house to be a part of their Chinese feast. It was a mixed crowd, but mainly Americans in their young 20s (I was the old one there!). There are limited Chinese groceries here so you definitely have to improvise a bit. I’ve been told the Chinese grocery store is in a place called China Center (of course) but I haven’t made it there yet.
For dinner, we had dumplings (pork/cabbage and vegetarian), fried rice, cucumber salad, sweet dessert dumplings, and then randomly a homemade nectarine/pear pie for dessert. I made dumplings often enough in the States that we always usually have frozen dumplings on hand for a quick meal or snack. But there are always dumpling wrappers you can buy in the store. Not so much here. So we had to make our own dumpling wrappers, which is a pretty labor intensive job. The host didn’t have a rolling pin, so I brought mine but everyone else helping had to use drinking glasses to roll out the dough! I think also there was too much water in the dough and the wrappers ended up being really soft and falling apart when we boiled the dumplings. =) But the ones that we fried in the pan turned out great and delicious! It’s usually 3 parts flour to 1 part water for the dough, but I think the flour is different here, or blame it on the altitude, it just turned out differently. It’s funny because I’m sure every Chinese family makes their dumplings a different way so the filling was definitely different than how I usually make them. The little things you notice. But definitely still yummy all the same!
Unfortunately, Mike was traveling in Mozambique for work so he couldn’t join. But he was hanging out at the beach all weekend without me so don’t be too sad for him. =) It was so nice to have a little bit of my annual tradition here in Nairobi and maybe next year Mike and I will be hosting our own group of friends.