When we learned Lunar New Year was the biggest celebration for Vy’s family, we had to celebrate. I took Vy to the Asian Market to get a few things I didn’t have and though she makes pho regularly for us, we decided it was a safe and very yummy option to serve our guests. The traditional Tet (New Year) food was waaaaay too time consuming for my liking, though it would’ve been fun to taste.
I surprised Vy with some extra special touches that she found when she came home from school before the party. The Lucky Money tree (filled with money), the decorations, and even a bowl of cuties (since I couldn’t find cumquats).
We had 5 gallons of broth simmering on the stove and had all the parts to the pho ready to put together when guests came. You make the noodles and layer noodles, thinly sliced onions, and thinly sliced beef before ladling in the broth (which cooks the meat). Then you top with bean sprouts, cilantro, mint or basil, any spicy garlic chili sauce….and eat. It is tasty goodness in the belly.
And then we finished it off with a very yummy coconut cream cake made by the infamous Gran-Tam.
Then on to the Lucky Money…each person under the age of 25 got to come choose an envelop off the tree and see how ‘lucky’ they were. Don’t let us fool you…there were no $100 bills in there like at Vy’s family’s party. The lucky only got $5 here…but the kids LOVED it.
Can I just say how much I love seeing so many different ethnicities in these pictures? Exchange students from Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam were here to join. What a fun night.