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Monday, 18th December 2017

Irish Born Chinese

Spring Lantern Festival

Spring Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival that is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month, and the last day of Chinese New Year. It also means the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day.

It's also a time when folks eat sweet sticky dumplings called "tong yuen" (湯圓), they are made of glutinous rice flour and is rolled up into a ball, it has fillings like peanut, sesame or red bean (the ones I've ate anyway :-)). They are boil in water (with ginger and rock sugar), and are super satisfyingly filling, especially as a dessert.

You can buy them at your local Chinese supermarket like these ones from Asian Market on Drury Street in Dublin.

You can find out more about the Spring Lantern Festival and its origins from

My POV if Dublin should have a Chinatown

I attended the discussion if Dublin should have a Chinatown. I left with a feeling of disappointed and not very satisfied with the arguments for a Chinatown.

Gung Hei Fat Choi

Chinese New Year is just a couple of days away. It's the year of the rooster this year.

Michael Hui to direct a film again after 25 years

This is amazing news, I've always been a big fan, happy memories when I watched his movies growing up.

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