Happy 100th day to my dear cry baby ♥
Since (unfortunately) I don’t know much of Taiwanese/Chinese culture of doing 100th day celebration (ginger and red egg party?), I did the Japanese style celebration for my daughter: Okuizome. It is performed in hopes that the child would never have to worry about food. I wasn’t planning to do it at first, but I heard one of my Japanese mommy friends did it, so I was like, heck, why not?
Here is the whole setting I had for my daughter:
- Fish. We are supposed to use Tai (red snapper/sea bream, known for celebratory fish) for this, but Ranch 99 didn’t have it today so I replaced it with tilapia… I didn’t feel like grilling it so I just asked Ranch 99 to deep fry it, too. The sea bream (served with the head and tail intact) is homonyms with mede-TAI which means joy and celebration in Japanese.
- Osekihan (red bean rice). This is made with sticky rice and red beans and often served on auspicious occasions in Japan. Color red is auspicious color.
- Osuimono (soup). I made it with clam and shrimp. Each of clam shells only match to its original pair, hoping that the child will some day find a significant other to share her life with. Shrimp has bent back, hoping that the child will live to a great age.
- Chikuzen-ni (stewed vegetables): It has lotus root, hoping that the child will see far ahead to the future. Also bamboo shoot, hoping that the child will grow well like bamboos.
- Sunomono (pickled vegetables): I put octopus in it, meaning the child will have lots of happiness (多幸), or her teeth will line up beautifully, just like octopus’ sucking disk, or hoping that the child will not have to worry about food.
- Umeboshi (pickled plum): The wrinkled pickled plum represents a wrinkled old person in the hope that the baby will live a long life.