Simonsfield celebrates Chinese New Year with banana fritters and home-made fans

Residents of Simonsfield Residential Care Home in Liverpool enjoyed a banquet out – and another banquet in – for Chinese New Year.

We went in our minibus to our favourite restaurant, Tai Pan, in the city’s Chinatown area of Dock Road. There we enjoyed a three-course lunch of soup and dim sum – as well as a choice of main dishes.

Our activities co-ordinator, Dawn, said: “Tai Pan is fantastic. There is a big Chinese supermarket downstairs as well as the restaurant that’s always busy and popular. It’s easy to park outside which is important for us.”

While at Tai Pan, Dawn picked up prawn crackers, and hoi sin and sweet chilli sauces from the supermarket, to form part of an authentic feast back at the home.

She continued: “The residents made paper lanterns and fans to decorate the home. I have a friend who has a wallpaper shop, so I save all her discontinued sample books, which are perfect for crafts like this. I helped our kitchen staff make treats like banana fritters, and sweet and sour pork, and we had another banquet!”

As part of our afternoon activities, Dawn read to our residents from a big picture book about the history of China, and we talked about everyone’s year of birth, finding out whether that made them a tiger, rabbit, or dragon, etc.

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