It is a tradition for married couples to give red packets to unmarried juniors during Chinese New Year. Red packets are also known as 压岁钱 (which literally means using money to suppress or put down the evil spirit) during this period. It is also a tradition to put brand new notes inside red packets.
My first trip to the bank was unfruitful as they ran out of new notes and was told to come back the next day. The second trip yielded no favourable result too as new notes were running out fast. I only managed to exchange new notes on my 4th trip to the bank.
While I in the queue, I overhead a commotion. A couple in their fifties and an elderly (probably in her eighties) were attended by a Malay staff. The staff explained that since the elderly only speaks and understands Teochew, she couldn't proceed with the withdrawal transaction as she was worried the elderly may not be aware that money will be withdrawn from her account. The staff explained that she will have to refer them to her Chinese colleague so that mutual communication may be carried out. The couple showed their displeasure and insisted that the old lady is aware of the happenings. Apparently, the withdrawal is in the form of a cheque, addressed to the younger lady. Given the benefit of doubt, the elderly may be withdrawing money on own accord but we have heard and see many cases of elderly being cheated of their hard-earned money. I applaud the staff for their conscientious towards this matter.
XY shared this very interesting snack in a mothers' forum a few weeks ago. I never like the idea of deep frying so I started off with the microwave. They turned out crispy alright but some ends turned brown due to the uneven heating. Next I tried baking in a low temperature oven, with and without oil. The crabstick turned out crispy but the whole lot got stuck together despite a stir in-between baking time to break them up. Finally I resorted to deep-frying but it was way too oily. I'm definitely going to make this again either with the microwave or oven, no more deep-frying. This is a simple yet delicious snack.
I'm sharing the method of cooking this with microwave.
1 packet crabstick, shredded
Lay shredded crabstick on a microwavable plate in a single layer.
Microwave on High for 2 mins, remove and give it a stir, microwave for another 2 mins.