Chinese New Year is coming! We, people of chinese heritage love to decorate our home during this festive season with auspicious symbols.
From red and gold banners filled with well wishes to beautiful hanging trinkets and bright lights. We love beautiful plants too and one of the most popular are kumkuat trees and pussy willows.
There is however one plant that is completely under-rated but it’s my favourite…because I can grow it easily and it looks so good!
Drumroll please….the arrowroot plant or better known as “ngahku” in cantonese.
Yes, it’s the very popular arrowroot as it makes one of the best snacks during CNY – the arrowroot crisps. The salty, light and crunchy and oh so moreish “ngahku”.
# – The delicious “ngahku” crisps.
When Chinese New Year is approaching, you can often find arrowroot bulbs being sold in massive piles for really cheap at your neighbourhood supermarkets.
So if you’re making your own “ngahku” crisps, do remember to save a few bulbs for growing.
It takes about 3 weeks for the plan to mature, so plant your bulbs about 3 weeks before Chinese New Year is good.
# – First, get some pebbles and arrange the bulbs in a wide, decorative bowl, like this. With the stem sticking out, fill it up with tap water.
You know what, that’s it! All you need to do now is to change the water every two days and wait :)
# – After about two weeks, the bulbs will grow roots and will start to sprout. You will find these beautiful stems growing upwards and the leaves unfurling.
Just keep on changing the water every 2 days and maybe snip off some browned leaves (it does happen) sometimes.
# – Before you know it (or about 3 weeks later), you will find yourself with a bowl of tall and majestic arrowroot plants. And so it’s time to decorate!
# – I like to cut red papers into strips.
# – And wrap it around each plant. Secure with celophane tape.
# – I also like stacking some decorative gold bullions around the plant.
# – And there, your very own auspicious and tall arrowroot plant for Chinese New Year! Huat ahhhhhhhhhh!
Happy Chinese New Year and hope you’re blessed with great health and prosperity in the year of the monkey!