We have barely kept our Christmas decor when another holiday arrives – Chinese New Year! CNY is always a big deal as it involves plenty of gatherings, good food, angpaos and classic TV shows playing in the living room.
But, what if we tell you that you don’t have to watch the same old reruns this year (and the next)? We have handpicked a selection of titles that you and your family can watch throughout CNY, whether it be on the journey back home*, after reunion dinner, or even over snacks and new year games.
Scroll down to view our curated list!
*PS: Applies to passengers only. Don’t dimsum and drive, guys!
On the journey home
Having to brave the long ride back to your hometown? We got you covered with a good mix of fun travel segments taking you around the world without leaving your seat.
Oh, the joys of being young and free. Indulge in a little wanderlust from your screen as you join 8 travel hosts on an almost ‘eat, pray, love’ holiday across different countries. If you are looking to scratch that travel itch, perhaps this will help you plan your next trip!
Always fancied a local guide to the bustling city of Hong Kong? Follow hosts Jason and Crystal as they show you a different side of Hong Kong, from culture, food and the people. This show is perfect for light-watching, no keeping up required, so you can definitely watch this anytime, anywhere!
Naturally, eating and savouring our food is always an important part of the festivities, so we have gladly saved some of our food-centric series for this category!
Talented chef Jia Yao is forced to marry Chun Yu, a secret informant in a bandit group. The two were constantly butting heads but went their separate ways when the group was destroyed. They run into each other years later, but will they be able to salvage what’s left of their rocky relationship?
Follow the journey of 3 bubbly hosts as they travel around the country, sampling the street fare and listening to the stories of the people that embody the spirit of Taiwan. It’s a great episodic show to enjoy without having to follow a plot or a story, perfect for discussion and light banter.
Variety broadcasts are a common must-have during the CNY period for their comedic relief, so naturally, we had to include at least one on our list! The premise is simple: 3 women compete to prepare a dish around a theme or ingredient and have their dishes rated by different judges every week. The catch – the guests are usually not familiar with cooking!
Now that everyone is fed and content from dinner, it’s usually on to the card games or a bout of serious TV-watching. We have put together 3 titles that offer a mix of comedy, action, and heartwarming moments.
Are you familiar with Bruce Lee’s humble beginnings to international superstar? Bruce Lee, My Brother is based on the book “Memories of Lee Siew-Loong”, retelling Bruce’s story before moving to America at the age of 18. We definitely recommend this if you’re a Bruce Lee fan or are just curious about his origin story.
Chinese New Year is all about family bonds and we got just the show to highlight this theme! Siblings Chut and Jane have always been at each other’s throats even on the most trivial of matters. One day, Chut’s paranoia kicked into high gear when he finds out his sister has a boyfriend. How will Chut adapt to this new person in their lives?
This movie is particularly special because it’s a homegrown project by JY Teng with a script written by Ryon Lee.
Shui, an old Alzheimer’s patient is living with his caretaker Ha in his home. Ha has always patiently looked after Shui but after a particularly nasty outburst by him, she quits. The neighbours worry about him and contact Ha’s son for help. Meanwhile, Shui falls heads over heel for a lady, who seems only fixated on his money.
And here are our picks for CNY this year! We hope you find it useful as you tackle on the journey, family visits and delicious snacks. Of course, the dimsum team would love to see you watching our shows during the holidays – tag us on the ‘gram @ dimsumasia or facebook @ dimsum.my!