Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mooncake Festival 2008

We went back to PIL's house (in Johor) for Mooncake Festival. It was a merry celebration (similar to CNY) as BIL and family and SIL (who's working in Singapore) went back too. We don't normally go back during Mooncake Festival but since it fell on a Sunday this year, we all planned a trip back.

Our last trip home was during CNY. High time to make a trip home as we miss the local food very much. Well, not that we don't miss the elders. Of coz we want to visit them too. We do see them quite often though (once every 1 to 2 months) as they come to visit us. Back to food, the must-haves are 'koay chap' (a variety of dishes, usually braised, served with flat rice noodles or rice), fish ball noodles, duck meat noodles and fried radish cake, to name a few. *slurp slurp* (Sorry, no photos of these food. Obviously, this is the work of a non-professional blogger. :p)

When we reached the town, we wanted to eat 'koay chap' but the shop was not open. Had fish ball noodles instead. We figured it won't be open the next day too as it was the Mooncake Festival. So we planned to have it for lunch on Monday. Unfortunately, we didn't get to eat it coz we went a little early (11+) and they weren't open yet (so we thought they were closed again for the day). Surprisingly, most of our frequently visited shops were closed. Must be because everyone was very tired after the festival and took the opportunity to rest for a day. So we drove around town, 'hunting' for food. In the end, we settled for fish ball noodles again. But after we had eaten, we went to that area and saw that it was open. Grrr...

Mooncake Festival
We invited some relatives over for dinner. Most of the food was bought. MIL prepared some dishes - fried noodles, fried bihun and vegetarian curry. XY and CE loved the fried noodles very much. They've had that for breakfast. CE can't seem to get enough of it. He's taken his dinner (rice) and he had 2 plates of the noodles (equivalent to a serving for a small-eater adult). He sure loved them coz it was very tasty adult food (it was not 'processed' - I usually rinse adult food with water before feeding him :p).

~ or chean (oyster omelette), satay, fried noodles, otak-otak,
fried bihun, grilled fish, ketupat, vegetarian curry ~

After a yummilicious dinner, we had mooncakes and Chinese tea. The adults were chit-chatting, some watching tv. XY and CH were playing with computer games (playhousedisney) while CE played alone coz no one wanted to play with him. Poor fella. Luckily he kept himself occupied with the Barney puzzle, which didn't last too long.

PIL bought 3 Garfield balloon lanterns for the kids. Purposely bought the same type so they won't snatch from one another (last year was 1 Hello Kitty and 2 Doraemon - the boys wanted Hello Kitty too :-|). But they didn't play with any lanterns that night. In fact, nobody played with lanterns. It was purely an eating festival, with no lanterns. hahaha

18 comments:

wen said...

so it shd be eating festival lor..hehe

Yatie SawaNiLa.com said...

i pun tumpang celebrate mooncake festival... ada mooncake kat rumah and kids enjoy the lantern as well...

andrewjune said...

wah lau ehhh, so much food!
u're from pg rite, married to a johor guy (i remember so!)
wah didn't know johor also had koay chap lehhh...but i thk the one at kimberly street beats the rest hehehe...

glad you had an enjoyable mooncake festival..i will blog about it later :-)

why no photos of the kids or your in laws wan??? hehehe...

SueSue said...

Wah I saw ikan bakar and otak-otak. Wah so hoh chiak.

Alicia said...

woh reli alot of food... must have enjoyed ur food hehehe

Cheffie-Mom said...

YUMMY! The food looks delicious! What exactly is a Mooncake? It sounds good! LOL!

U.Lee said...

Hi Slavemom, Wow! Otak otak, satay.....any leftovers? Ha ha.
Sure looks fantastico! Bet there were some loud burrrupings, huh?
Keep well and have a nice day, Lee.

Dora said...

We have something like party food too instead of the ordinary rice & dishes for dinner that night. But I didn't upload pix of food...

Mummy Gwen said...

Mmmmm...the food very yummy ler. Wah..otak otak is famous there right? **slurp**

Wonderful Life said...

Aiyoo... I salivating liao after looking at the food!! The gathering is so nice...

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Jesslyn said...

satay satay....my fav!
today go pasar ramadan buy some! yummmy!

Jacss said...

wuah...since CNY didn't go back ahh, that's real long so d trip was indeed high time ehh...
thk god finally u had d kueh chap else i bet u will not come back wif peace of mind....hehe
i know johor otak-otak & mee rebus very nice lor.
so ginie..time for u to learn cooking d noodle that CE loved so much heh....
nice food & good catch up but no playing lantern ahh...strange leh!!

BabyBooned said...

no lanterns? hehehee. anyways, well at least the kids had yummyyy food, right?

slavemom said...

Wen, yup... eating festival's more like it. :)

Yatie, we all muhibbah - berkongsi celebrations.

June, u hv vy good memory! I was too lazy to be photographer. :p

Sue, I love the ikan bakar (eat that almost every trip back).

Alicia, yes enjoyed all the food.

Debbie, a mooncake is a round in shape pastry with fillings (traditionally is lotus seed paste) n surrounded by thin crust. Now they r vy creative with the fillings - chocolate, tea, fruits, nuts, etc. Do u hv a Chinatown there?

Unc Lee, no leftovers coz the maids finished them. :)

Dora, it's all abt food, isn't it? ;)

Mummy Gwen, yes, otak-otak is 1 of the famous food down south.

Doreen, thx for the awards!

Jess, the satay wasn't good coz it wasn't grilled enuff. Still a bit soft. U've had ur share?

Jac, the koay chap tak jadi makan leh. Nvm lah... at least managed to eat a lot of other stuff.

BabyBooned, yeah... now they oso get to enjoy the adult's food (esp my boy).

sting said...

oh look at all those food!!! slurp :-) LOL! Hello Kitty must be really popular with kids nowadays ya.. good thing your PIL bought the same type of balloons this year.. I wonder why not many play with lanterns ya..

Bryan and Brandon's Mama said...

Or chean......slurps!!

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slavemom said...

Siew Ting, saved us the trouble of playing 'judge'.

Paik Ling, actually, I don't eat or chean.

Kunthan, thx for dropping by.