Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Solstice

I have totally forgotten that tomorrow is Winter Solstice @ Dong Zhi (冬至/过冬) till I visited Air Itam market this evening (for few bowls a bowl of pipping hot mouth watering delicious air itam longkang laksa) and saw several road side stalls selling the colourful GRB (glutinous rice ball) or tang yuen next to the market. Time really flies. It's the time of the year again...

I haven't made any fish ball tang yuen yet. Will only do so tomorrow (I still have half a packet of glutinous rice flour). The above glutinous rice ball or tang yuen photo was taken during my brother's wedding end of last month, and yeah, I made those tang yuen. ;)


31 comments:

Doreen said...

Arh yes, my beloved glutinous rice balls. I can never forget about 冬至 anymore, coz' that day is also Rick's birthday. He is a 冬至子 Hahahaha.

fibrate said...

Happy Winter Solstice :)
Am home to make tong yuen with my mum, so yeah, it's a good weekend

Michelle Mak said...

happy Dong Zhi chen!!
i ate only 2 or 3 only..
mummy gave it away...thought i dowan to eat...bleaggh

rainbow angeles said...

i ate 3 biji today ;p

i still remember some1 3-8 said can replace fishball as tong yuen... dunno who.. *innocent* ^^

yenjai.net said...

Happy Dong Zhi

Pink Cotton said...

ho! din bring me for longkang laksa!

Chen said...

doreen,
Happy Birthday Rick
So he can have double celebration each year.. eating both the tang yuen & birthday cake ;)

Btw, 21st Dec is the day when i need to renew my road tax and car insurance too :P

Happy Dong Zhi :)

fibrate,
I'm sure u had lotsa fun "playing" with the dough, and might be busy taking one or two (or more?) photos too :P

Happy Dong Zhi :)

michelle,
Wah.. so ko lian. Must be u ate too slow liao till your mum thought u dowan to eat liao :P

Happy Dong Zhi :)

Chen said...

angeles,
3 biji only? Congrats Angeles, u r now 3 years old liao :P

The fishball story ah? Must be Liucas who gave this farnie idea to Ah Boy lah :)

yenjai,
Happy Dong Zhi.
How many tang yuen u sapu yesterday?
Someone say hoh, u have to eat the number of tang yuen according to your biological age :)

If that is the case, i wonder how a 80 years old grandma going to chew and swallow 80 tang yuen :P

pink cotton,
Wanted to bring u wan, but yr stay in Penang is too short lei. The femes longkang laksa stall only opens after noon woh, and u r busy shopping that day prior to flying back home in the evening :P

yenjai.net said...

My MIL insist that I have to take 8
I guess it is for 好预头?

sarawakiana said...

In the olden days we would associate the eating of tang yuen or sii yian with the coming of Christmas. As kids we used to say that Zhong Guo Ren ate tang yuen and hong mou ren ate Christmas turkey/Christmas cake...and then asked what would it make us if we ate both?
In some years we only had tang yuen for both of festivals and carolling visits.

This year I am making tang yuen twice. Once for the Dong Zi and once for Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...

Selba said...

Happy Winter Solstice!

I had tang yuan yesterday from my ex-colleague, yummy... :)

pete said...

Ha ha, Ayer itam longkang laksa! Happy holidays and Merry Xmas to you!

Kok said...

chen,
Happy Belated Winter Solstice! Had a lot of tang yuen? And the tang yuen that you made are veryyyyy red!

mistipurple said...

i love tang yuen love it love it love it! haven't eaten it yet, so i am still one year younger. :p
actually i also love the soup, especially with pandan leaf and ginger infused. yummmmm.

ah ya if i stay nearer to you i will wait outside your door with a bowl, no, make that two bowl, big ones!! :P

a blessed christmas to you, dr chen.
thank you for being a wonderful friend. :)

Redsponge said...

psst, winter solstice? christmas liao lo! quick update! LOL! ;p

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU LOKTOR! *MUACKS*

day-dreamer said...

I'm not in Malaysia this 冬至 and hence I didn't have any GRB this year... haha.

Merry Christmas, Dr Chen! :)

EastCoastLife said...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!!

Winn said...

wishing ah boy merry xmas! and u too chenchen!!

Simple American said...

Merry Christmas to you doc!

I saw the cutest picture frame today. It reminded me of AhBoy as it was a pinscher holding up the frame. Really cute.

Big hugs to you!

Furkids in Hong Kong said...

Wishing you and all those you love, a very Merry Christmas!

carcar said...

LOL! at first i thought how come u use those 'traditional red tray' to serve your tang yuen, looks like it was taken during a wedding ah..

miss u chen, long time no chat!~

cynthia said...

didnt even know when it was.. hahah
so outdated, right?
lol

by the way, merry christmas~!

Kenny Ng said...

Oh no... I miss it again this year. I think I only 25 years old only since my last eat on it when I was that age... LOL

Chen said...

yenjai,
Then u will be prosperous the whole year? :D

sarawakiana,
Haha, This is interesting. First time I hear ppl eating tang yuen for Christmas & carolling visit. :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year :)

Selba,
Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Selba
(3-in-1 greetings, LOL)

There's one version of tang yuen which i haven't eat for ages.. Tang yuen cooked with pork & vegetable soup. Used to have it during my secondary school days in the past :)

Chen said...

pete,
Air Itam longkang laksa is the best (my personal opinion lah, although others might differ) :)

I thought of eating the laksa again today.. But i guess there will be a huge crowd there since it's long weekend. :P

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Pete :)

kok,
I did made some tang yuen that day. Ate some at home & bring some over to father in law's house and had some there too :)

The tang yuen in the post was made during my brother's weddding. We use the red colouring, hence it's red :P

Chen said...

misti,
Wah, did u manage to eat any tang yuen at the end? There are several stalls selling tang yuen the day before the festival. I also see the ready made dough sold in the supermarket. Just had to made it into balls before cooking :)

Can, u can bring two big big bowls. Can made some for u if u r staying near by. Too bad Ah Boy cannot eat tang yuen. Sked he kena cekik by the tang yuen (if he didn't chew the tang yuen properly before swallowing) :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u too. Hopefully next year will be a better year for u, and your business will prosper, and u can get more free time & deserved rest.:)

Chen said...

red sponge,
Lately kinda lazy to write & update post. Should have written a post for Christmas too, but too pre occupied with other stuff :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u, Baby Cola & CCW. Muacks :)

day dreamer,
Can substitute & eat GRB during New Year or not? Fusion of Chinese & Western Festival. kekekkeke

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, DD :)

ECL,
Thanks ECL. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u too. Hopefully next year will be a better year :)

Chen said...

Winn,
Thanks Winn Winn.
Wishing Winn Winn & Liucas Liucas a happy Christmas & Merry New Year too.

And hopefully no one will call Liucas as Zhuk Zhuk Zhuk again. :)

SA,
Thanks SA. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u & your beloved ones too. :)

That must be a nice looking frame. And the picture frame will look even nicer if the buyer put a cute min pin photo inside it :D

*Hugs*

Furkids,
Thanks Pete. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u, Deb & all your fur kids :)

Chen said...

Carcar,
Yeah, those photos r taken during my brother's wedding. I made some GRB too this year but only at the evening of the festival itself :)

Miss u too, long time no yak.
*Christmas & New Year Hugs*

Cynthia,
Hehe, Winter Solstice falls on either 21st or 22nd December each year, just few days before Christmas. :)

Thanks cynthia. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to u & Kian too :)

Kenny,
Wah, u really haven't eat GRB for ages already. Made sure u eat some your next balik kampung trip. We can eat GRB or tang yuen all year round, don't we? :P

Kampungkai said...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Chen said...

kampungkai,
Thanks Kampungkai.
Merry Christmas & happy new year to u too :)