A Great 中秋 (Mooncake Festival) Get-together Lunch at my Brother’s House

中秋lunch at brother's place

中秋lunch at brother’s place

had a great 中秋 (mooncake festival) get-together lunch at my brother’s place toady on 26.7.2015. ^^

tomorrow (27.7.2015) is the actual day for the mid-autumn festival or moon cake festival. 🙂

mid-autumn festival is the time for family & friends to come together again. as the full moon becomes whole & complete, so family & those dearest come together to be whole again. 月圆人团圆。

my favourite verse is 苏轼‘s 《水调歌头》

但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。

the verse (宋词) was actually 苏轼 thinking of his far-away brother 苏辙 on 中秋. 婵娟 means the moon, 美好 whole or prefect. so the poet is transcending time (长久) & space (千里)..sharing a moment..togetherness through time & space..but actually it was much more, many more levels of understanding. my other favourite verse is 明月几时有?把酒问青天.

the full discussion/analysis is here.

中秋lunch at brother's place

中秋lunch at brother’s place

my s-i-l & her helper prepared a good spread! ^^

fish curry

fish curry

fish curry was pretty good.

fish curry

fish curry

nice egg plants & vegetables too.

pan-fried salmon

pan-fried salmon

salmon not bad too.

pan-fried salmon

pan-fried salmon

nicely fried.

fish cake

fish cake

i just loved the fish cakes. i ate very many. 🙂

s-i-l said it’s tiong bahru fish cake but at clementi stall. 🙂

lotus soup

lotus soup

nice lotus soup.

白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken

白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken

my brother thought this 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken was pretty good.

my first impression – chicken not smooth enough, also chicken breast was moist but not sweet enough. as i took more pieces later, the chicken breast was actually pretty tasty because of the sauce.

but basically too much sauce made it not the usual smoothness & colour of a good 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken.

(say) my own poached chicken (above).

i served it a number of times & most recently at a wonderful 14-course homecooked dinner get-together for 19pax friends on 24apr2015. always a crowd favourite. ^^

kang kong

kang kong

& we had nice kang kong. 🙂

teochew moon cake

teochew moon cake

sis bought some “lar piah” teochew moon cake from chinatown. 🙂

black cake (old korh)

black cake (old korh)

& the black cake. hardly remembers them.

black cake (old korh) & yam

black cake (old korh) & yam

& my brother bought some yam.

moon cakes

moon cakes

i brought some moon cakes from shangri-la & tcc.

moon cakes2 moon cakes3

they were given to us by my wife’s friend & my friend.

moon cakes

moon cakes

above the shangri-la twin yoke mooncake, not so sweet & quite smooth, a pretty good one. 🙂

after lunch we stayed & chit-chatted for 1+ hrs. great family time together, a very good day.

c.h.e.f andy