We cina Ahpek celebrates the Rice Dumpling Festival (Tuen erm jit or Duan Wu Jie) on the 5th day of the 5th month (chinese lunar calender la), Celebrate what you may ask? I dunno ler ... we chinese Ahpek "shit no come out" also we can celebrate wan LOL!
ok ok jokes aside .... there is actually a myth/story behind the celebration one .... I copy n paste let u read ok?
Many moons ago, in ancient China, patriotic poet and statesman Qu Yuan threw himself into the waters of the Milo River in protest against corruption and injustice. Fishermen, to protect the young idealist's body from being devoured by demons, beat drums and gongs and threw rice into the water as offerings. In memory of this occasion, every year during the period surrounding the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar (the day Qu Yuan drowned himself) Chinese Singaporeans hold dragon boat races and eat dumplings. The races are said to represent the search for his body.
The dumplings, or zongzi, little packets of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, are thought to have their origin in the bamboo tubes of rice thrown into the river as offerings. To keep the river dragons from eating them, the packets were tied with brightly-coloured silk threads (which dragons fear).
So .... thats the story huh? hehe solilar I also first time read only kakaka!!! Dun hate me bcoz i m cina ciplak can??!!!
Anyway Harm Yoke Jung is one of my all time favourite food! I could eat 5,6 or 7 pcs a day ... depending on how big they were la.
So today you could not imagine how happy I am to see 3 pcs of Rice Dumplings on the dinning table.
Me : Wuahh!! got HARM YOKE JUNG!!! I like!!!!
Bini : Oi! Oi! dont touch! not for you wan!
Me : Then for who?
Bini : For Wednesday prayers wan.
Me : WTF!!! you bought only 3 pcs for the prayers??!!! Why cant you buy more??!!!
Bini : If I buy more then ppl will blog n tell the whole world how I burnt his money liow la ....
Me : #@$%%&*&*!!!! Harm Yoke Jung how much a piece only??!!!! Where can kira lidat wan??!!!
You think the GOD will be pissed at me if i curi 1 piece to eat anot??
ARGHHH!!! I WANT MY HARM YOKE JUNGssssssss!!!!!!
If you got Harm Yoke Jungs to spare pls email me ... i will reply with my postal adress wan .. tenkiu!