Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Teochew Festival 2014 - Teochew Delicacies

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At Teochew Festival 2014, I was so happy to see these lovely fish maw (鱼胶) on sale..... until I saw the prices. ╭(╯ε╰)╮

Fish maw is a good source of collagen and aids with blood circulation. Good grade fish maw are expensive ...... it can cost thousands of dollars for a kg.

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Crowds gathered at this preserved pickles stall. They were tasting samples of pickles like Buddha's Hand gourd (chayote, 佛手瓜). I seldom eat pickles and preserved food due to health reasons, so I didn't buy any.

These pickles remind me of my late grandmother who must have these dishes daily as she ate her porridge. For decades, she ate these. She was healthy and had no major illness. She passed away peacefully due to old age at 98.

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We watched a Teochew gongfu tea demonstration and sipped a small cup of fragrant pu er tea.

There are some really first grade tea which are priced very high. The 80 kg giant Chinese tea cake is selling at S$20 000, any takers?

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We could smell the aroma of this Teochew traditional peanut candy a few stalls away. We tasted this fragrant Teochew snack while watching the masters making it. My friends bought some home and also to give away.

Teochew Festival 2014 (25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014)
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Admission fee: S$5 per person

Monday, September 29, 2014

Teochew Festival 2014 - Teochew Arts and Crafts

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Brought some friends to Teochew Festival 2014. Teochew is the second largest spoken Chinese language used in Singapore, so these friends who are Hokkiens, Hainanese and Cantonese want to know more about the Teochew culture and heritage. :)

My friends first toured a museum on the history of Teochews beginning from the Qin Dynasty. Many visitors were seen taking pictures in front of this impressive reproduction of the hull of a traditional Teochew junk which many of our ancestors hopped onboard to sail to a better life.

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Teochew embroidery (潮绣) is one of the four famous embroideries in China. My girlfriends and I were so fascinated with this beautiful art, lots of oohs and aahs at the hand-embroidered flowers and realistic-looking dragons and phoenixes. The 3D embroideries were truly impressive.

We watched a demonstration by a craftsman who was using gold and silver inlay on her piece, it is different from other embroidery.

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Traditional Teochew lantern making...., watch craftsman Chen Zhoumao's fingers fly as he works. Wow.

After making a lattice bamboo frame, strips of translucent paper are then stuck on the bamboo frame, using a special glue. Making a lantern is a tedious chore.

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Teochew woodcarving (潮州木雕) originates in the Tang Dynasty and is very popular in Chaoshan. A great deal of wood carving are used by Teochew people in their buildings.

We watched a craftsman using quite a number of tools to carve these intricate and beautiful woodcarvings. Prices of these master pieces are high. :)

Learn more at Teochew Festival 2014 (25 Sep - 5 Oct 2014)
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
Admission fee: S$5 per person.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Teochew Festival 2014 (25 Sept - 5 Oct) - Photohunt

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PhotoHunt theme : Morning /Fairs

Teochew Festival 2014 is organised in conjunction with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan's grand 85th anniversary celebrations.

Together with some friends, we visited the fair this morning. There were many senior citizens, most of them came with their families.   

I met some relatives and friends at the fair. I was glad to practise speaking my dialect with some of the vendors from Swatow.  haha....

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We were fascinated with the intricate and beautiful Teochew embroidery and wood carving. There were demonstrations of teapot and lantern making. 

My friends shopped for some Teochew food like Swatow pickled vegetables, peanut candy, tau sar piah, fish maw and tea leaves.

We watched a gongfu tea demonstration and were offered a small cup of fragrant pu er.

We had a rest by the stage and watched a Teochew opera performance.

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There is a Food Street selling some of these Teochew delicacies :

braised duck and goose (潮州卤鹅)
fried rice noodles with kailan and preserved radish (char kuay teow) 芥兰菜脯炒粿条,
oyster omelette (or luak),
Herbal soup (Bak Kut Teh)   
Pork trotter jelly ter ka tan (猪脚冻) 
Glutinous rice cakes and Swatow dim sum

Singapore Teochew Festival 2014  ( 25 Sept - 5 Oct )
新加坡潮州节
11am to 10pm daily Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza   义安城广场
S$5 admission fee 入门票

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