today i celebrated chinese moon festival day
the first official holiday i’ve celebrated since i started work. HAPPY CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL! what’s so exciting about this holiday other than having the day off? mooncakes, food, and more food of course! it has become a day of celebration amongst friends and/or family with the tradition of having a harmonious meal and admiring the beautiful full moon. the days leading up to this event often involves the sending and receiving of chinese moon festival gifts from clients, friends, or family. in the work place, this gesture is a form of respect and thanks. popular gifts are anything ‘chinese’ like mooncakes (duh), pineapple buns, green tea, mochi, green/red bean pastries, and the list goes on. in respect to my waistline, now that the day is almost over i am almost relieved that work clients won’t be having to gift all those darn mooncakes and pineapple cakes anymore!
i had a chill day with my family that started off with an early afternoon coffee run at cama cafe.
they finally have milk tea on their menu now! royal milk tea at its best. this reminds me of a few months ago when ben from chowtimes asked me about this particular drink. cama cafe’s royal milk tea is made out of black tea and half cream & half whole milk. super delish.
in preparation for dinner at my grandparents, we ordered take out from
siam kitchen (visit my post here),and 春日日本料理.
my mom also bought some food at the local taiwanese market:
pre-made from the local market: marinated snacks, bbq chicken
home-made: bamboo shoots w/mayo
siam kitchen: seafood salad, fried shrimp cake, grilled marinated neck end pork
春日日本料理: 3 large crabs steamed in butter and LOTS of garlic, later cooked into congee
siam kitchen: green curry chicken
home-made: chinese cabbage & borsch soup
not your traditional home-cooked chinese meal but this was just as awesome.
HAPPY CHINESE MOON FESTY!