Friday, February 15, 2008
So coincidently I did not cook rice today but just fried tonyam bihun. It will be mouth watering to drink the "thong shui" right after eating bihun.
recipe for tonyam bihun:
- a packet of of bihun (your choice)
- shallots and red chillies chopped finely together
-white cabbage(wong nga pak) or cabbage
-tonyam paste any brand will do
-red chilli sliced thinly for garnishing
Can't really felt time pass by so quickly and today is already Friday, 9th day of Chinese New Year. Slept quite late last night as the sound of fire crackers was heard loudlyburst in the air just after past midnight. Years ago our neighbours celebrated this ceremony in a grand way where so many guests were invited but nowadays when their children gets older and this occasion is not as grand as it used to be though they still continue to practice this prayer to the Jade Emperor.
During the ceremony my neighbours will placed special sacrifices such as roast pork, chicken and duck and at times mutton meat are placed on the praying table. Each side of the table is tied a long sugarcane stalk to it. The final part is where large amounts of careful folded pieces paper that symbolizes money will be burned.
Eventhough the Jade Emperor himself is a vegetarian, he is believed to feast along with his non vegetarian friends. In few temples it is seen. there are two servants will be holding fanhuge amounts of little and careful prepared paper pieces will be burned. It symbolizes burning money.s above his head and also with military soldiers.
He is usually seated in imperial robes and has a crown with short strings of pearls dangling from the front. Both of his hands holds a flat short tablet at his chest. Some of the Chinese still continue to place dried or fresh vegetarian food at the alters to pray.
That is a little bit discription that I can say from what I have heard from my taoism friends.