The first thing my good friend, Tammy Hansen, said to do when I got to Singapore was to register with the AWA (American Women’s Association). I’m so glad I did. I went on my first “local tour” on Wednesday, the Mooncake tour in Chinatown. Below is a youtube video on the legend of the Autumn Festival. Long story short, a guy shoots down 9 moons and was rewarded with a special potion that his wife drank and she floated up to the moon.
By the way, mooncake is not something I would ever consider “cake”. Its not sweet like cake and is very dense. Didn’t quite care for it, but did try 3 different kinds (lotus with an egg yolk, date, and regular lotus) These cakes are made with lotus seed paste (lotus seeds stewed in water and then mashed into a paste) and also red bean paste. Not a big fan, but they look really pretty.
The fruit in the pictures is called a Pomelo, which is like a sweet version of a grapefruit. It’s very popular at this time because of the Autumn Festival. Anyone know why that is? It resembles the MOON!!! 🙂 This fruit I would definitely eat again.
I loved this tour and am excited for my next one…the US Embassy!
Miss everyone, but enjoying our adventure 🙂