Lantern Festival, 元宵節 (yuán xiāo jié)

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Day 15, Lantern Festival

(Traditional Chinese: 元宵節 , Pinyin: yuán xiāo jié, literally: first night festival)
The 15th day marks the first full moon after the Spring Festival and of the New Year, also known as yuán xiāo jié meaning “first night of the full moon”. The day is as well known as Lantern Festival day.

Another reunion dinner is held with lanterns and oranges being a large part of the celebrations.

It is customary to eat special sweet dumplings called yuanxiao resembling the shape of the full moon. These round balls are made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with sugar fillings, symbolizing reunion.

Yuanxiao are also called tāngyuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯圓, Simplified Chinese: 汤圆 ) or tāngtuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯團, Simplified Chinese: 汤团).

Tāngyuán literally means “round balls in soup”, tāngtuán translates to “round dumplings in soup”.

During this festival lanterns are displayed, at times as lantern fairs, and children are carrying lanterns to temples.

The festival is associated with guiding lost and ill bred evil spirits home, while celebrating and cultivating positive relationship between people, families, nature and the higher beings as they are believed to be responsible for bringing and returning the light each year.

Another legend associates the Lantern Festival with Taoism. Tian Guan is the Taoist ‘Ruler of Heaven’ and the god responsible for good fortune, bestowing wealth and good luck. His birthday falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is said that Tian Guan likes all types of entertainment, so followers prepare various kinds of activities during which they pray for good fortune.

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So as tradition states, it’s the last day of official celebrations! Well we can still celebrate any day! Whoop whoop!

Today I celebrated this day with my wife’s mum and sister by having a reunion lunch. We are lovers of FOOOOOD! Oh glorious food! That’s why in Singapore you will not worry that you will die of hunger.

There are hawker centres, quite uniquely Singapore, coffee shops and food courts in the residential area, and of course again air-conditioned food courts and the restaurants in the malls big and small. Well I must say the best food are usually found in the heartlands, and in small coffee shops which are like 200sqm.

Today we went to a restaurant, Uncle Leong Signatures Seafood, at Punggol Waterway Point. Punggol is an area North-East of Singapore, not too far from the Changi Airport, it’s also one of the least preferred residential location by many due to its far proximity from the city center.

Uncle Leong Seafood is one of those F&B businesses which started from humble beginnings in the heartlands. As time goes by and the need to reach a larger audience than it already has, its opened up 3 full-fledged restaurants, Punggol, Jurong East and Toa Payoh. The one we visited is Uncle Leong Signatures Seafood which should be the same but of a higher class.

So Uncle Leong is known for its CRABS! And the crabs they use as not small blue flower crabs or small Sri Lankan crabs. They are slightly larger than average in size at the restaurant we had, and 1 crab is quite enough for 2 people. The signature is “Shimmering sand crab” which is cooked in white sauce and generously sprinkled with cereal bits.

Ok enough reading and let’s drool over the pictures!

Start off with some nice soup! Watercress soup in the background and old yellow gourd soup in the foreground.


Signature Pork Ribs! Mmmmm delish!wp-1486814232262.jpg

Sambal Fried Rice for all the rice lovers! *Thumbs up!*wp-1486814225700.jpg

Dry Curry Venisonwp-1486814219953.jpg

Signature Tofu. Must say why the circular shape?? Also yes its fried 🙂wp-1486814205874.jpg

Spinach egg with century eggwp-1486814196285.jpg

Kong pao chickenwp-1486814188271.jpg

Of course a crab dish! Crab Beehoon Soup! Yums!wp-1486814180179.jpg

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Many thanks!

Uncle Leong’s Signatures Seafood

Singapore 828761
**All photos taken are copyright of the wanderlust mouse!

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