The Dinner That Led On To The Mid Autumn All Nighter

Whipped up a few dishes over the weekend (sounds like very keng like that right) and had potluck with the classmates who didn’t go home for the weekend. It was rather last minute as we only decided to have it during lunch that day. I was like, “Tonight not going out di.. wanna cook,” and Poh Yee’s all “OKAY POTLUCK”. -___- So much for my fantasy of boiled salted broccoli and possibly failed attempts at cooking steak. (apparently you just panfry the steak for like 3 minutes for medium rare! I plan to read up more about how to cook steak.)

Potlucks are fun! Can sit down and talk cock. Lesson learned: Never buy Tesco’s Whatever Balls. EVER. Poh Yee bought chicken balls and it bombed. I bought Sotong Balls (actually wanted fish balls but didn’t read the packet 🙁 ) and it was so sloppily compressed together that the ball would fall apart in your mouth without being chewed on. The last time a few of the classmates went camping and bought some balls from Tesco to cook and they couldn’t even stomach it. That’s saying something considering Maxis DBKL was among the group that went. He eats ANYTHING! Back in Year 2 Lie Yuen and I bought a packet of strawberry oats and it tasted like STRAWBERRY SHIT and we took it to school the next day and asked Maxis if he wanted the rest and he’s like, “Okay.” 

I cooked Lotus + Four Angled Beans + Aforementioned Sotong Balls, Steamed Fish with onions, tomatoes and ginger and sweet and sour prawns with onions and tomatoes. 

Lie Yuen cooked her asparagus with button mushrooms. 

Poh Yee boiled rice and made soup. Her soup is much better now as compared to the days where she offered us sea water. 

Angela took the easy way out – she tapaued! Maybe next time I’ll get to try her specialty kailan.

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Guess which is the tapaued one!

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Sweet and sour prawn. My recipe super easy only.

1. Peel prawns and marinate with sugar and salt.
2. Fry garlic.
3. Throw everything in with sliced onions and chopped tomatoes. If you think my onions and tomatoes look abit pathetic here then you fry the prawn first lor.
4. Add tomato sauce and oyster sauce to taste. MMmm. Don’t worry about the gravy, the prawn will just piss all over your dish. Plenty of fluids. 

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I can stomach this.. my classmates were kind enough to finish it for me! 

I boiled the lotus till it was supposedly soft (still hard when I took it out, sigh) and then stir fried it together with chopped four angled beans and with the sotong balls as well. I usually use oyster sauce to cook my veggie but only used salt and garlic this time. CHING CHAU BEST! <3 

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Steamed fish! So as Jimmy said, the fish was not fresh enough but at least they finished it! I removed the scales and rubbed salt and a little sugar at the front and back of the fish. Steamed it for about 15-20 minutes with sliced ginger, onions and tomatoes all over it. (I THINK!! You l33t chefs don’t laugh at me please!) Oooh, I poured a bit of olive oil over it too and Cze-Yin added salt to the whole thing when I wasn’t looking. Turned out well!

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From one of our favourite dinner places.

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L-r: Xin Yi and Angela. 
Can see Lie Yuen working hard in the background. 

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Another tapaued one.

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Lie Yuen’s asparagus! Jimmy “Michelin” Lie said that the asparagus would be better if it was bigger. Skills wise okay but the problem was with the ingredients, not the cook! 

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We were starving while waiting for the rest to show up.

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At long last!! Soup and rice maketh a meal!

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Group photo before the meal. 

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Can see the pained and hungry smiles on their faces when I demanded to have one of myself too.

So the night went on with us talking excitedly about the following day’s Mooncake Festival event. Lie Yuen brought back the yukata she made for her sister Lie Peh for the Nuffnang Halloween Party a year ago for Poh Yee to dress up as Chang Er – the lady in the moon. 

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That’s my bunny who is supposed to be the bunny in the moon but he did not enjoy a warm reception from the others so I had to put him back in the car.

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Cze-Yin then brought down her awesome tanglung creations!! Crazy girl has been holed up in her room making tooth shaped tanglung and heart shaped and lip shaped and bunny shaped ones as well.

Suddenly, don’t know who had this bright idea to do a backdrop for people to take pictures with Chang Er. Jimmy “Picasso” Lie immediately jumped into artist mode and went about working on it. It was already 8 pm and there we were, embarking on a project. So proud of my classmates, can be so semangat with such short notice. 

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So there we were in Campap looking for materials. Bought some polystyrene boards to create the backdrop, went and bought RM49 worth of cloth to make the background and also for Lie Yuen to sew another costume for Wu Gang, the tree chopper who lives on the moon.

I always thought that the Lady in the moon was really lonely, with only a bunny and a man who is so busy chopping wood in the background. But I think the last time I thought about this was when I was 8 years old.

Now at 22, I’m thinking, damn. They must be having hot moon sex every night! Only two of them on the moon what. Hopefully the bunny is of the vibrating variant. Heh.  

According to chinese superstition, if you point at the moon, you’ll have a cut at the back of your ear.

After what I’ve said, my ears will probably fall off. “OH WU GANG, YOUR WOOD!” Bzzzzzt.

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Jimmeh “Versace” Lie consulting Lie Yuen the tailor.

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Supposed to help out but got carried away making pointless tanglungs with the rest. I came up with a Tulip lantern okay, don’t play-play!

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I don’t know why they used Sock Nee to test size. She’s like the most petite girl in my class and some more it’s a guy’s costume! 

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Cze-Yin’s lips got contours somemore. *kau tau*

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Checking out to see if the material we were using was good for the moon.

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Chwan Horng was assigned the task of drawing chinese clouds.

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He did a pretty awesome job!

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Jimmy “Versace” Lie and his tailor trying it on the model.

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I was assigned the task of cutting out the moon. Plenty of fun with the polystyrene cutter!

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Ee Chean had the task of creating a poem to be put on the backdrop. It looked more like one of the banners that we hang up during funerals after we put the words on it.

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Hahahhahahaha.. think Lie Yuen was leaning in for a kiss. 

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At this point we were still thinking how to go about making the axe for Wu Gang. 

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Flimsiest hammer in the world, but oh so nice! I love my chalk pastels… such nice effect!

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We had Ee Chia over to colour the clouds. Super feng shui type right? We were googling for clouds and they suggested that I google “Justice Pao” because they wanted the kind of clouds behind him whenever he sits in his courtroom. Couldn’t find anything but I found out that Justice Pao is on facebook. With the half black face and moon and everything.

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Cze-Yin and the mess.

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Jimmy “Picasso” Lie hard at work.

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So glad that everyone helped out. We managed to wrap up at 2am, which is rather early considering the fact that we only started work at like 11pm. That includes Lie Yuen’s Wu Gang costume!

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Jimmy “Sparrow” Lie. In the car he was fretting because he wanted to get Maxis and Sett to have their measurements taken by Lie Yuen since most guys would fit into that size but they were in Penang. I told him, “ME LAH… since I’m like the size of an average Malaysian boy.”

“WHAT AM I THEN?!???!”

LOL 

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In search of his nipple.

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That’s what we were going for.

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Jimmy “Blair Witch” Lie claimed that the orb on Ee Chean’s shoulder is a spirit. I said no it’s a dustbunny and he’s like DUSTBUNNIES GOT SMILEY FACE ONE MEH. 

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YAYY. Done. 

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of course I needed one too.

The ADSA Mid Autumn Festival Celebrations 2009 post coming up soon! My stickers sold really well that night! Thank you all of you for supporting me. 🙂 Brenda was a really good sales assistant. I gave a lot of discounts though *stress* but still made a profit lah. Maybe giving discounts is the secret to a massive sale.