Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival


Mid-Autumn Festival this year happen to fall on the last weekend of September, that was Sunday. Prior to this weekend, last weekend Singapore held the F1 night race. September was such a happening month. (Our way of saying that so much of activities going on) This year is so uncanny, based on Chinese calendar. My mum's death anniversary falls on the same day as my wedding anniversary. My mum spent her last Mid-Autumn Festival and departed the next day 10 years ago.

My mum was pious believer of whatever deity she worship. She was a stickler for all the festivals and would duly carried out the rituals that was expected of each festival. On certain occasions she would prepare food as offerings. She would get me to help. There are many festivals to observe in the Chinese calendar. As for the Mid-Autumn Festival it is customary for parents to buy their child a lantern. As the night approaches, a table laid with fruits and mooncakes and urn would be set up out in the backyard to celebrate the occassion. Whenever a festival comes around, it is hard not to think about her. What she did then is greatly appreciated now because I missed those times and not to mention the food.
So this evening after paying our respects to her at the columbarium. My family headed down to The Central @ Clarke Quay for dinner, as this place is alive with Mid-Autumn festivities. Unwittingly we are back here again and to the same restaurant. My mum would occasionally takeout curries from here for our dinner. The food here is wonderfully scrumptious. I had to recommend this place to my husband on one of those early dates as he has never try it before. Now he would bring his business associates and our kids. It serves Korma Chicken, Beef Rendang, Mutton Curry, Sambal Squid, Sambal Prawns, Fried Mackerel with Sambal which are the main draw. Real yummy I must say.

This eatery has been around for more than eight decades. It started off from a small coffee shop in the 1930s named as Hock Loke Kee catering to British soldiers' palate. In those days, it was a popular chillout haunt for them. From the 1930s to 1950s, it was dishing out western food, until the troops from Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom gradually pulled out. An array of western Sumatran dishes called 'Nasi Padang' were introduced to the locals. By now I am sure some of you would have guess which restaurant I am referring to. It is none other than the 'Rendezvous Restaurant'.

Singapore's Famous Authentic Nasi Padang since the 50's

Located at Clarke Quay Central
 Since I bring you so far back in time, let's sit back to watch what was like back then.

Wanderlust Back In Time
When Singapore was a British Colony
     G00d~Bye.  Enjoy . .

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