Sunday, April 06, 2008

Of Life and Tong Yuen

*Scribbling my table calendar*
It has been 2 months since I moved here for good. Time for personal performance review like what my boss did on me at work. I looked into the mirror and put on a pretentious smile. I have not changed much, didn't I? Except getting 2 more prominent eyebags.
Trying hard to recall any significant achievements in the past 2 months. Perhaps it is the first time I managed to board the right train on the right platform on my own, or the first business that I closed for the company, or even the impressive number of eateries that I have conquered so far (put aside the fact that 90% of the food cannot make it).
Far fetched. Yes I know I'm stretching further and further away from that bowl of tong yuen.
I was feeling rather restless that nite after work, itching for real food, I walked from Clarke Quay to Outram and finally to Chinatown all the way in my 3 inches pumps (with the help of one kind soul in giving direction of course). After strolling around, I stopped in front of this Ah Baling Tong Yuen stall.
I sat down and looked at my big bowl of tong yuen that came with 5 different fillings in peanut soup. All the 5 glutinous rice balls looked the same to me. I sniggered... Isn't life like this? you have no idea what you are going to get next.
True enough, I didn't expect it to be that heart warming.
From peanut, red bean, yam, green tea to sesame fillings. Bit by bit, I wolfed them all down. Life like this, when things turn out to be nasty, people turns out to be ugly, I'll eat it all down.
Bring it on.


Cokeworld Citizen said...

wah i just had tong yuen at the only tong yuen stall in penang. Black sesame glutinous rice ball with black ginger syrup...yumz...

seems everyone is having the same syndrome...if only we can see our lives as the cute lil mochi-s...sedap and yet so pleasant without lacking the excitement factor. lolz..

wmw said...

:)...Hey, closed a deal! That's good...

Kok said...

xiu long bao,
So fast two months liao? Wah, time sure flies!

First business? Congratulations! More to come ya? :)

"Life like this, when things turn out to be nasty, people turns out to be ugly, I'll eat it all down." I like this saying of yours! It's so true! I'll wallop and swallow them all down!:D

Anonymous said...

It's always weird, isn't it? Adjusting to a new home and working environment. Yet I believe your wanderlust and love for something new will see you through...

... you certainly have the feisty appetite for it! Wolf them down indeed! You go, girl!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

haha i will walk around n around for that tong yuen man!

JOjo said...

XLB, i think i tried the same stall of Tong Yuen last year after some me&myself walking around Chinatown,aimlessly.Haha. And it was pretty good, sold by two elderly aunties. =)
Exam in less than 10days, might disappear for a while~
You go girl~ Go Go Go~

HairyBerry said...

a smile goes a looong way...
no wonder i have so many wrinkles...perhaps i smile too much..hehe

yeah, eat them down! but leave the foie gras and otoro for me..hehe...

Big Boys Oven said...

oh the great dessert of all time! but it is in sg! :(

Anonymous said...

You homesick..?? someone bullied you ..?? i hope you are alright.. ;) tong yuen is good.. :) i haven't had any for a long time.. :)

daphne said...

oo.. 2months already? =)

I will take that bowl of sweets anytime.

Xiu Long Bao said...

cokeworld citizen:
Black ginger syrup??? Wat's dat? like a cute little mochi...dat's interesting.

yalor, but a cheap deal lar :p

Huh, it seems like forever for me leh...feels like i have been displaced for 2 yrs over here...haha..Thanks, this line is particularly useful when working.

I'm good as long as my matcha ice cream n sashimi are with me :p Way to go!

hmmm...really dat nice ah? I think i had too much tong yuen dat nite :p

Yalor, dat famous tong yuen stall in chinatown. Best of luck in your coming exam ya!

I also smile alot *Put up a smile* Minus the wrinkles pls.
Restraining order against you, otoro is mine. You can have the goose butt/ foie gras.

I thought they have it somewhere in Msia ah? Then you should come over lah.

Yalor, bullied by uncle N. Kekeke...Im doing fine over here. Work is stressful but I have my ice cream n sashimi :)

Time flies rite? haha...any tong yuen in aussie? I missed it so much when i was in tassie.

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Cokeworld Citizen said...

er gingersoup added with brown sugar syrup, thus black ginger syrup lolz. Pardon my english. Sometimes I also pakai hentam saja :P

Life dah lah depressing at times, takan u still wanna imagine ur life ugly like the tong yuen?

Ling's Passion said...

I love tang yuen too. Don't be disheartened with small achievements. It is a good start to much bigger things in life.

Jason said...

*Make funny face*
Smile lah... and yes, minus the wrinkles :P

How did you took the first pic alone??

Xiu Long Bao said...

thanks for dropping by :)

cokeworld citizen: that is called black ginger soup lar. Tong yuen very ugly meh. I still ate them all down lor.

ling's passion:
Thanks :) More to come. Hopefully...

Wat makes u think dat i took the pix leh :p Dun u find the pic taking style very ala someone? Always senget at the side, somemore quality so good, my poor camera cannot make it lar.

Cokeworld Citizen said...

haha not ugly meh? with all the uneven surface...I din say not delicious also XD...

wah thats u in the profile pic? O.o can teach me how to achieve that without minus-ing the good food?

Anonymous said...

Hang on there young lady! New environment, adjusting to pretty demanding people and culture - I've been thru it myself for the past 14 years and I;m still here. Money's good here if you can look at it as a welcome distraction. Food's CIM here so keep your chin up for your warmer friends across the causeway and of course our yummy food, Good luck!

Anonymous said...

It's not 'anonymous' posting, but vliam.

Xiu Long Bao said...

cokeworld citizen: more sashimi n sushi to achieve that look :p

hey thanks for dropping by :) New place, new food n interesting ppl around sure excites me.

Anonymous said...

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古墓街第7号當鋪 said...

Yummy Yummy Tong Yuen*
So many varieties

Jun said...

hahaha jt imagine tom hanks uttering "life is like a bowl of tong yuen..." ;p