Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The suave and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about the Dragon Boat Festival which culminates on 18 June 2018…and super-delicious Dumplings from the…
MARRIOTT Singapore, one of my most favorite hotels and a 5 Star haven in the heart of Orchard Road at the Xrossroads..Their all time Pork and Chestnuts and salted Duck Egg Yolk pyramid of gastronomic delight wrapped in bamboo leaves is to destroy terrorist bases in Syria for! There are those who find my dramatic exaggeration hyperbole off-putting… I say to them, “Who cares what lily-livered libtards and goondoos think! To paraphrase Clark Gable in “Gone with the wind”…I say to these small minded Spiesers (Spiessbuergermentalitaetat Idioten), “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” wahahahah! 🙂
Marriott this year also has a Vegetarian offering of “Five Grains” Dumpling which to my suprise and delight is absolutely yummie! It almost made me a Vegan…almost, but not quite. Therefore I also delighted in tucking into their Vinasse Chicken Dumpling flavoured with fermented soya beans! Ich liebe es! I really like this Dumpling!
Keep calm and carry on eating!
Aha! A short word on the origin of the Dumpling/Dragon Boat Festival…Duan Wu Jie. Councillor and Minister Qu Yuan lived in the state of Chu in the 3rd Century BC. He warned Lord Huai of a looming threat from the northern state of Qin…he was banished for his good efforts and unappreciated. IN the bad or good old days (depending on your point of view), messengers who brought bad news were usually beheaded by the Emperor…Depressed like crackpot anthony bourdain, he drowned himself in the surging currents of the Mi Luo river. What a way to go…Fishermen who were his fans failed to save him and in their great wisdom (irony intended) decided to throw rice stuffed in bamboo stems into the water to prevent the fishes and the River Dragon from eating his corpse. Somehow I do not think it worked so well…So there you are, we eat dumplings every year to remember him. Mind you, inoffensively a dn respectfully, I personally do not think much of people who commit suicide. It smacks of negativity and stoopidity but what the hell! Keep calm and enjoy eating dumplings! Bloody good dumplings from Wan Hao in the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza!
A short original poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
Eat first, swim later…
Do not jump into the river
Eat dumplings and all will be well!
Ha ha! 🙂
Bon appetit! 🙂