Friday, October 2, 2009

LENGKOK -WATER CALTROP (Trapa natans)

On 20th July 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon and described it as "A Sea of Tranquility", my belief of the Moon Goddess went to zero! but the tradition of celebrating the Moon cake festival must go on in the family.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon cake o
r Lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar calendar i.e.: 3/10/2009.

The offerings for the Moon Goddess are Moon cake, Taro, Lengkok, Chestnut, Pomelo, Peanuts, Chinese tea......etc.

Lengkok -Water Caltrop (Trapa natans) an aquatic plant that looks like a pair of buffalo horns is only available once a year and it's signifies perseverance.


Of all the offerings, I am fascinated with the Lengkok (water caltrop-trapa natans) which can be eaten and can be make into a spinning top (video).




To savor it's nutty flesh-crack it up with a hammer.

9 comments:

Alice said...

Looks great! We don't do the offerings ourselves, but we do enjoy the moon cakes! Your offerings look delicious! : P

Duckie said...

i've always wondered how to eat that!!!

Selba said...

Hahaha..... ah, too bad that you don't believe on Moon Goddess anymore, it's like when we found out that there's no real Santa Claus.

EatTravelEat said...

Wow, those mooncakes are so colorful and bold! Haven't seen such variance in colors in my area. Lots of mooncakes to choose from, but none are that colorful!

Sin Tai Lim said...

i like the alien looking black stuff and it can spin, wow something from outer space...

foodbin said...

Alice-thanks!
Duckie-use a nut cracker of a hammer.
Selba-yes the same perception.
ETEat-those are homemade Jelly mooncake.
STLim-are you sure you have not eaten it before?

Little Inbox said...

Now I learn it, thanks. So far, I have not try any yet.

CUMI & CIKI said...

lengkok looks like the devil!

foodbin said...

LInbox-go and try it.
C&Ciki-yeah! esp on close up.