Bonding over dumpling treat


(From second left) Leng Han, his wife Karin and family members being served dumplings during the celebration at the Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street, Penang. With them from left are Brandon Lim, 22, Leong Xin Yi, 22, Alvin Lim, 24, and James Lim, 18. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

(From second left) Leng Han, his wife Karin and family members being served dumplings during the celebration at the Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street, Penang. With them from left are Brandon Lim, 22, Leong Xin Yi, 22, Alvin Lim, 24, and James Lim, 18. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

SPENDING an evening with 400 people to celebrate Duan Wu Jie (Dumpling Festival) was a first for Karin Lim and Lim Leng Han, both 59.

The couple, with their son, niece and nephews, gathered at the Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street to enjoy the food and dumplings as they marked the celebration.

According to Karin, the couple were invited guests at the event and they later decided to bring their family members along.

“We hope to celebrate the spirit of togetherness this year while providing our younger family members a chance to know more about the Chinese culture.

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi (centre) scooping in the fillings for the dumpling.

“This celebration with all the other guests is a meaningful one, as it reminds all of us of our culture,” she said during the event on Saturday .

Cheah Kongsi chairman Cheah Swee Huat said the event had been held annually since 2008 for clansmen and their family members.

He said they were committed to help develop Penang’s society and make George Town a world-class heritage city.

“We have dedicated ourselves to restoring the clanhouse, interpretation centre, fencing along Beach Street and some shophouses along Armenian Street.

(From second left) Leng Han, his wife Karin and family members being served dumplings during the celebration at the Cheah Kongsi in Armenian Street, Penang. With them from left are Brandon Lim, 22, Leong Xin Yi, 22, Alvin Lim, 24, and James Lim, 18. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star
Guests helping themselves to the buffet spread during the celebration at the Cheah Kongsi.

“All these will become heritage gems to visitors from all over the world, besides instilling pride in our local Penangites,” he said.

Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi commended the effort by Cheah Kongsi for the festival.

“We look forward to more celebration like this in the future, as this festive celebration is not only recognised in Penang, but in other countries too,” he said.

During the event, guests were entertained by a Chinese orchestra playing cultural music and popular tunes like ‘My Heart Will Go On’.

The VIP guests were also treated to a dumpling-making session.

The dumpling is a signature dish to celebrate the festival which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month.