Bonding over sweet dessert


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 23 Dec 2019

(From right) Ah Hua, Eng Ah Siew and Yeap Yee Mooi showing three varieties of tang yuan served at the celebration.

MORE than 200 people from Bukit Mertajam and its surrounding areas, as well as from Nibong Tebal, thronged the Persatuan Hokkien Seberang Prai to taste tang yuan (glutinous rice balls).

They enjoyed eating the sweet dessert which came in different flavours and colours.

Event organising chairman Ong Ah Hua, who also leads the women section of the Persatuan Hokkien Seberang Prai, said the event was organised in conjunction with the Winter Solstice Festival, which fell Dec 22.

The event was jointly organised by the women sections of the Hakka, Hung Kung, Hokkien and Kwong Waai Siew associations while the Hokkien association played host.

“They also tasted a variety of local delicacies prepared by the organising committee,” she said when met during the event at the association premises in Jalan Datuk Ooh Chooi Cheng.

Also present were Persatuan Hokkien Seberang Prai chairman Datuk Ong Kok Sun, state women and family development, gender inclusiveness and non-Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Chong Eng and former Berapit assemblyman Lydia Ong.

Ah Hua said in the olden days, clan members would gather together to make the rice balls.

Chong Eng (in white) being served tang yuan and an array of local delicacies after launching the celebration at the Seberang Prai Hokkien Association hall in Bukit Mertajam. —Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The StarChong Eng (in white) being served tang yuan and an array of local delicacies after launching the celebration at the Seberang Prai Hokkien Association hall in Bukit Mertajam. —Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

“Nowadays, modern families are too busy to prepare the dough, cook the syrup and make the balls themselves.

“It’s more convenient for people to buy ready-to-eat ones instead of making them themselves.

“We did not expect such a good crowd. We prepared plenty of food, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise,” she added.

Marketing manager Jaslynn Tan Hooi Ean, 55, said she came to taste the tang yuan prepared in an assortment of flavours and colours.

“I also tasted a variety of local delicacies. The food was tasty.

“It is also part of our culture to come back to our hometown and gather with family members to eat tang yuan during the festival,” she said.

The crowd helping themselves to the delicious spread of food.The crowd helping themselves to the delicious spread of food.

Doris Wong, 37, who is a medical representative from Nibong Tebal, said she walked into the premises to taste the tang yuan after getting to know about the event from her friend, who also stays in Nibong Tebal.

Chong Eng, in her speech, urged clan organisations to organise more activities for the younger generations to participate.


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