HE SPENT 15 days and nights to build a mooncake replica of a six-foot tall Admiral Zheng He standing in a Chinese junk.
Kok Wah Confectionary owner Kong Tong Wah’s efforts paid off when his ‘edible’ masterpiece was recognised on Saturday as the Biggest Admiral Zheng He Ship Replica Moon Cake in Malaysia by the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR).
The 4.87m tall x 2.44m wide x 9.75m long mooncake boat, bearing Jalur Gemilang, Barisan Nasional and MCA flags, also had a giant revolving mooncake that contained 10,000 mini mooncakes at the end of the boat.
The 200kg revolving mooncake, which had a diameter of 1.52m and was 0.61m thick, contained 10,000 mini mooncakes.
Sixty-six-year-old Kong, who has been making mooncakes since he was 12, said he used 1,800kg of ingredients comprising lotus, durian and red bean paste for the statues and boat.
“I had 23 workers to help me and we worked about five hours every day,” he said, adding that the replica cost RM80,000.
Kong, who also exports mooncakes to Hong Kong, said it was not very difficult to make the gigantic mooncake boat with the statue.
“I make large mooncakes every year during lantern festival and Chinese New Year, so it has become a norm for me,” he said.
Kong also made the biggest mooncake in 2001, the longest mooncake in 2002, the world’s tallest twin towers mooncake in 2003 and the biggest revolving lantern mooncake last year, all endorsed by MBR.
Recently, the mooncake boat participated in a procession along Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor during the Lantern Festival 2005 organised by MCA that ended at Sungei Wang Plaza.
“We chose to build Admiral Zheng He’s statue to signify his visit to Malacca 600 years ago,” Lim said.
MCA vice - president Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn, who was present during MBR’s visit to the boat, said such efforts would attract more tourists to the country.
“This will portray what Malaysia Truly Asia means in a multi - ethnic community to tourists,” he said.