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Saturday, February 19, 2005

CNY: Dragon boat races

The final event on Sydney's Chinese New Year festivity calendar... dragon boat races on Sydney's Darling Harbour.

Vendor making hand-made eggrolls. First time I've seen this--very impressive!

Official dragon boat race opening ceremony

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 2/19/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 2/25/2005 2:53 am, Blogger santos. said…

    is that a mobile crepe grill she's making the egg rolls on? awesome. i want one!

  • At 2/25/2005 7:23 am, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    why are the racers lying down?

  • At 2/25/2005 1:39 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    I was down there on the weekend too.

    Were you impressed with what a bunch of freaks the dragon boaters are?

  • At 2/25/2005 7:10 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Santos - It was a strange mix of hi-tech meets homestyle labour-intensiveness! And she rolled those egg rolls perfectly uniform too...

    Hi Jess - I wasn't about to ask them. They had oars! :)

    Nah, they had had races in the morning already. It was hot. They were tired.

    Each team had to race at least three times during the day. Doesn't sound like a lot but when you saw how far they had to lean out to stroke, I wasn't envious at all.

    Hi BHR - Pics? ;-)

    The whole chanting-grunting-team-spirit thing got a bit overwhelming. There was definitely a marked difference between some of the more social corporate teams and the hardcore. The hardcore just flew through the water effortlessly.

    And yes, it all looks very chummy chummy.

  • At 2/26/2005 2:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    mmmm, egg rolls.

    i have a craving now.

    i think my uncle serving me 'love letters' during chinese new year visiting sparked off the craving for flaky, biscuitty, eggy.

  • At 2/26/2005 2:56 pm, Blogger Fish Fish said…

    Wow!! Seem like Sydney was equally merry with CNY celebration huh. Hey, I love the pics of the kids. They are adorable. :)

  • At 2/26/2005 3:15 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi juji - you lucky thing! I don't think I've had the pleasure of "love letters" but I do love my pheonix rolls. And coconut eggo rolls... mmm...

    And ps. thanks for your comment! Keep 'em coming!

    Hi fish fish - Yeah Sydney has a very strong Chinese community. This was the first year that I went to so many events though. I couldn't let my readers now could I? :P

    And yes, I'm a sucker for cute kid pics.

  • At 2/26/2005 3:36 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    Hey... Im new to your blog and really love it. Especially all the reviews!

    Those dragon boaters have such glorious looking arms! ;)

  • At 2/26/2005 10:54 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    Love the pictures. They are wonderful. I sent you an e-mail earlier, I hope you got it. It was a late response to one of the e-mails you sent me earlier. Sorry! =(

    By the way, I've never seen anyone roll spring rolls like that before. Looks cool. When I was in Singapore, I got to witness a lady making poh piah, which was equally fun! And best of all, I got to eat the finished product! =P

    If you've never had "love letters" they are a Nonya crispy cookie (?) that's rolled. It's very thin and light. In Wena's post here, it's the second picture from the top.


    I could probably eat a hundred of them at one sitting (but I didn't)! =)

  • At 2/28/2005 1:47 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Saffron - Welcome! Glad you are enjoying the site and keep those comments coming! :)

    Yes the sheer power and streamlined precision of the dragon boaters was definitely impressive. And corresponding physiques was a nice bonus too :P In a scientific sense of course...

    And hope you see you back here soon!

    Hi Reid - Thanks for the compliments on the photos. It was a fun day (even though I did end up a little bit sunburnt! tut tut).

    I did get your email and sent you a response yesterday. I was similarly slack in responding! :P

    I didn't end up trying the freshly made egg rolls altho' maybe I should have. They probably wouldn't tasted the same, but yes, it was definitely cool to watch.

    I haven't eaten love letters altho' I have seen them in the shops. Crispy sugary goodness is always a winning combination though! I'll have to check them out...

  • At 2/28/2005 12:09 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hiya AG
    The egg rolls machine looks cool! I have never actually seen egg rolls in making. Now I am craving for kuih sapit (love letters)! It's another CNY delicacy in South East Asia!

  • At 2/28/2005 9:09 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi pinkcocoa - I'm gonna have to get me some of these love letters! All this talk is making me very curious! They look like thin crisp sweet wafers and appropriately delicious!


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