Inside my treasure chest are these ....
2 boxes of "face powder"
I am not sure what they are called but I can remember my late mother would buy a box of this every year during the 7th day of the 7th Lunar Month (aka in Chinese the festival of the 7th Maiden and cowherd). This was one of 7 items which were offered for prayers and after prayers, my mother would tell each of us to smear this powder on our face so that we could get a beautiful complexion (but I guess it did not worked for me!) When she passed away, we found a box (the top one) in her closet and I took it back for remembrance. Then a year or 2 back, I passed by this shop in Petaling Street that specialised in all sorts of Chinese traditional wedding paraphernalie and I bought another box (the bottom one) which is supposed to be rouge... so ok now both of them have each other for company!.
Last week, while I was reading in my room, Sarah came in and started to enquire about these boxes. After hearing my story, and out of curiousity, she opened the pink box! When we saw the broken and "furry" sides, we quickly opened the white box too and imagine our surprise as the contents were in perfect condition after so many years!
Upon examining the packaging, we noted that the pink box was made in Thailand while the white box was made in China. So question is which one is the original?
Just the picture of the dinner we had that night... Stir-fry French beans with black fungus and onions and topped with crispy fried whitebait.
Steamed Pork ribs (there are beneath) with eggplants.
The pork ribs are first marinated with shrimp paste sauce (ham har cheong) sugar and vinegar before steaming. The eggplants were soft and mushy and soaked up the flavours of the sauce.. yummy.