Happy Mooncake Festival

September 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Today is the 15th day of August on the Lunar Calendar, a day with supposedly brightest moon. It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It used to be celebrated by Chinese as a day of thanksgiving for good harvest in the past, but now it is seemed more as a day of gathering and reunion for families and friends.

On this day, Itchyfingers would like to wish all friends and readers a very happy Mooncake Festival!

Bum mooncake! Read about it here

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> Butts of Desire
Basket of Abundance
The Full Monty


Butts of Desire

August 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers were recently over the moon….If you have been following Itchyfingers, you would remember that we mentioned about a very uniquely designed mooncakes from Hong Kong some years ago. This year, they finally brought them in, about a year after they opened shop here, as they couldn’t get licensing for selling food in time for the festival last year.

What are Itchyfingers talking about?

Oooo? What are these? Looks like some chinese calendars…It reminded me
of my IT bag, the one featuring August 9 – Singapore’s National Day

The smaller “chinese calendar”. But wait, it says”mooncake”….So, these are
mooncake packaging? Quite interesting right?

The bigger “calendar”. Like a typical chinese calendar with a daily page for you to
tear off with each passing day, there is this section on both the big and small
“calendar” boxes where they will give advices on the “dos and don’ts”. Here, it is
advisable for “self-consumption and gift”, while it is not so good “to keep for
three months and not eating”…hahah…On the bigger box,
 there are a rows of, er,
what are those?!?! Bums?

You have guessed it right! Itchyfingers were over the “moon” when we heard that the Hong Kong lifestyle company, Goods of Desire, or G.O.D. (which is 住好啲 in Cantonese to mean “to live better”), finally brought in their unique butt-shaped mooncakes to Singapore! Couldn’t wait to lay my itchy fingers on those bums and rushed down to buy some!

Four golden bums inside! Ooooo….so “Buttilicious”! Wahahahah!

I know it’s tough to see the “full glory” of the bums with their plastic
wrappings, so here’s the bums on their leaflet….Which is your favourite?
Actually my favourite is still the “Full Monty” which they didn’t bring in…booo..

There are actually two sets of four different bum mooncakes available in Hong Kong.
This is from their leaflet, with two other design besides the “T-Back” on the left…:p

Astronauts going gaga about the “bumpy” moon….wahahah…Do you 
like Itchyfingers new masthead with Tisu Girl dressed as Chang E flying
towards the butt moon? Wahahah… 😀

So, why use the bums as mooncake design? Here’s the rationale…haha…

The moon on the 15th day of the lunar eighth month is supposed to be the
brightest (though some people say it’s brightest on the 16th). In the chinese
language, the phrase “八月十五” (literally means August the 15th) is a colloquial
term used to describe one of our least exposed bodily parts, which is supposed
to be as bright as the moon on the 15th of August. Yes! it is the BUM – as round
and as bright (or white) as the moon….hahah…Legend also says that Chang E, the 
lady who flew and stayed on the moon, saw a bright reflection of the moon on
the river during August, when it was actually her boyfriend’s bum being reflected
while he was doing his business by the river! Wahahah…I don’t really like the
second point they mentioned here where the pomelo, a fruit that is commonly
consumed during the Mid-Autumn Festival, shares a common name with the bum
in chinese, so the 15th of August is also called the bum

The rationale on the bottom of the small calendar box, which packs just one

Itchyfingers bought this “T-back” bum for a friend, the nicest design out of the four.
Can’t wait to see the reaction on his face…wahahah

This morning, Itchyfingers took out one bum for brekky…Haha…Decided
to try our least favourite design, the “Bunny”. The drawing looks much
cuter than the actual one, which looks a bit like piles growing on the butt!!!
Wow, gross! Wahahah!!!

Nevertheless, the bum tastes like normal mooncakes…not too sweet! 🙂

Besides looking funny, the mooncakes are actually made by a renowned baker in Hong Kong. They come only in the white lotus paste filling with single yolk. In my opinion, they should make it into the black lotus paste with lotus seeds (黑豆沙and瓜子) to make it even funnier – er, if you know what I mean…gross lah! Wahahahah!!!! As for the packaging, I thought the bag should come with those red and white cotton twine that were commonly used in the early days on brown paper bag. The paper used on the bag and box could also be changed into uncoated paper stock to make it more authentic like those used on the real chinese calendars. That being said, I think the whole idea and concept of the bum mooncake is simply brilliant! But that is if you can share their kind of sense of humour! Wahahah! Itchyfingers think this is the perfect gift for friends or relatives who have an open mind and great sense of humour. Certainly suits those working in the creative field! You can now get a 15% early bird discount if you buy your butt before the 31st August! Hurry, move your butt down to G.O.D now! 😀

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> The IT Bag
> Basket of Abundance
Talking Behind the Bag – Carrier Bags in Singapore From the 1950s to the 1980s
> The Full Monty

An Oily Fake – Granada, Spain Trip #14

March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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Tisu Boy has been forbidding me from writing about this cos he was terribly embarrassed about what happened. But a clip on the local news channel made him change his mind as he thinks he finally understood what happened….

Itchyfingers were in Granada, looking for food after a day’s visit at Alhambra. Not too sure what drew us to this place but we were getting tired from all the walking and food searching. There was only one table with customers as Spanish normally have their dinner late, but a couple of customers were at the bar counter. We went in, chose a table and sat down.

It was only then we realised the restaurant cum bar belonged to a hotel as
we could see the hotel lobby from the connecting door…The guy here was 
the chef, and he was the one attending and serving us as well…I bet he was
the bartender too…hahah…Talk about multi-tasking…

Our drinks and appetizer came pretty fast…The bread was fine but I hate
eating olives…too sour…

Another table full of people came shortly. We had to wait a bit before our food was served…

I had some pan-fried salmon with potatoes…

While Tisu Boy ordered some swordfish…We were surprised and impressed
with the generous serving even though the price of the dish was not very
cheap. Can’t remember how much but it was a little above our average
spending on food…

The food was not so bad though the swordfish was slightly oily. The staff, or rather the chef-cum-waiter-cum-cashier was quite friendly, and the place not too crowded and noisy. We paid and left feeling happy.

The next morning when we left our hotel and were about to continue our visit around, I suddenly spotted some stain on Tisu Boy’s pants…It was located strategically at the “butt crack”. It was then that Tisu Boy admitted that his tummy felt funny and he had let off some gas earlier…Oh my goodness…Could he have soiled his pants? He was so embarrassed and worried that people would see it so we had to turn back quickly to the hotel to change. Strangely the stain didn’t look anything like it was from loose watery stool but rather kinda oily and it was difficult to wash off with the soap from the hotel. He had a bit of stomach upset and also noticed some oily stuff in the toilet bowl, which totally grossed and freaked him out. Luckily it didn’t persist and everything went back to normal the next day. But he was obviously so embarrassed and traumatised that he swears never to touch swordfish again…And I was warned not to mention this to anyone unless I wanna be silenced….Hahah…just a bit of exaggeration… 😀

This episode would never have seen the daylight if he didn’t catch the Channel 8 chinese news the other night, and I would have continued teasing him about his oily fart…hahah…It was just a short report on how some restaurants in New York had been substituting a certain fish 玉梭鱼 for swordfish. Apparently this fish is much cheaper and looks similar to swordfish, so unscrupulous fishermen or restaurants owners used it in return for higher profits. It also mentioned that this fish will cause some food poisoning in some people, resulting in yellowish-orange drops of oil to be expelled. This really struck Tisu Boy as the symptoms were so similar to his…So could it be that the restaurant that we ate ripped us off and gave us this other cheaper fish?

A search on the internet on this 玉梭鱼 confirmed Tisu Boy’s suspicion. Called the EscolarLepidocybium flavobrunneum, it is a deep water fish found in the tropical and temperate waters around the world. Escolar is a species of fish in the family Gempylidae. It is also known as snake mackerel, and is sometimes fraudulently marketed as “butterfish” or “white tuna”. Escolar has firm, white flesh that is incredibly rich in flavour, often described as ‘succulent’, or a fattier version of swordfish. The reason for the rich flavor? It turns out that Escolar’s diet contains food high in wax esters, which are really difficult for Escolar to digest. As a result, these esters build up in the fish. When consumed, these wax esters cause gastrointestinal symptoms, often leading to explosive, oily, orange diarrhea! The term for this is keriorrhea. People have reported that the discharges are often difficult to control and accidents can happen while passing gas. Oh my goodness! The symptoms are totally spot on as in Tisu Boy’s case!!! So finally the mystery of his oily fart is solved! And the culprit was not swordfish but the fake Escolar fish!!!! No wonder we were served such a big portion of the more expensive “swordfish”! Consumed in a small amount should be okay, cos I think I did sample a little bit of the white fish, but he was served such a big portion and in order not to waste food, almost everything was cleared on the plate! 

It can be tricky cos Escolar is often sold under other names or mislabeled as other fish; and it can be found in sushi bar. So the next time you order “white tuna”, “super white tuna” or swordfish, make sure you are in a reputable restaurant! And if you happened to be in Granada, Spain, avoid this place, or if you have to, avoid ordering the swordfish dish!

An enlargement of the place mat on the earlier photo of the fake swordfish

aljaraz bar
Good thing we took pictures, otherwise we would have nothing to warn 
people of Tisu Boy’s ordeal!

More information of the oily faker Escolar can be found here:

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Moorish Love – Granada, Spain Trip #12
My Heart Will Go On – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #11
A Peek into the Surrealistic World of Dali – Figueres, Barcelona, Spain Trip #10
Chasing Art – Spain, Trip #9
Old City of Steel – Toledo, Madrid, Spain Trip #8
Aeroplane Building – Bilbao, Spain Trip #7
House of Bones – Barcelona, Spain Trip #6
The Quarry – Barcelona, Spain Trip #5
A Visit to the Market – Barcelona, Spain Trip #4
A Bird’s Eye View – Barcelona, Spain Trip #3 
Inside the Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #2 
The World’s Most Beautiful Construction Site – Barcelona, Spain Trip #1 

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