A Little Splash of Semarang & Children's Day (Kodomo No Hi - こどもの日) Bento
Some days ago I visited Happy Little Bento, and thank you Sheri for reminding me again about Children's Day Celebration. I tried to look for my bento that suits the theme, and found this Sporty Boy and Cute Girl Bento :D. I made this bento for my very first bento workshop conducted in September 2012 together with my book's launching. Before I become bubbly with the workshop, let me show you some pictures I took during my short visit in Semarang, only 3-day stay *sure I wanted more :D.
Semarang is the capital of Central Java Province located on the north coast of the Island of Java. For me, Semarang is rich in historical background and, of course, culinary heritage :D. As I'm a food lover, my highlight was the city's culinary ^^. Semarang is widely known for its Bandeng Presto (pressure-cooked milkfish), Lumpia, Wingko, Tahu Gimbal, and Roti Ganjel Rel. But, the most famous one among them is Lumpia that Semarang is popular as the City of Lumpia. Lumpia are Chinese pastries similar to popiah or fried spring roll. Below were the Lumpia that I enjoyed when I was in the city. It's the most popular Lumpia in Semarang, "Lumpia Gang Lombok".
They were different from the usual Lumpia that I could enjoy in East Java, especially for the sauce. The sauce was sticky and jelly-ish in texture. I can't remember the sauce's name as it's named in Chinese :D. Two Lumpia would always not enough; once you try it, you'll always crave for more :D. The seller said that he could spend more than 100 kilograms of young bamboo shoot in a day - it excludes the eggs, meats, and other ingredients. Wow! Oh yes, the Lumpia stall is never vacant with visitors.
And this was the little angel that always accompanied Aunty Tata, Little K "meow meow" ^^. Always love to see her expressions in this collage ^^. This was when we were waiting for our Lumpia. She wasn't aware that I captured her with my candid camera - look at her shy expression when she was finally aware :D. Miss you soooo much Little Meow Meow.... Aunty misses the time when you always ruffled aunty's mobile phone in the morning, laughter during breakfast, drawing picture together in the early evening, and asked aunty to read you a story before bed *miss you... kiss kiss ^3^ . And the photos below are some I took from Tay Kak Sie Temple located near Lumpia's stall in Gang Lombok (Lombok Alley).
Finally, the gastronomic journey was ended by buying some yummy goodies for the beloved ones at home ^^.
Maybe you're curious why we could go there in the temple :D. Yep, Little K and her Oma and Oppa (Grandma and Grandpa) were there as Oma and Opa were the committees of the celebration :D. I felt like a special guest as I could sit there on a bench near the temple and exclusively enjoy the occasion and took photos ^^. Oma also gave me a cute pink bun with a Chinese character on it. She also explained to me a brief history of authentic Chinese bun made by Chinese ancestors as their food supply on their travel to new places/countries :D *thank you Oma, I miss you too ^^. I especially miss our time when you tell me stories and pamper me with good food and snacks hehehehehehe ^3^. Oh, I miss Mamam K too hahahaha, I miss everyone in Semarang :D