My siblings and I gathered yesterday to celebrate Qingming .....'Pure Brightness festival' or 'Tomb-sweeping' day which falls on either the 4th or 5th April of the solar calendar. Qingming festival is a family function and obligation.
This is an annual affair for the Chinese community to visit and clean the graves of their ancestors and relatives. Cleaning the tomb and paying respect to the dead with offerings of food and burning of paper paraphernalia are two important aspects of remembering the dead ancestors. The actual day was on 5th April this year but the ritual is usually observed 10 days before and after this date. We normally observe this after the actual date to avoid the traffic as well as the 'human' jam in the cemetery. Click here to know more of this Qingming festival.
After the visit to the cemetery and freshening up, we all adjourned to Sun Marpoh restaurant in Ipoh Garden for lunch and here's a quick tour of what we had.
This was the much favoured 'kwai fei tofu' ...... soft and silky tofu, hot favourite amongst the seniors at the table!
Succulent spareribs which was the favourite of my nieces and nephews who had travelled from Kuala Lumpur at 6.00am to meet up with us to perform the rites. They deserve a good meal.
Wong ngah pak ...... soft and tasty with shredded mushroom, carrot and pork. Should have taken another picture, 'exposing' what's beneath but then, everyone of us were hungry and just can't wait to start attacking the dishes.
Bittergourd egg omelette ..... need some gourd to cool down our bodies as we were under the hot sun for a few hours!
Last but not least, steamed 'woo so kei' ...... steamed free-range chicken. This dish came out last as the chicken needed some time to be steamed and the soupy gravy was delicious.
For 13 of us and we had the same food for 2 tables, the bill came to RM213/- plus rice and tea, which was reasonable, especially to the KLites!
Sun Marpoh Restaurant
69 Jalan Lau Pak Khuan