It’s Friday, it’s fantabulously fantastic and it’s a day of feasting here in Singapore.
We’ve been busy, busy today. Busy visiting and eating and feasting as we made our way out to visit relatives from my side of the family on the first day of Eid, otherwise known as the Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Hari Raya means “day of celebration” in Malay while Puasa means fasting. Lebaran is used mainly in Indonesia and is commonly interpreted to refer to the end of fasting. Aidilfitri is simply the Malay spelling of the Arabic name “Eid-al-Fitr” (meaning Festival of Breaking Fast)
Today marks the start of a new month Syawal with the end of the month-long fast during Ramadhan observed by Muslims around the world. Like the previous years, we would always be back in Singapore to celebrate this occasion with family and friends.
This is the day when we get together: Siblings, husband and wife, relatives and close friends seek forgiveness, to bury the hatchet, to undo all the wrong-doings and to start on a clean slate again. Above all, we eat. Hell yeah, we eat. We eat and we stuff our faces with all the goodness of everything home-made, and, prepared from scratch. And we eat till we explode or just couldn’t move anymore. Only because it would be considered rude not to try any, even if it’s just a little bit.
From the main meals to the kuehs , every single dish and goodies are all worth at least a try.
My mom’s home-cooked dishes are always especially special to me. Sure, I can make them, but nothing beats a mom’s cooking; MY dearest mom. I could smell the fragrant and aroma of food coming from my parents’ home the moment we stepped out of the elevator 50 meters away. And we weren’t disappointed:
All home-made. All done from scratch, ready for the festivities. And those are not even everything! It’s good to be home.
Hari Raya in this part of the region is always synonymous with Pineapple Tarts and my mom makes one of the best there is. She used to take thousands and thousands of orders making those pineapple tarts for people who would specifically ask her to make for them during festive seasons such as Hari Raya or Chinese New Year. And I used to spend hours and hours over days and weeks just to help my mom make those things; clipping the edges individually by hand!
So, in today’s festive celebration, I thought I’d feature my mom’s Pineapple Tarts recipe which she has just rattled off everything from memory!
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tart
A crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth tart with pineapple jam. All home-made!