Hopia Luck It! : )
The difference is much more pronounced when we were younger (and leaner). We three – two boys and a girl – sort of split the gene pool. One brother looked like my mom (think
The hopia baboy, on the other hand, is a bulgy light colored half moon dough with an almost yellow orange tinge on the hump mantling a moist filling, smells delicious, and comes in a slightly greasy wax paper wrap. The flakes around the dough fall out as you open the pack. More exciting eating (and satisfying) to me, who appreciates heft and rich flavor. Now Eng Bee Tin’s hopia has gone upscale and fancy flavored. The mung bean is upgraded to ube or yam filling, with flavor combinations you get from breaking down most of the components of the Pinoy halo-halo – sweet beans, langka, (jackfruit), macapuno, sweet chickpeas – you get the picture.
The fancier mochipia is basically a hopia with a filling within a filling. There’s mochi tucked into the ube filling. Now mochi is cooked glutinous rice, like kakanin, that’s pounded into a gluey mush. There’s a contrast in texture with mochipia – soft dough, soft but subtly grainy yam and then the sweet sticky mushy mochi. Let’s see you say that last part fast, 10 times!
Angpao is not food, its the red envelope with you keep money in, for luck. Sounds like, that's all : )
red ribbon around one? Well, I tied one on for luck (also on the money tree). I heard it somewhere, what it symbolizes or fortune it invokes I have no idea. I just did it.
We accumulated a bunch of lucky plants (money tree etc; even basil, which they say you have to tie a blue ribbon on) and bracelets and charms through the years, it might just work.
I don't rightly know if the black stones on here are black tourmaline or chrysanthemum stones. The latter has telltale white firework bursts on the stone and some on the bracelet has it but some had the random and stripy patterns of tourmaline.
Tourmaline is for luck and healing while Chrysanthemum stones bring love and power.
The bracelet is my brother's and it was blessed at a ritual. I didn't see how they did it but my blue rhino was placed in a huge, pristine bowl that hums when a sort of wand rubs the rim in a circular motion, like you would making water glass "music".
Pineapples, gold ones, are wealth "energizers". I say bring it on! ; )
Tell me if it works for you : )
P.s. Funny looking dragon, innit?