Friday, July 16, 2010

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

I. Love. This. Guy. "Toddish McWong" - aka Todd Wong - a Chinese fellow from Vancouver who found his love of all things Scottish when he was attending one SIMON FRASER University. Some day I will attend his annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy celebration which is in honor of both Chinese New Year - and Robert Burns' birthday. The actual saying is "Gung Hei Fat Choy" (or Kung Kei Fat Choi - or any number of other spellings) which means Happy Chinese New Year. Clever fellow... no? Watch here as he gives his own rap version of an  "Address Tae The Haggis". Then check out his blog, too!


  1. How do you find these things?? LOL I love to see the little Chinese boys doing the Higland dances. My youngest daughter, adopted from China, is one amazing little Irish dancer.

  2. HA! It not only reminds me of Mr. Walloby (sp?). But It also reminds me of this Starburst commercial:

  3. Erin - I was looking for a graphic of the Fraser tartan - and came upon Toddish McWong. I absolutely LOVE him! PS - I used to 'Irish Dance" (I used to dance in the Chestnut Hill Feis when I was wee!) but we didn't wear wigs five million years ago when I danced!

    Megs - I thought the same thing! Mr. Willoughby!!!

    L - Seriously - I love him! I have nothing but love for anyone who has nothing but love for the Scots. :)

  4. GROSS! I just looked up Haggis on Wiki - Yuck :p

  5. L: If you're interested in seeing some haggis in action, you may want to check out this video:

    It's actually of me trying the stuff at a Robert Burns birthday celebration. As far as how gross it is...well, it actually doesn't taste awful, but texture and visual-wise, it's a little too close to cat food for my tastes... :-)

  6. I saw that video, it was almost like being there :) I went to Scotland in '07 and fell in love with it. We tried haggis and have to say you are right about the cat foodness of it. (shiver)
    My big regret was not having discovered into Outlander before my visit. I would have planned the trip with Jamie and Claire in mind. I am willing to go back ;)
    This afternoon I am inducting another lassie into Outlander obsession by taking her to get her first Outlander audio book. (I wish I could read them again for the first time.)

  7. L you totally remind me of me. I went to London in 2000...and hadn't yet become a Tudorphile (how I have not started a Tudor blog yet is beyond me). We went to the Tower of London - and I stood there where Anne Boleyn was beheaded... and although I had shivers, I didn't appreciate it the way I would now. (I've since had kids; that's why I haven't been back in 10 years. But my time is coming. Lordddddd my time is-a-COMIN'!!!)

  8. The Next Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner might be a period piece featuring Outlander characters and me dressed up as Mr. Willoughby... or not.

    I did meet Diana Gabaldon in Vancouver, and showed her a picture of myself dressed up in kilt, and holding the claymore donated to Simon Fraser University by Lord Lovat, great chieftain of the Fraser Clan.

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  9. Toddish McWong!!! I think an Outlander themed Next Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner is a MUST. Name the date--we'll be there!

  10. Toddish McWong!!! We're not worthy!!! We're not worthy!!! Thanks for letting me know about the link; I changed it!

    One of these days I am going to make it out to Vancouver for Gung Haggis Fat Choy!!!

    Please come back and visit again! :)

  11. Hello Tracey & Carol
    2012 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner is January 22nd Sunday at Floata Restaurant in Vancouver Chinatown.

    Sorry, I haven't yet been able to organize an Outlander themed Robbie Burns Dinner... but we should talk.

    Burns was born a mere 13 years after the battle of Culloden, hen Claire goes back in time in 1758, it is the year before Burns was born in 1759.

    My friends tell me that Burns was aware of and possibly influenced by both the American Revolution of 1776 and the French Revolution of 1789. Surely, as part of the Scottish Enlightenment, he would have been considering equality for all men, "regardless of station of life" for this 1795 poem "A Man's A Man For A' That"

    I wonder if it is possible that some of Burns' poems would have found their way to Jacobites in the USA? Burns was set to go to Jamaica in 1786, to become a book-keeper for a slave plantation, but his book of poetry known as "The Kilmarnock Edition came out that same year - and so instead he moved to Edinburgh to revel in his sudden fame, as a poet.

    So if James Alexander Malcom Mackenzie Fraser ever attended a reading of Burns' poetry - it would have had to be in America.

    Or we could just pretend we are holding our own Burns Supper at Lallybroch or Castle Leoch, seat of the Clan MacKenzie. :-)

  12. I am re-reading Voyager this week and found mention of Robbie Burns on page 234 re: Jaime writes a note with the phrase "Freedom and Whisky gang tegither"

    "He got it from me," I (Claire) said softly. "I told him that - when he was setting out to steal Prince Chales's Port"

    "I remembered." Roger nodded, eyes shining with excitement. "But it's a quote from Burns," I said, frowning suddenly. "Perhaps the writer got it there - wasn't Burns alive then?"

    "He was," said Bree smugly, "But Robert Burns was six years old in 1765"

  13. Hello Tracey & Carol

    Gung Haggis Fat Choy is getting closr to 1765... But only going back as far as 1858... to acknowledge the founding of British Columbia by Sir James Douglas to proclaim the Colony of British Columbia. Douglas was born in Guyana (then called Demera), to a Scottish father and Creole mother from Barbados. He then went to school in Lanark Scotland, before coming to Canada to work for the Northwest Company.

    2013 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner is January 27th Sunday at Floata Restaurant in Vancouver Chinatown. Check our website

    An "Outlander Robbie Burns Day?" any further ideas?