i know it’s a little weird (then again, this is me) but i associate butong pakwan (watermelon seeds) with wakes and the cemetery. this is because my memories with this food have always been connected to the two (especially wakes). it’s definitely undeserved because watermelon seeds are yummy. it’s just a chore to open them, especialy if they’re no longer crunchy and you have to peel the seeds off the sticky skin. the other problem is you never get satified eating them (then again, this is me). after a tedious process, you only get one seed to eat. so what i do is to collect as many seeds as i can, then eat them in one gulp 😛 the funny aftereffect though is your lips turn white with all the salt (and sometimes, your teeth get some damage with all the cracking).
i have a valid concern. do you know that the delicious chinese mooncakes have a lot of watermelon seeds in them (along with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds and peanuts)? the question is… who opens the watermelon seeds that they put in them and how do they do it? is it done the convenional way, that is by cracking the seeds by mouth? think about it 😛