|Pic from here|
When we were little, chestnuts were a rare treat for us. Not only were they pretty expensive, they weren't sold all year round.
If the man came cycling by, my Mom would buy a packet and divide it among the four of us. I clearly remember a time when my brother and I had 5 chestnuts each. We sat across each other and looked at it and waited to see who would give in and eat the first one. We literally considered it a form of entertainment, prying the nut out and eating it. We felt devastated if one turned out to be rock hard or burnt.
Often I see these selling in the Toa Payoh Hub. I have bought a packet and eaten everything by myself. It isn't the same when you can have it all. There is no thrill when you eat these alone. Tasty or not, the whole idea of truly enjoying chestnuts is when it's shared.
Nice memory this brings today. :)