To make her wonton mee dress dreams become a reality, Pat, with a strong idea of what she wanted to dress up as, approached costume designer Theresa Chan. The Costume Shop founder usually charges about $500 per outfit, but “she gave me a good discount”, reveals Pat. The end result: huge slabs of char siew made out of sponge, orbs of wontons and vegetables fashioned out of fabric, and strands of noodles cut from yellow yarn.
In case you haven’t noticed, the actress-host takes dressing up for theme parties and Halloween very seriously, going all out with her costumes (scroll on for a look at her stellar track record below). Which is why it’s only right that we pick Pat’s brain for costume ideas, with Halloween one month away. And we’re not referring to those basic fluffy animal onesies from Taobao. We’re talking a cool, one-of-a-kind costume that no one else has. You know, like a wonton mee dress.
8 DAYS: Was wonton mee always your first choice when you first got the party invite?
PATRICIA MOK: (Laughs) Yes, all I could think about was wonton mee. I love noodle dishes — bak chor mee, prawn mee, laksa, mee rebus, mee soto. But I think wonton mee is a better idea visually. If you do prawn noodles, then it’s just prawn lor. Visually, it’s not so interesting. When I was thinking of ideas for my costume, I knew it had to be local food. But I was complaining to my friend, ‘How to find costumes of local food?’ I mean, I could’ve gone online to get costumes like M&Ms and all that, but it’s not my favourite food what! I did find a costume online of a Chinese takeout box. But why would I want to buy a takeout box? I can make it myself with cardboard!