Saturday, June 22, 2013
ADVENTURES IN HONG KONG ...
I've been working in Hong Kong for the past week and -- just for the record -- I've been getting more adventurous when it comes to ordering off the menu. Yesterday at lunch, for example, I decided to branch out and try one of the food stalls at Hong Kong Science Park. The menu was all in Chinese, so I had to rely on the man behind the counter to translate for me.
Food Stall Employee: Hi there, are you hungry for lunch?
Me: You bet. What's the special today?
Food Stall Employee: It's something very wonderful. You'll love it. Let me show you. (He smiles, dips a pair of tongs into a cauldron of bubbling water and pulls out a hermetically sealed plastic pouch).
Me: What is that?
Food Stall Employee: Crocodile Stew with Fresh Lotus Leaves.
Me: See ya later, alligator ...!
Today I found a restaurant in Kowloon that makes chicken salad with a twist ... of the neck, that is. They serve the chicken head alongside a garnish of skin on a plate of dark, leafy greens. I was too chicken to order it ...!