I think this was in Tangxia, a small town in Guangdong, China. (I always forget little details like that, which is why I’m a blogger and not a journalist.)
Isaiah took us to this huge restaurant. It has a main hall like a hotel’s banquet room and then it has another storey or two that houses countless private dining rooms. You could get lost in there.
But only the staircase looked grand and beautiful (in an outdated manner). We were shown into a rather dirty and cluttered room to wait while they prepared another room for us.
Our room had a poster of Chairman Mao. It was all very quaint, as if we’d stepped back in time.
But the food was delicious. Isaiah ordered a feast for us and there was only one dish I didn’t like, which was the mutton tulang. I gave it a try, anyway, because they give you straws and disposable gloves to eat it and I thought that was kinda fun.
First, you scoop out a piece of bone and put it in your bowl.
Then hold the bone with your gloved hand and start chewing up the meaty, gooey bits on the outside.
When done, poke a straw into the hollow of the bone.
Suck up the marrow!
It’ll be hard to suck everything up all at once, so you pour some soup into the hollow and then mash up the marrow a bit with your straw before attempting to suck again.
Rinse and repeat till it’s all gone!
I didn’t really like the taste so I didn’t finish my bone. Isaiah was the only one eating the whole pot by himself cos the other girls refused to even try it. Haha.
Here are some of the other dishes that we ordered which were so good.
Prawns on a skewer:
Tender pork pieces:
The Chinese are really good at spicing their food. All their dishes are so full of flavour that it’s truly a joy for your tongue with each bite. Peppercorn is a favourite ingredient, although it’s more tongue-numbing than anything else. But I like it!
On the subject of food, may I entice you to check out my Star Blog post this week?
It’s quite a fun topic, although I had some trouble writing it because I’m such a glutton.
Read it here: “Yucks! Why I hate these 10 types of food”