Hong Kong

that’s what they do in China

I have a letter where my adoptive Mum, in her report to social services, tells how if I am losing an argument with my siblings, I try to win it by ending with “well that’s how they do it in China.”

So many decades later, here I am reliving my 5 year old self, arguing a little with my host Mr Leung, who likes to order his wife, and sometimes me about. at one point I heard myself saying “in England we……”
oh dear, some things never change. (Martin please don’t worry it’s all very respectful banter).

I awoke Friday quite late to Eva and Francis (my hosts) using their brand new rice roll maker, (wice woll for bwekfust is vely hard for Chinese to say!) Actually they were washing it up after making and eating their first batch. Despite my protestations they insisted on making another batch of batter, with Mr Leung telling Eva what and what not to do. I helped a little, the results were mixed. It was like being on the generation game, for those who remember Bruce Forsythe’s Saturday night show, where it looks like it should be so easy but you end up with a disaster. was a bit like making thin crepes and steaming and quickly rolling them, but made with water, chestnut, rice and cornflour, and no egg. I ate a little as I wasn’t actually hungry and offered to wash up. It’s quite a messy process and I had to boil water to wash 3 greasy metal trays as they do not have instant hot water to the sink. Eva was very anxious that my dishwashing endeavours were spoiling my holiday. Not so. As I scraped off the residue sticky batter and restored the trays to gleaming I smiled to myself. I really am doing exactly as they do in China.

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

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