If you've ever seen any of my daughter's posts on her experiences with
Chinese foods you may have been worried for me... but... thankfully for me,
the people we were with only order food now that they know she will eat...
so I was fortunate to reap the blessing of her experience!!
I was also thankful to have a little chopstick experience before going to
China, but I confess that the rice and noodles were still seriously challenging!
Let's just say I gave our hosts, the Chinese people my daughter works with,
lots of opportunity for laughter as they watched me try! It was funny!
I loved how colorful their food was... and how beautifully it was served.
Just look at this dish... it's gorgeous. It was surprising to discover that hiding
under that delightful pile of spicy hot peppers were...
shrimp on a stick... fried so crispy you eat the shell and all!
I cringed at the thought at first, but they were seriously soooo yummy.
I first thought this dish was pork... but can you believe it's tofu?
I've never been a big fan of tofu but this was so delicious it became
one of my favorites... that and the eggplant!
And yes... believe it or not... I actually tried chicken feet!
Funny things was though, that all I could do was nibble at it... even though
the Chinese manage to eat enough of it to leave only a few tiny bones
as seen on the right. Trust me... it will not be a food I will be fixing myself!
Trying new foods was a real treat...
but it was the time spent at the table with Michelle's friends that was the
greatest treasure... experiencing a part of their culture first-hand...
enjoying fellowship despite the language barrier...
and sharing love and laughter that transcends differences.
I am grateful for having had the opportunity... thanks to my sweet girl!
Heavenly Father... thank you for creating such an amazing variety of foods
for us to enjoy... and an even more incredible variety of people for us to
enjoy them with. Lord, help us to love people who are different than
we are... wherever they are...to see them through Your eyes
and not our own... and care for them like You care for us. Amen.
If you'd like to see some of the other foods I ate there you can visit Michelle's
China food post for this year... yum!
Love you my friends... and thanks for joining me on this journey called life!