Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance
But you still catch my eye.
Tell me, baby,
Do you recognize me?
It’s been a year,
It doesn’t surprise me…
dinner with a stranger
We were in Shanghai, waiting for a train to arrive at the station. I was just finished taking picture of my friend, and when I put my camera down, there’s this young man, shaking hands with them.
I looked at him, puzzled, didn’t stop me from accepting his handshake anyway. A Jehovah witness? A salesman? Working for Unicef or Green Peace, perhaps? Those were my first guests at this stranger who just shook hands with a bunch of strangers. And then he opened his mouth, speaking bahasa. Aaahhh, a fellow Indonesian!
He finished his study in Shanghai and now running his own business there, importing something. We rode the same train and ended up eating curry for dinner. He spoke fluent chinese. GOOD. Our smoothest ordering session during the numerous restaurant visits there. I didn’t really remember the name of the restaurant nor the taste (not bad but nothing really special I’d crave for more.) I even forget his name, but tonight, out of nowhere, I remember this curry session with him.
How are you, anyway? Hope all is well with you. Should you return to Jakarta, let’s catch up and have another curry for dinner.
Tonkatsu Curry Rice - (somewhere in) Shanghai
of a certain smell
We were in China, and in China one would expect to encounter the famous yet notorious local foods, one of them is… THE Stinky Tofu! It was in Tong Li when a certain smell hit me. The boys soon follow the smell and found this lady frying in the middle of the street oh her small stall. It is, the stinky tofu. People gathered near her and her hot-smelly-frying-pan, my friends are already among them.
To buy or not to buy? YOLO, I told them to buy a portion, just because… How to describe the smell, you might ask, it reminds you of a public toilet. Not so clean and tidy one. We gathered to give it a try, it was alright. Not smelly enough after the frying, but not that good you’d queue near the stall in a not-so-safe distant. Well, one thing off of the curious list.
Stinky Tofu - Tong Li