The very modern and impressive top of the range kitchen was humongous and all the chefs were wearing their new and well starched uniforms and caps. It was a great experience for me to see how so many chefs and assistant chefs were preparing sea food and different kinds of meat in a huge kitchen. I think my late maternal grandmother's eyes would just have popped out!! And at any one time they were able to serve more than 150 tables!
Razor Clams still with mud on the shells......Yummy.
My grandmother used to tell me how the Ming Chiang loved to eat sea eels(muang ngii) and lou chiang (a kind of small keli). Wong Ngak - another type of fish - is also very popular. Bamboo or razor clams were common food for them. In the tanks I saw lots of razor clams peeping out of their shells. It is advisable to eat these clams before August for best taste and texture. They get pregnant after that month.
Although I had a lot of opporutnities to take a lot of photos - a few would suffice to help you remember the few dishes from my great grandfather's land. My Tiong family is Ming Chiang but our village is actually Ging Sha. Perhaps one day I would have the opportunity to visit it. However we might not have any more relations to claim over there nowadays as my closest relative who was an immediate first cousin passed away not long ago.
River Turtle - ready for a herbal steaming.(I did not want to take a good frontal photo of the little creature in case some of you might be offended ...this little tyke is cleaned and ready for steaming...sob..)
Bright eyed fish ready for soy sauce Foochow style steaming. I suppose fish is universally ok for all diners.
Special shellfish already cooked and garnished. I ate two servings. Shame on me some of you might say. But it is really good with lots of garlic and sesame oil.
Foochow Herbal Root Pork Leg Soup - Best in the world and good for me and my legs needed for walking.
Local vegetables ( broccoli spears) and mushrooms with pig blood cake and long yien.
fish already steamed
Lobsters ready for steaming
Entrance to the newly opened Restaurant . Note the floral arrangements for the opening ceremony.
The Head Office of the Ming Chiang Prefecture and People's Trade and Industry. It was good that all the officers spoke Mandarin as well as Ming Chiang to perfection. Ming Chiang is my dialect.