May 7, 2010
pingnan - All Excited about Little Rabbit
Pingnan Long Yieng - This is the special Egg Noodle Soup.
Two-coloured bitter gourd soup
Special steamed three layer fish and mushroom dish.
These are the special dishes we had for our 10 dish banquet at Pingnan our last stop before we continued by road to Xiamen for our return journey to Malaysia. It was sad to bid farewell to our very hospitable Pingnan friends and officials. Our 2010 trip to Fujian would be complete within hours. And we had taken photos of everything we ate, scenes which we wanted to remember and people we must not forget.
I don't know if it was our last Foochow lunch or it was something else that I thought it was really good and exciting. But it was definitely an excellent meal. We would have to look up our Pingnan friends in Sibu and elsewhere in Sarawak to share our experiences with. Especially the experience we had in watching how the rabbit was smoked and then cooked a second time.
And then to be home soon in just hours.
At that moment I also thought of my Aunt Yuk Ging (ALREADY A YOUNG WIDOW with three small children:Chiu Koh Siong, Chiu Ik Sing and Chiu Ik Ding) who had to wait for a month for the first boat out of China after the Second World War . She had to walk two whole days from Ging Sa to Fuzhou and then for another three weeks a slow boat ride to Singapore. From Singapore she had to wait again for the weekly steamer from Sibu. In Sibu in 1946 she was reunited with her brother (my grandfather) and her nieces and nephews.Mrs. Hoover was terribly upset when she learned that she was already a widow, as she was Mrs. Hoover's favourite student, she was immediately give a job to teacher in her kindergarten. This job she held until she retired.
This trip I had caught a small glimpse of what life could possibly be like in China for my Foochow grandfather and grand aunt who meant so much to me. I would have to come again to Ming Ching to find out more.