If we’re Facebook friends, you’ve probably noticed my 8 million photos of my trip to Toronto to help my grandmother, Nana (rhymes with Ghana) celebrate her 100th birthday. Aside from being the Cutest Person In The World, my Nana is also the kindest and gentlest. Here she is beaming her beautiful smile with me, five of her seven great-grandchildren, and our extended family.
We go up to Toronto every year to visit my Nana and have what we call Cousin Reunion. We catch up on each other’s lives, let the kids play together, and most of all, we eat. Meals are a way we express love for each other and we must love each other more than any other family on earth, because we eat an obscene amount. So here’s a breakdown of just a small portion of the dishes we had.
Lest you think (realize?) I’m just a flabby who’s only about eating, I’ve also interspersed some words of wisdom from my Nana, as translated by my aunt. Thanks, Auntie Cecilia!
We also ate, but didn’t manage to get pictures of: salted chicken with ginger dipping sauce, steamed (!) black bean spare ribs, whole steamed (!) fish with ginger and scallions, pan-fried pork dumplings, winter melon soup, pea shoots, the most amazing tofu with scallops, and many more things that my brain has probably blocked out so my body doesn’t go into emergency shut down mode. I hope my extended family will let me know if I missed anything (I promise not to tell my body, guys).
What’s your favorite Chinese food?
4 thoughts on “The Things I Ate (And Learned)”
I seriously adore your Nana and all of her smiles and wisdom.
Also, my favorite Chinese food is not remotely Chinese. I just can’t resist crab rangoon. Thanks to having an iron stomach, though, I would try every single food you mentioned.
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Thank you! Also, don’t be so sure. I’m always surprised to discover things I thought were totally American (fried rice, sweet and sour) show up at authentic Chinese restaurants. And the Chinese love their crab!