Wednesday, March 3, 2010

3/3: last full day in Shanghai

Today a lifelong Shanghainese coworker looked at the photo of the disputed appetizer and proclaimed through a translator that they are "century eggs" - you put duck eggs (the cloudy dark green object) or duck egg yolk (the veiny off-white creature) in clay for a "very long time", it ferments, and there you have it. I think I should win the prize as I was the closest! Wikipedia probably says it best:

"Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor"

ummm yeah i don't see why anybody would want to eat that!?

Yesterday at lunch we were each given two sets of chopsticks. I asked what this is - salad chopsticks and entree chopsticks?? My friends said they are public and private chopsticks. Everyone generally orders and eats Chinese style (what we call family style) and the society has become increasingly concerned with illness/hygiene.

The last couple of days, I have become entrenced in the office culture. I've been getting offers left and right to go out for lunch and dinner, I've had to turn down several people. It was difficult to leave the office this evening, I've grown fond of this town and its people. It's been two years since my last visit, I must make sure to return must quicker next time, I owe that to myself.

The journey is just beginning - continue westward to St Petersburg!

1 comment:

The other Olga said...

oh wow. I think the mystery food is what in russian popular culture is referred to as "rotten eggs." usually it's given as an example of the unusual questionable cuisine of foreign lands..
would love to try some!!