With work, we always need to have a period of downtime, too. Ironically, it was Ptr. Peter and Auntie Deonna who invited me out. 😀 Lo and behold, I discover the joys of a simple night walk, more so with a camera in hand. 🙂
Walking around China at night… oh, how I missed this. I never feel afraid or cautious of anything (although of course, staying vigilant is a must) whenever I walk around any place in China at night. It just goes to show that there’s not much of a reason to feel frightened or threatened. On the contrary, I hate having to walk outside at night here in the Philippines. 😐
One of the most indelible moments of my walk with the Tan-Chi couple was how loving they were (they’re holding hands in this photo!), even after forty years of marriage! Yes, you are supposed to be loving, no matter how many decades you’ve been together. Sadly, though, the world and media has largely distorted our ideas about love and marriage. Love is a daily choice of whether you do this, or you adjust and accommodate. Praise God for the opportunity to learn so much from them. 🙂
On our last night, some people took us out to this Muslim-friendly restaurant, promising us one of the best meals in Nanjing. Let me just say, remember the name and exterior of this restaurant, because the food is darn good! 🙂
This is Nanjing’s famous 盐水鸭, roughly translated as duck or goose cooked in brine. Hearing the description itself, I wouldn’t have tried it – I personally prefer Beijing’s roast duck. HOWEVER. Out of courtesy, I ate one – and loved it! It had the right amount of salt. Definitely something worth trying out!
THIS BEEF BALL. It’s basically an oversized beef ball, but it literally falls apart when you touch it, and it just melts in your mouth. It’s so hard to believe that it’s all beef! According to our hosts, the people here hammer it until it’s really tender, and then make it into these beef balls. Super delicious!
We all ooh-ed and ahh-ed when these two plates of ribs came out – one beef, one goat. Both were seasoned with the usual fare you usually see in Muslim food, cumin and the like. Needless to say, we got our hands dirty and grabbed one rib each!
This little baby had its own grand entrance. At first glance, it looks like a normal, albeit oversized xiao long bao; however, our hosts explained that it had all sorts of goodies inside, including this special crab meat. According to them, these crabs are specially cultured until they grow to a certain small size. That’s what makes the meat special. Of course, as this was going on I was practically thinking about the Philippines’s own talangka, and this didn’t taste half bad. The thing is, you have to start by siphoning out the contents with a straw, and not dig into it! Of course, I got impatient and dug in once I got about half the juice and contents, as the rest of the juice spilled out on the plate, to the horror of our hosts. 😮