I like to get out of the house every day. It just makes for a better life. Today we went down the street to the Hong Kong Supermarket. As it turns out, China Town is being built just up the way from us. The Market is the anchor of a complete strip plaza of about 40 or so Asian shops, restaurants (including Dim Sum!) and bakeries. It’s huge. It’s pretty. And best of all, the grocery store has huge, live frogs and eels that Eleanor loves to look at. The live blue crabs, however, scare the pants of her.
Also, as an amusing aside, the Laredo Western Wear Store is between here and there, so I stopped in looking for something to wear to a party next month where the dress code is Western Chic. Can anyone guess what Western Chic is? After much Googling, all I can say is, for men, it looks like black jeans and hats are the way to go. I’ve been to a couple of Western Wear stores and am SHOCKED at the prices. I thought cowboys were poor sorts? But I digress.
Back to the Hong Kong Market. I really love this place. The produce there is top shelf and bargain priced. I see hundreds of foods I’ve never tried in my life. They have real butchers and fishmongers. And, best of all they have a food court. There is a small bakery, a place that does Asian BBQ, including the big puffy ducks, a Pho place, a Thai noodlery, a spicy Crayfish specialty and a place that sells Malaysian and Indonesian style dishes. We tried this last one today and got Chicken Ho Foon. Yummy wide noodles, soft juicy chicken. (Sadly, I’m having a bit of a yucky tummy now, but I am not sure that I can blame the lunch.) The girls and I split the generous plate and I have to say, the best way to feed a baby ever is with chopsticks. It’s so much easier to just poke the food into her mouth than to spoon it in. Chopsticks are nice and narrow, unlike a standard fork. I suppose I could just pick up the noodles with my fingers and feed Saralyn, but she hardly discriminates between scrambled egg and finger. Those teeth are SHARP! It’s best to let her munch the sticks. Just another great parenting invention from the 5th Century BC.
So, there you have it. Two thumbs up for the Hong Kong Market. Two sticks in the mouth for chopsticks. Two thumbs in the poorhouse for Western Wear.