Saturday July 14, 2012 at 9:314 notes
“My friend the Chinese grocer in Hong Kong uses an abacus instead of a cash register. In conversation we resort to our hands, and when he means “yes” he never nods but shakes his head. It was he who taught me first about the delicacy of the pea in the pod.
“First string it,” he pantomimed, “then fry. I raised an eyebrow. “Fry?” He shook his head, meaning “Yes, fry. In deep peanut oil, and no more than five minutes.” He held up five fingers. Isn’t it easy to converse in Chinese.”
What’s the mime for peanut oil, I wonder?
The Far Eastern Epicure, 1958, Maria Kozslik Donovan
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