Monday, 8 February 2010

Chinese markets

... are a world unto themselves, aren't they?

After getting up early on Saturday, putting through 3 loads of laundry, scrubbing the bathroom and weeding the back garden, we took the tram into the city to the Central Markets.

Man, those places smell and are crowded, but a real eye opener! I was looking specifically for a steamboat, an Asian cooking utensil similar in design to a wok, but with a flue up the centre. After a few false starts I found the Asian supermarket down the back and there I found a little steamboat which one puts a bbq bead inside. This creates the heat, then you fill a moat with chicken broth, and when it's hot you place chicken strips, prawns, vegetables, pork balls, dim sims and wontons in and let them cook. Everyone helps themselves, and dinner lasts for a couple of hours. Everyone sees to be looking forward to trying it out anyway.

When we got home we didn't do much, the weather was lovely so we just sat around.

Sunday was a hot one. I slept in, did some washing, Dobby packed for next weekend away, and that's about the extent of it.

Last week at work was horrific. Our DME plant is experiencing production problems so we are in shortage of stock, and it's end of month. I did not get home on time at all last week, one night working 45 minutes overtime.

I hope this week shapes up to be better...


Chris H said...

OOOOOO we dined at a Mongolian Restaurant in Singapore that had those 'steamboat' things.. it was so much fun!
Now of course you have made me thing I MUST HAVE ONE! *sigh*.. wonder if we have anywhere here that sells them eh?
I hope you enjoy using yours lots.

Anonymous said...

when can i come to dinner. love wally

Leanne said...

Steamboat sounds great! Don't think I've ever had one of them. Hope your week at work gets better, and you survive this damn heat. It is Yuck Yuck Yuck!!

JoeinVegas said...

I hope you use it in a well ventilated place, don't want you all passing out from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Anonymous said...

yippee i can write to you again!Just had a new hard drive put in the laptop. Have you got a fondue set to have for dessert after the steamboat? love Rat.

Froggy said...

Welcome Rat!

No fondue set but saw one recently and wouldn't mind one at all!


Micki said...

The meal sounded wonderful! Very yummy!