Coincidentally, my father is in Hong Kong right now and it was his birthday earlier in the week. He decided to organize a birthday dinner at one of his favorite restaurants. It’s a Chinese food place that’s operated for decades and I can recall at least three other times that I’ve eaten there.
My dad’s birthday also created a reason for my relatives to get together for dinner. This is super-helpful for me so I can see everyone at once, especially on this trip where I’ve been working non-stop. Or at least more than previous visits to Hong Kong. And this meant I could see my grandmother in a restaurant, instead of at her house where we just sit and watch news in Chinese. Well, she watches the news. I just sit next to her on the couch for a few hours.
We come to this restaurant for two dishes: suckling pig and shark’s fin-egg-yumminess. I don’t know what the latter dish is called, but basically it’s composed of shark’s fin, egg, scallions and other spices. It sounds kind of weird, but it really works.
After dinner, I rushed back home to continue working on a deck that I needed to submit before a noon EST deadline. Even though it was a brief celebration, the birthday dinner was a nice respite from the world of PowerPoint.