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Eating and Greeting

These past few days we have been taking care of details: internet/facebook/sim cards…..etc. and resting. We have also been getting to know Cortney’s circle of friends here. Peter is from the Midwest, like me. He is a good laugh and so enthusiastic to absorb all that is China. Leo, whose real name I have no chance of ever pronouncing, is unusual by Chinese standards in many ways. It is amazing what he can cook in one pan.

Leo’s One Pan Bass

1 Whole Bass (2 lbs)
½ c Safflower oil
1 bunch cilantro
lots of peppers (mild and hot – to taste)
6-10 cloves garlic – peeled
3 T grated ginger root
1 bunch chives
1 bunch green onions
1 T chicken or fish bouillon
¼ c soya sauce
¼ c rice vinegar
salt/black pepper to taste

Take ginger root cut in half and rub down the inside of your wok with it.
Then add the oil and bring to frying temperature. Add in whole fish. Fry till about half cooked, turning frequently. Take off flame and pour off excess oil.  Chop everything else into bite size or smaller pieces and add it all in.  Add a small amount of water as needed to make a bit more broth. Cover and let the fish finish cooking. Do not turn the fish again. Serve over plate of rice or noodles. Garnish with extra cilantro and lime.

We also had lunch and dinner with Rhett, Aurora and their kids. It was lovely to meet them. They are a real God send on the where/what/how of integrating into Shanghai and China in general. We share many common interests and Aja(daughter-7) and Rhys(son-3) love Kailin.  We had a great time hanging out with them and hope to see them again soon.