Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Laziness is something that you can't heal

Sorry, I'll start posting again tomorrow... I don't really have the energy, nor the time, to make a quality post (can any of my posts actually be considered 'quality posts?' haha). Anyway, I'll finish today with a post of the last meal I ate during the orientation week, which as of today... was about 3 weeks ago. Yeah, that should give you an idea of how behind I've fallen in terms of posting.

As far as our last meal, we went to 竹東 (Zhu Dong), which is an area where a lot of 客家 (Hakka) people live. Naturally, we ate at a Hakka restaurant. I didn't take pictures of everything... but these two dishes were at least interesting to me. First was... uh, to be honest, I'm not sure what that was. My group leader said it was pig's brain, but she might've been joking. It was pretty tasteless, mostly just taking on the character of the soy sauce it was cooked in, and kind of mealy, not unlike a red potato. Anyway, I wasn't a tremendous fan, I just thought it looked kind of cool.

Hakka people are also famous for their love of 麻吉 (mochi). Made with rice flour mixed with hot water, and pounded gently (then roughly) for longer than humanly possible, the result is a creamy and chewy concoction which can only be described, yet again, as 'QQ.' The way you're supposed to eat the giant ball of rice dough, which is essentially all it is, is to cut it using chopsticks into little balls, roughly the size of a chickpea, then roll it around in a powder mixture of peanut flour and sugar. End result, orgasm in your mouth. The delicate sweetness of the flour mixes with the rather unnoticeable starchy taste of rice to make for a ridiculously filling dessert. Trust me, if you finish that entire thing, you will feel sick.

distance for the day: 7.07 miles
distance biked for the day: 0.00 miles

distance on the year: 420.85 miles
distance biked on the year: 142.68 miles


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