12th June 2015:
The Fork Story : a matter of international diplomacy …. 11 June 2015
This is tale of international culinary technique ! Or desperation … and diplomacy.
As we moved through SE Asia and particularly now in China where Chop Sticks rule the world in terms of culinary technique, one member of the team has been struggling a little … Well let’s say struggling a lot (but getting much better).
You guessed it …its Barry. Before we left Tina (Barry’s wife) set Mollie up with a fantastic array of both food stuffs, cooking and camping gear …. Including about half a dozen forks ( and knifes and spoons etc)
These have become very valuable items of cutlery …. Why you may ask?
Well when chop sticks became the norm …. Barry got smart. He started bringing a fork out for the meal with him ….. BUT …this became a little difficult as more than once ( a lot more than once) … the fork stayed at the restaurant….. !!! . And hour or so after the meal…. Barry would exclaim … “shit the fork …!!!! Another one gone.!” And very ,very few of the places we have eaten in China have had western implements.
It was getting desperate. (Tina I hope they weren’t your best cutlery. Because they are now scattered along the trail behind us).
Pete helped out however, he bought Barry a couple of forks for his birthday…. And some trainer wheel chop sticks (kids ones ) … And we have set Barry a challenge … Eating a whole meal with chop sticks ( which I think he has achieved already) before we leave China because even when he has had a fork available, he has often forgotten to bring it out with him.
But this has not stopped the ongoing debate about culinary technique .
We have had international noodle eating challenges to test the theory of which is better … Barry on fork and Jerry on chop sticks . Unofficially it is one all.
And … Wait there is more …One of the things that happens in China when you check out of your hotel …. Much more so than in any other place I have been, is they check the rooms … to make sure you have not used anything that needs to be paid for …or left anything behind. Which is good really. ( all of us have left things in our morning haze).
Today we decided on our new brew of Muesli for breakfast rather than Chinese breakfast, so a few bowls and spoons appear from the car and muesli is served with banana and honey we bought in Tibet. It went down a treat.
We pack up, load the cars and Jerry sorts out the bill and low and behold Barry has accidentally packed a fork….yes our hotel was a little up market and international and had a fork in the room! Until it disappeared ??.
So to avoid an international incident of immense diplomatic significance the fork was returned (un harmed ) !
As you might imagine this fork issue has become quite a laugh.