10.26.2007

culinary minefield


yes folks, that is the head of a bird, a pigeon to be exact, and his remnant limbs scattered across the plate... all part of the authentic chinese dining experience we had last night. several of matt's co-workers made reservations at a shanghai-style restaurant, and we tagged along. the meal consisted of but was not limited to lotus plant, jellyfish, marinated bamboo shoots, shark fin soup, chinese dumplings, mr. pigeon, duck, peanut soup, and the restaurant's signature hairy crab. what is a hairy crab, you ask?



this is a hairy crab. he's a rare chinese delicacy, found in the freshwaters of eastern china. i'm assuming he gets his name from the layer of fuzz found on his legs. shoot, i'm gettin' hungry... what about you guys?




and here's the whole crew going to town on the crab. matt works with awesome people here in hong kong. they were oft times so concerned about what i would be able to eat... so kind of them. although the nosh was questionable at times, the company was unmatched. looks like we'll have no shortage of friends here in hk.

19 comments:

Russell and Aya said...

Yum! We are jealous of all the gourmet foods that you got to eat, except the bird head. The only thing missing was the Sweet and sour pork, right? (Ha ha ha!). By the way what was your favorite part of the pigeon's face?

Angela said...

how convenient you had your camera to share with us what we're missing. So generous. Hey erin, have an egroll name suggestion - check out the post....

Anonymous said...

Hmm....not sure I'd be as brave as you two, but I'm sure you didn't really have a choice that night huh? So how's your stomach? :)

hilary said...

all i have to say about the pigeon head is SICK!! but your friends look very nice.:) i think they will take good care of you. it's good to see you guys are doing well, miss you!

hilary said...

all i have to say about the pigeon head is SICK!! but your friends look very nice.:) i think they will take good care of you. it's good to see you guys are doing well, miss you!

Tia said...

Erin-
I'm so glad that you commented on my blog! It looks like you guys are having a lot of fun in Hong Kong and trying all kinds of new things. I might have missed it somewhere in your blog, but what are you guys doing in Hong Kong?! And Congrats on your little one on the way!

greta said...

and you were worried about a little mold on your bread... either you are going to lose weight the last trimester of your pregnancy or you and your egg role are going to have stomachs of steal!!

ps food that has to be eaten with gloves should not be eaten.. eeeh
(i feel so closed minded right now)

The Hillstrom Clan said...

you are a brave soldier skeener.

Alyson said...

What an experience! I applaude your open-mindedness. What's with the gloves?

Oh, and great shots of the city and your life there! Wow.

Lori said...

part of me is jealous of your culinary creativity...the other part is screaming in fear with the bird head. eek! i was thinking the same thing as aly, gloves?

glad you're doing okay!

Yume said...

Erin!!!! NOOOOOOOooooooo Pigeon..... but it tasted really good, right? I had it before.
Crabs~ I love crabs! Early November is the season :) Yellow part is the best. We just had one yesterday fresh from China.

Laura B from the LBC said...

Maybe its just me and my weak stomach, but at this point in the evening, I would blame the eggroll and fake stomach illness....but that's just me.....

HOUSLEY FAM said...

I just don't even know what to say!! You are a very brave soul!!!

Mikel said...

Oh my...my pregnant little stomach just did a huge flip at seeing that pigeon head in your soup!

Jessica said...

i agree with greta about the gloves. if you can't touch it should you be eating it? did you keep your gloves on for the whole meal? hee hee. it looks like a great experience!

Ashlee said...

Can't believe the pigeon dish. Whoa. Eat up, I guess. Love the pictures of your digs. Fun to see where you are at. Glad you made it safe and sound. Keep up with your great adventures on the blog. Always a pleasure to read.

Mardi & Jeremey said...

I am so proud of you! Embracing another culture can be a lot to handle. You seem to be doing very well!

JacobsFamily said...

Erin
So fun to find each others blogs. Ok, first of all, what the heck are you doing in Hong Kong? Sounds like an adventure. Congrats on the pregnancy. I'll be checking in on ya!
Erika Allen Jacobs

Emilee said...

it disturbs me that these people are waering plastic gloves. Anything you are trying to prevent is counteracted by the fact your putting it in your mouth.

old me.