Sunday, June 12, 2005

Angela invited some of her Italian students to our apartments yesterday to enjoy a shared meal; the Chinese made jiaozi (pronounced jow-dzuh) and Angela made pasta Bolognese (penne rigate noodles with meat sauce). Jiaozi is kind of Chinese dumpling filled with various combinations of ingredients such as pork, mushrooms, celery and tofu. Here's a picture of Angela's students beginning to fill the dumplings. A small lump of dough is pressed into a thin circle and a dollop of the filling is placed in the middle. The dough is then folded over and pressed closed, like a kind of big, crescent-shaped ravioli. After preparing the dumplings, they are boiled in water and then served hot with vinegar. Delicious! We had a great time getting to know each other while preparing the meal together.

After we finished eating and cleaning up, we learned to play mahjong, a Chinese tile game. Usually, four people are needed to play a game and we paired up with each other as there were so many of us who needed assistance. Angela's students taught us the game and we played for a few hours before deciding to wrap-up our evening. During the course of the game, when one team had been deemed the loser of a round, a thin strip of toilet paper was draped over the ears of those players. Our Chinese guests found it quite amusing and I guess it was a form of humorous humiliation.

5 comments:

Bob said...

I hear there's a problem leaving comments. Is that true?

Dad said...

This is a test from dad,s computer.

JWG said...
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JWG said...

Where and what are you teaching? I am in Seoul teaching EFL at Yonsei University. Sounds like you might be doing the same thing, though it also sounds like you are doing it somewhere else.

Bob said...

Teaching primary school students English in Beijing, China...