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“Number 737??! Number 737!” the militant voice screams into the microphone.
People pull out their tickets with desperate hope, only to have it snatched away and replaced with disappointment.
Quickly, we dive to the front of the queue and accompanied to our table through the war zone.
Trolleys of food crashing into each other. The maitre d’ yelling at those driving them.
Dirty plates are cleared, thrown recklessly into a big plastic tub.
A new clean white tablecloth flung across with swiftness, clean plates tossed around the table like frisbees.
Finally we sit down for some delectable Yum Cha.
For all of its crazy chaos, it’s our favourite Sunday pastime.
Well, mine actually.
For Mr Surfer, it’s been an acquired taste.
One of the first meetings with my family happened over Yum Cha.
Much to his horror, he found himself with an Asian family that ate chicken feet.
Right then, I knew he was a keeper.
The other thing that bugs him about Yum Cha is the use of chopsticks. It’s definitely not his thang.
There’s a Chinese saying:
“Every grain of rice in your bowl is won by the sweat of the brow”
But what if it takes every sweat of your husband’s brow to pick up that grain of rice?
The twinions on the other hand are starting to build an interest.
Here are some tips I thought I’d share as the twinions are discovering the art of using chopsticks:
Watching Kung-Fu Panda:
Encouraging chopstick use is probably not one of the main messages of this movie but all I can say is, it’s worked for the twinions.
Let them see you use them:
Pretty self-explanatory, however, I warn you there will be a long period there they will just want to use them as drum sticks.
Keep watchful eye on tea cups, bowls, plates, glasses and keep sanity in tact.
Get through that phase and you’re on a winning streak.
Accept that things will get messy:
This is why Chinese restaurants are great! While many of them aren’t so hot on customer service, they are kid-friendly. You can leave behind the biggest World War 3 without an inkling of guilt.
Ordering takeaway is just as good, even better when it comes to convenience.
All the more awesome if your local has delicious noodles dishes and there’s only one way to find out.
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(No) Method to the Madness:
Nunu keeps asking me how to hold chopsticks and it’s like teaching him how to use a pen but not really…
It’s one of those things you just have to figure out for yourself.
The added bonus is that he’s working on his fine motor skills.
Cut the food up:
Just like teaching children how to use a knife and a fork, it helps if we cut up the food for them.
We noticed a couple sitting next to our table with their toddler, cutting up her noodles with special food scissors. Genius!
Ever since, that’s how we prepare our noodles as well as spaghetti.
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