What is it about homecooking ?
After eating at M Kee on Sunday for lunch with Uncle Ephod, Tim and I had Sunday dinner at my house. I hadn’t had a decent homecooked meal for a while, and when we started eating, I realized how much better it tasted than M Kee….
Maybe it was because we had hong shao rou, or maybe it was because it was less oily. Maybe because it was homecooked and was made with care :)
Tim mentioned Uncle Ephod, and how much he probably misses home cooking and Chinese food. He is living in the middle of nowhere and renting a single room right now until he moves back into his house. His landlord’s kitchen is cluttered and unfamiliar, and I could imagine that it would be very bothersome to have to sort and clean up the clutter just to make a meal. AND to think of the start-up costs for procuring all the staples and basic supplies for cooking.
How nan2 shou4 難受 (uncomfortable) would it be to eat out for practically every meal!? And, beyond that, how 難受 would it be to eat sandwiches so often?
I want to use my ability to cook to serve Uncle Ephod- it won’t be that much, and I won’t be able to make him all the meals for the week, but I hope he will enjoy some home cooking!
Also, when we were at M Kee, Tim offered tea to the stranger who was sitting at our table (They had to do the ultra-Chinese-consolidating of tables of different parties). His seemingly “simple” action of sharing our full pot of tea (versus the man’s almost empty cup) opened up a door for conversation with the man :)
I definitely would have not thought to share tea, much less, pour tea, for a stranger. Then Tim introduced himself, and the stranger (also named Tim) proceeded to interview my Tim in the typical Asian dad manner: do you work? Where do you work? What do you do? Where did you go to school?
Tim is a nice guy who respects all elders, so he obediently answered all the questions, of course. ‘Twas very cute :d
I’m not trying to put Tim on a pedestal or anything, but rather seeing and being encouraged by Phil 2:4 at work in him, which I hope is God’s work in him and not just moral ‘goodness’. I think I often have the moral ‘goodness’ as an influence in my behavior, and not necessarily loving people as a response to God’s love for me.
I am really thankful that God has put someone in my life (who will hopefully stick around for a long time) who is influencing me to put others first in situations where I would least expect to, or do so on my own!