Dinner at Por's

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Last Friday, my Por Por (Chinese name for grandma) invited her grandchildren, the ones who were in town, around for a home cooked meal. As usual her dishes were delicious. We had pickled radishes, spring rolls, Chinese pork ribs, Thai duck salad with cos lettuce, peanuts and a fresh chilli sauce, roast pork with pan-fried tofu and bok choy, cabbage, rice noodles and omelette with minced meat and Chinese boiled chicken with two sauces: an oil, spring onion and ginger sauce and Millionaire sauce: ginger, garlic, spring onions, black pepper, sesame oil, soy sauce, chinese vinegar, honey, salt and dry Sichuan pepper corns (Por's recipe). The handmade spring rolls disappeared as soon as they hit the table and the Thai duck salad was fresh and lovely, a new dish for Por and a huge success. Stuffed pretty much to the brim, Por Por then brought out a large bowl of stir fried noodles with shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, minced pork, ginger, garlic, oyster sauce and coriander, which no one could refuse. For dessert, my beautiful cousin Louisa made a pavlova with fresh cream and strawberries!

It was a truly divine dinner and great to spend time with my cousins and of course, Por Por!

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Photo: Por Por and (most) of her grandchildren.

Lei xx