Melrose came over at about 11.30, and we decided to go look for lunch, then go for a walk, and finish up at the market to buy meat and veges to cook Pork Adobo tonight. This was one of my favourite dishes when I was visiting the Philippines.
We headed up the road, to the northern restaurant that we used to call the Lotus Restaurant when it was located on the bank of the lotus pond. It is still owned by the same people, but vastly upgraded. Amazingly though, the prices have not changed! The owners come from Harbin in Heilongjiang Province, which is in the far north east. Even further north than North Korea!
The owner was very happy to see us, and we had a lovely lunch. We started out thinking we did not need too much, but even with the three simple dishes we ordered, we really struggled to finish it up. But oh boy, it was delicious. We had pork and vegetable steamed dumplings, a sort of pancake with chives in it, and a vegetable dish of eggplant and beans.
After lunch, and getting photos taken together with the owners, we headed back down the street, and ended up walking down Cuixing Lu, which is the street where Winnie and Liao live for now. But I could not possibly remember where their house is.
We did see some interesting places on the way down the road. First of interest was a children's art school. The examples of the students' work were very impressive, especially for me, the 9 year old's work.
Then we saw a martial arts centre, which we photographed for one of Melrose's colleagues. Kevin is from the US, and is into martial arts, so perhaps our knowledge can be of some use to him.
As we wandered past a teapot shop, we were invited in for a look. The whole shop has nothing but teapots. But not your everyday utilitarian teapots. They were all around 500 - 700 rmb, and we were told they came from very famous teapot culture in Fujian Province. Not a lot of English was known, but the guy who invited us in managed to communicate a little. He was just visiting there, with two of his other classmates. The fourth classmat is married to the boss of the shop. We did not find out what the others do now, but he is a pathologist in the local Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.
We walked on, until we came to the lakeside, and hung about there for a while, before deciding to try and find the Chain Mart supermarket that we believe is somewhere in the vicinity. After asking directions of a couple of people, we finally found it.
There I got meat and veges to cook, after deciding it was already too late to bother going to the market when we got back. In fact it was almost dark when we came out of the supermarket! And then we had to figure out how to get back to Peter's house! In the end we managed to get a taxi, thank goodness. I was buggered and my feet and legs were screaming in protest!
Our pork adobo was delicious, just like I remember from the Philippines. We had bought supplies for two other dishes, but decided to keep that in the fridge for tomorrow or the next day. After the heavy lunch, we did not need so much more food.
When it was time for Melrose to leave I walked down with Hugo on the lead and up as far as the Walmart shopping centre, before heading back to home.