Zhengda’s music societies obviously got the note yesterday regarding my feelings on zheng practice. Today I was trying to relax in corpse pose at the end of yoga class, and suddenly realised I could hear not only the crazy zheng players next door, but rising up through the floor, a freaking brass band was practicing a rousing tune called “Let’s Drive Rosie Round The Bend!”. Hah. It sounded great as a mash-up with the traditional zheng music.
After yoga and before heading back to the library for a long, wild Friday night of studying (I feel I must get it all out the way before the weekend can start), I went to get some much deserved dinner. For reasons which I’ve yet failed to identify, whenever I do a quick calorie count, I seem to be barely scraping 1500kcal a day, which considering how active I am is really not enough. But it’s just so difficult to find food I want to eat… that isn’t cong zhua bing (fried chive pancake with a fried egg and hot sriracha sauce). I want nice vegetarian food damn it!
However tonight I treated myself to lu wei, which is kind of like pic’n’mix only everything you pick gets plunged into a huge cauldron of black broth, boiled up, and served back to you in a bowl if you’re lucky, or in a plastic bag if you’re not. It’s one of the few foods I like that isn’t deep-fried (which is the main source of the calories I am consuming, but who can resist deep-fried ANYTHING?).
Lu wei stalls look like this, and for a whole year I was terrified-slash-revolted by them.
There’s generally a lot of vaguely identifiable raw meat/seafood/tofu going on without any real hygiene measures in place to prevent flies crawling over them or the cook from coughing over them. But then I was out late with my friend Alecs one night back in 2007 and he purchased a bag full of noodles and… stuff… and pursuaded me to give it a go. It was so delicious that I was able to overlook the generally unappetizing aspect of it, as well as the lack of hygiene (after all, this is Taiwan, I’m kidding myself if I think the hygiene is better in the kitchens I can’t see).
My lu wei tonight had green peppers, green beans, leafy greens, cauliflower, noodles, and the best food in the whole of Asia…
Tofu skin. LOVE IT. I crave it all the time. I could eat a huge plateful of it and come back for seconds. There’s just something about the texture! NOM.