Meat Skewers: Friday’s 5pm Treat
Every Friday, just before 5pm, Justin arrives home with fresh vegetables, a few cold beers and a bag barbecued meat skewers. These meat skewers are cooked by the Chinese man who stands outside the grocery store below to our apartment complex. We used to eat them around Eli all the time, and only a few weeks ago did we think to offer him one. Oh my gosh – he chewed on that skewer FOR AGES! We don’t really want to leave him alone with this long sharp wooden skewer, so he usually sits with us, and we all munch on our skewers together in the kitchen. If I am still teaching when Justin gets home, I will put on one of Eli’s programs and put him on a chair at the table next to me. When something that he loves is playing – he WON’T move!
“Shao Kao is a kind of Chinese barbecue where skewers of meat and vegetables are seasoned heavily with cumin and Chinese five-spice powder, among other spices, and grilled over long and narrow charcoal grills. They are especially popular at night, where crowds of people will order a bunch of bbq, sit on little plastic stools in the middle of the alley, and regale themselves with bbq and beer… I particularly like the grilled veggies. Oh, not to mislead you…this isn’t healthy by any means. But sometimes it’s fun to indulge.” ~ Take from Food Republik
Certainly Hard to Resist!
Justin absolutely loves meat, and I bet that he finds it hard to resist these skewers when he goes to pick up fresh vegetables every afternoon on his way home from work. I am sure that there have been many days where he has bought a few, and finished them before he has even reached the entrance to our building. hahaha! Now that Eli is obsessed – he has to buy the non-spicy kind too. He gets a few spicy and a few that are not, and we all share them while we talk about our day. It has become our “Friday 5pm ritual”…. and is definitely quite a treat!
The first time that we had Chinese BBQ was with Zachary and Heather, just after we moved to Donying. That feels like such a long time ago. I can’t believe how far we have come in China! Life is so incredibly different now.
Check out that post from 2011 here –> Settling in: Dongying
This post REALLY makes me want to get back to making videos for our YouTube channel. I loved vlogging. Showing these small little day-to-day details of our life abroad makes me so happy. I know that we will enjoy looking back on these later! BUT it took so much time to do that, blogging, and tutoring. With my current workload, it is almost impossible! We are, however, due to get new phones early next month so if I can figure out a way to edit and upload videos quickly from my phone, I will definitely get back into the VLOGS!