Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tai O

Tai O is one of the many fun places to be, without having to leave Hong Kong. Many of those famous houses on stilts have survived, so far. Many are sparsely furnished. But we also saw one house (this one was on land, however) with 7 air conditioner units.

Imagine a house like this one - with the front door opening onto the street (through which this picture was taken), and the back door (at the center of this picture) opening towards the ocean. Wouldn’t it be neat?

It has unused salt flats and wetlands full of mangrove trees, mud skippers, crabs, snails, clams, ... One can even take a ride in a speed boat to see the dolphins - we saw speed boats going out every minutes. But I am not sure whether they (the dolphins, I mean) really enjoy such frequent intrusions.

These are not red bricks. They are blocks of shrimp paste. They can be used in vegetable dishes, stir fried dishes, fried rices, steamed pork, ... A bit salty, but very fragrant and delicious.


The Cat said...

Aren't they also suspected of being carcinogenic? The shrimp paste, I mean, not the dolphins.

StephenC said...

I have eaten crocodile meat and other stuff, but never dolphin as far as I know.

Regarding shrimp paste, I have never heard they are carcinogenic. Are you sure?

In any case, I believe if you just eat a little, it shouldn't matter. Most of time, when they say something is carcinogenic, it is based on testing on mice or some small animal. And you have to eat a ton to get cancer.

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