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In search of 鑊氣

  • 7th Nov, 2004 at 9:56 PM

What an interesting weekend. After a horrible and miserable week, things were starting to look up on Saturday morning. I stayed out late on Friday night with Will Lachance and Steven Di Rocco, and Will was gracious enough to let me crash on his couch.

I gushed over the fact that Will owned a gas stove, and was sad to hear that he didn't cook. After a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs, cooked to perfection over gorgeously low heat, we both headed to the office. I did a little hacking, and bumped into denizsarikaya. She let me know that I broke something on Thursday, and we didn't know it until Saturday morning. Five measly characters were all that separated us from success.

Today, a bunch of us went out to 點心 (dim sum) at 富麗華 (Lotte Furama). Well, actually, I showed up an hour late due to odd scheduling problems, and my inability to read numbers. After this, I went with Damian and Allison to various shops, in an attempt to purchase a lid for their new (wok) which they acquired at Canadian Tire for all of $7. They finally found a store that had pot lids small enough for it, and also a bamboo steamer as well.

Now, I had the good fortune to tag along, since they were getting this new because they thought their old one was too big. So I went over to their place, chatted with them about some very interesting topics, and then was sent out the door with their old . I didn't detect anything wrong with it, so I went home, scoured off all the rust, and made something tasty. It seems to work well with me, and it's fairly decently balanced. So I'm happy, they're happy, and I've got a decent . The last one I owned came from IKEA, and had this horrible non-stick coating that wasn't. This one is a good stainless steel model that should last me until I get a carbon steel version. And a jet-engine gas stove.



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8th Nov, 2004 17:50 (UTC)
Simon, is a purely Cantonese character? I'm not familiar with it, and I can't find it in any of my Mandarin dictionaries, much to my amusement. Frankly, I've always wondered what the character for "wok" looked like, and I could never find it. Cantonese only? 係唔係呀?
8th Nov, 2004 20:27 (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's Cantonese only. But Wikipedia doesn't offer any alternative writing styles. (Of course, there is a simplified spelling, but you don't seem to use that.)
9th Nov, 2004 21:06 (UTC)
I don't think I've seen any of my parent's cookbooks use the character . They tend to use the character . Perhaps it's a Cantonese character that Madarin eventually adopted? is another one of these. Clearly us Cantonese-speaking people know good food better ;)
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