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Adventures in East Asia

Post Altar Return Village Meal

Once the altar is returned to the village temple, it seems customary to organise a communal village lunch. A couple of guys are already cooking up some choi (and perhaps some other ingredients underneath) in three large pans, fed by wood burning stoves.

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I've seen photos online of larger pans cooking, but I was still impressed seeing these in real life.

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I didn't stick around whilst they were cooking unfortunately but I did return when the meal was in full swing. The performance theatre was converted quickly into a large dining area using the existing seats and a load of circular tables - not sure where these suddenly came from.

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I was too late to begin the lunch, but when I saw the leftovers piled into one of the serving bowls (which reminded me of a basin meal) I lost my appetite anyway(!).

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Although I saw some guys cooking the food, it appears that most of the work in preparing, organising and actually moving the furniture about, is done by the women. This seems to be normal in the New Territories where in the Hakka culture, the women take on alot of the active roles usually handled by men, in the West. Check all these dudes sitting along this kerb whilst the women do all the work in the distance!

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Whilst the tables and chairs are all cleared away, the deconstruction of the performance theatre is begun.

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More photos are in my Flickr set.


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26/02/09  at  04:51 PM
Duh, I told you Hakka women are capable! And I reckon you are a Hakka in denial btw.
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