Steve made a fourth trip to Shenzhen this week with me. The office invited us for a welcome dinner at a traditional Chinese Hot Pot restaurant. Hot Pot is communal eating. A boiling pot divided in two sections with one being mild and the other being spicy (quite spicy).
Generally the meal begins with meats; pork, beef, chicken, lamb, frog, cow stomach I and cow stomach II, cow esophagus, chicken feet and duck intestine. This is then followed by many kind of vegetables; greens, melon, potato, fresh water chestnuts, cauliflower and mushrooms.
I think the most fun was when the staff tried to explain the English name of all the animal parts that we were presented. iPhones were consulted as they pointed on themselves where the organ would be. It was a little like charades. Steve was our diplomat trying all, but I abstained from all innards. The veggies were terrific and the spice was peppery and addictive.
After asking about all the different items, we were told “in China, we just try everything even if we don’t know what it is and if you like it then it is good.” A good time was had by all.