Friday, September 19, 2008

The Stinky Drifter

"He promised us photos of the city, but instead sends pictures of his laundry!"

To my mother's relief, I have been showering (near) daily.

Laundry is another problem. There's a small french washing machine on my balcony, and I decided to go toe-to-toe with the beast today.

(Yea, I don't speak french, or Chinese... so it wasn't easy).

I promised you pictures, and was going to go exploring today, but when I realized there were no more of essential white v-neck undershirts for the coming work week, i thought my afternoon off was best spent with my french-made launderer.

Tonight, I went to a piano recital. I saw, by far, the best rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that's ever been played. (I'm not joking. You think I'm joking, but I'm not.)

After that, my boss, her assistant and I went to a Nightmarket (Note: See #11-13 of this Entry for more information on nightmarkets).

There, I tried the infamous "Stinky Tofu."
Stinky Tofu is a famous Taiwanese dish that is made up of fermented tofu that, while its cooking, you can smell half way down the block.
Served, the odor lessens as the moist, gray, sponge-like substance is covered in a crisp tempura shell.

The taste isn't bad... really. Sure, its a little weird when you bite down and it squirts, but if you can get past that, you might be able to finish a plate.

So I did it. I conquered the Stinky Tofu. I also drank prawn juice, and a sweet Taiwanese meatball (that was actually pretty good once you put it in your mouth and forgot that the meat was still a bit pink), and fishball soup (think meatball made of fish).

I'm quite the expert now. Doubt I even reek of Westerner anymore...

Til Tomorrow,

PS Did I mention that I don't have a dryer? Anyone know the most efficient way to dry socks without a dryer?


Samantha said...

Oh, the hardships of laundry. It's such an undesirable necessity. Give me your piano review! (Please?)

Oh, by the way. It's been ages, it's so nice to be able to catch up on what you've been up to. Hey, thanks blogger. :)

Samantha said...

I know i've already commented, but stinky tofu!? I'm too visual to not comment on the "you bite down and it squirts" after the fermentation process. Ay ay ay. You are a brave soul, my dear.

Pee.Ess. Why didn't you somehow record that twinkle twinkle version and send it over my wayyy?

Alison said...

check up on them often. As clothes hang, water tends to collect at the lowest gravity points, so you need to squeeze out the water every so often, otherwise it will take forever to dry your clothes, especially in what sounds like a rather moist climate such as yours.

And of course the fan/heater tactic never fails.

it's strange how my random life experiences have come so much in hand in as you begin your random life journey...


Alison said...

also. i am now the proud owner of probably the only dryer in southern russia (complicated story of why) and it speaks german.

my washer speaks russian :)

Chase said...

Alison, I want to hear this washer story. Can I draw from your knowledge once more? ...How do you get the laundry to actually smell good??

I don't mind that it dries stiff in the form that it was hanging, but it smells like old bath water. And I'm not into that.

Sam, I wish I could have recorded you the Twinkle Twinkle Diddy. But the concert hall was way over staffed, and I'm pretty sure they knew Kung Fu. So I thought it to be safest to obey the no camera rule.