i have to say that the thing i enjoyed most during the trip was food, and the thing i enjoyed least was also food.
lahu people’s diets are full of nutrition. every meal is consisted of either one of these materials: soya bean, bean sprout, greeneries, tofu, pork, garlic, rice and more pork. strangely enough, not a meal served eggs. maybe it was hard to find. maybe it was pricey.
they cooked it in different ways: boiled, steamed, fried, stir-fried and raw (the raw part is mainly chilli paste).
for 5 meals, our dishes rotated around the food mentioned above. i greatly enjoyed it. but imagine if you have to eat rice for 3 days in a row without any alternatives, you would get bored, wouldn’t you?
but we never complained. although we didn’t pack snacks of any kinds (no chips, no chocolate, no candy), i thank God for p.yui who told me while we were shopping that i should get some bread, jam and peanut butter. the p&j sandwich saved our lives, especially the boys whose stomach wasn’t very used to heavy stuff in the morning. 🙂
every meal was catered with dedication and care that i could find no words to express my thankfulness well enough. the cooks woke up earlier and stayed later than anyone to prepare meals for us. one morning i noticed that while we were having breakfast, the cooks were already preparing lunch already!
God was good. the 6th meal, the last one, at the project, we were served noodles with pork soup. i almost cried. not only the taste was heavenly but …just trying to wrap my mind around the genuine kindness of the staff and church members…this cooking with heart…was overwhelming. like the Bible says, when we are in Him, we never lack anything. God provides so much.
it’s 7:13pm on monday and i just gobbled down a piece of chicken pie and a glass of chocolate milk after going hungry for the whole day (no particular reason…just lazy to eat and not so hungry earlier in the day). now i’m eating spicy instant noodle. food is heavenly. and it’s something i’ll remember not to take it as granted.
so…although i don’t cook myself, let me tell you, my readers…whether you’re a pro cook or just a do-it-for-fun cook, i appreciate you so much. thank you for making this world a better place with your dedication, creativity and care. 🙂