I want to wish everyone a very healthy and tasty Year of Ox.
You know what, one downside of living with a dog is that it leaves you to think certain food is only meant for pets. Take beef paddywack for example. "Most commonly found in the pet department of stores where it is packaged dried as a dog treat/food," is the only accolade I managed to find when I looked it up on the net.
But once again, having ate so many eccentric dishes in China over the years, I know very well our dining table is the last place on earth for anyone to think in conventional terms. It's a place that time and again puts leftover and scraps into the most insanely exciting delicacy. Beef paddywack for one and the epiglottis of beef, the alignment muscle between throat and tongue -- like a beef tongue isn't mind-blowing enough? For the sake of yumminess, throw me some please!
In the meantime, share your meals with those you love and let's not forget those who don’t have the same access to great food like many of us do. Last year may not be as spectacular as it could be. But if we work it hard this year, maybe we can make something fabulous out of the trims too.
Here's to a fantastic and feng yi zu shi ("to be well-fed and well-clothed" 豐衣足食) Year of Ox!