I happened to be in Guangzhou on my grandmother’s birthday this year. I also had the pleasure of joining in the family dinner to celebrate her 93th birthday. How wonderful is that, right?
My grandmother used to a farmer living in a small village in the Guangdong province. It is home to the "Hakka" culture which I hold dear to my heart. After my grandfather passed away, she came over to Guangzhou to help my parents to look after my sister and myself. I spent a lot of my childhood with her so that’s actually how I learned to speak in the "Hakka" dialect too, lol.
Grandma adores comfort food so we took her to a local restaurant and ordered up all her favourite dishes as a surprise treat! There were:
Poached Chicken (白切鸡 )
Spare Rib with Garlic (蒜香骨)
Steamed Fish (清蒸鱼)
Sweet and Sour Pork (糖醋咕噜肉)
Assorted Mushroom Pot (什锦菇煲)
Fish-flavored Eggplant Pot (鱼香茄子煲)
Steamed Luffa with Garlic and Dried Scallop (干贝蒜蓉蒸丝瓜)
Fried Cauliflower with Chilli (干红椒炒菜花)
Spicy Bamboo Shoots (辣炒笋尖)
Pancake (香煎薄饼 )
Everything from start to finish, was simply fantastic. The food was cooked beautifully and served up piping hot. The rest of our family in attendance, from the very young to the elderly, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. However the best thing of all was the fact that my grandmother had the best birthday meal she could have wished for!
How's this lovely birthday cake to finish off this wonderful day?