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盒馬, a house in a box? October 19, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Food, Shanghai, 台灣, 浦東, 中國.
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“Have you seen it?” My wife asked.

“What?” I said.

“he ma.” She said to me, somewhat agitated, “I lined it to you yesterday.”

“No.” I replied. “There isn’t much to see. I have seen 河馬 (he ma, hippos) before. They aren’t exactly pretty.” I said to myself.

“I told you to check it out yesterday. How come you haven’t done it?不乖.” She raised her voice and starred at me.

“Okay. Okay. I’ll do it right after I finish reading Trump pissing off at someone again.” I promised her.

Well, this is what she sent to me which was almost trashed by me because I seldom watch vedio sent to me by all my friends.

Well, now that you have seen it like I have, you know that this “he ma” isn’t “hippos” (河馬) and it isn’t “a horse in a box”, as in 盒馬, either.

We are talking about a brand new way of “fresh and live” grocery shopping in China; developed and operated by Alibaba: 盒馬鮮生, thecinstitue.net.

http://www.thecinstitute.net/hema/

https://baike.baidu.com/item/盒马鲜生/22035088?noadapt=1

~$120 USD each at 上海盒馬鮮生

Well, we just have to check it out next time we visit Shanghai next spring.

And, wouldn’t you know it, there is a 盒馬鮮生 at 長泰廣場 which is about 15 minutes from my apartment in Pudong, Shanghai.

Wonderful!

I already have alipay on my cellphones. All I need is to download 盒馬鮮生 app, set it up and start eating. Or shopping.

Yes, you can buy fresh seafood at 盒馬 and 盒馬 (盒馬) will cook for you right there, just like 龜吼, except it’s indoor and probably cleaner. 

I hope 盒馬 served cold beer too.

I can’t wait.

Oh, yes, if it is raining outside and we don’t want to go out, I can place an online order using my phone app and it will show up at my apartment within 30 minutes.

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Does New York City have fewer Asian beggars? October 12, 2017

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At least this was my observation when my wife and I lived in NYC on 2nd avenue one block north of Houston street.

I do have a partial answer to my own question and it was based on another observation of mine in NYC:

Near Laffayette and Broome close to SOHO.

The answer: they rather work with their own hands instead.

龜吼魚市,萬里 October 11, 2017

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再沒有見過比這個更精彩的魚市名字了。在這裏,連烏龜都吼的出來,你說這個魚市能不精彩嗎?

朋友要來這裏吃海鮮,他們說這裏的海鮮無比的新鮮,你挑蚌殼,海螺,活魚,活蝦,生猛的螃蟹,請魚市裏的餐館替你用九層塔,生薑,大蒜或青蔥來炒,也可以蒸,烤,炸,配著一盤新鮮的青菜或海菜,可以吃個痛快。現在又是中秋節月圓,蟹肥,膏多的時候。他們等了好久,一年一次,好心的邀我們一起去。

太太一聽就笑的合不攏口。他們話沒說完就答應了。我不喜歡吃螃蟹,也不會吃螃蟹,不過被他們講的如此天花亂墜,就依了他們。再說,我聽了魚市場的名字,免不了要跟著一起來見識見識,看看這裏的烏龜是怎麼一個吼法。

龜吼魚市場在萬里,台北市的東北邊,離基隆市只有四公里,離台灣的第二核能發電廠只有一公里遠。是不是發電廠放出來的溫水,導致魚產豐富,我就不得而知了。不過基隆河的出口就在邊上,河中的養分應該很多,有可能這也是原因之一吧。

魚市外景。漁船就在附近。

龜吼魚市場的標誌。漁船就在後面。

蝦子奇大無比。一磅大概三,四個。最多五個一磅。

不同的魚。還有魚子。

魚市生意很好,老闆接電話,可以電話訂單。

新臺幣250一斤。可能是台灣斤(600公克)。換算成美金是$6.20一磅。在美國的H Mart,活的 Cheasapeake Bay 的 Blue Crab只要$3一磅。便宜的時候只要$0.99一磅。不過 Blue Crab 比這個螃蟹稍微小一點。這種螃蟹叫三點蟹,因為它的殼上有三個黑點。沒有什麽肉,吃起來真麻煩。

今天是禮拜二,中午吃飯找不到位子。不過這裏的設備簡陋,木頭桌椅,破舊的帳篷之下非常熱,幾個破風扇無力的吹著熱風,整個地方不是非常乾淨。不過來這裏吃海鮮的人並不在乎。

我不知道這種螃蟹叫什麼名字,可能叫花蟹。它比三點螃蟹要大一圈。肉多,且肥。比三點蟹要貴多了。大的要$500或$600新臺幣一斤。

你也可以買一簍子。五,六隻螃蟹一千塊新臺幣。一隻要五,六塊多美金。

各式各樣的蛤蜊。我不知道多少錢一斤。不過覺得不算貴。

小小的銀魚,非常好吃。煮稀飯,做湯或者跟絲瓜一起煑都很好吃。不便宜。

魚市場裏面的餐館可以當場炒給你吃。

一排五六家,競爭激烈。

她是湖南來的小姐。很會来生意。客氣,能幹,整個中午就沒看到她停下來。她說她來這已經兩年了。中文她必須hustle,不停的拉客人。我看她這麽忙,爲跟她說歇息一下喝口水,吃口飯,她說,如果停一下,客人就會被別的餐館拉去,晚上算賬的時候就會少個一,兩千塊錢。我說你們的生意很好。她說 ,他們就只靠中文的生意。這裏傍晚和晚上的客人不多。週末還可以。不拼不行。

名字很不好聽。也不知道這個名字是從那裏來的。我不吃海膽。更不會買馬糞海膽。

台灣人叫這個”小卷”。也沒有清乾淨,就在燙水里過一下。沾醬吃。我是不會吃的。

海菜跟蛋一起煑。加上九層塔。

好大一盤。我至少吃了二十個。

五個花蟹新臺幣一千塊。水煮的。

這一條魚很好吃。味道好,蔥姜香,肉嫩,肉多,厚厚的好幾塊,汁濃。就是太大了。幾個我們把沒吃完的都打包了。

朋友還買了一籃子的三點蟹,一共二十三個。一千塊一籃。用九層塔炒的。怎麽吃都吃不完。忘記照相了。


我們在魚市場停留了兩個多鐘頭。在這裏停車不方便。沒有空位。買螃蟹,魚和蚌殼可能要四千塊。炒菜花了一千五吧。我半年的海鮮,今天是兩個鍾頭吃完了。

花蟹比較大,吃起來比較容易。我也能夠慢慢的學著吃。三點蟹我就沒辦法了。只有放棄。不過等到三點蟹來的時候,我們大家都吃撐了。

龜吼一行,很有意思。從台北開車來要一個鐘頭左右。我猜,週末是不能來的。以後我們有了車就可以找時間來看看。偶爾來一次還是可以的。

下次來千萬要找這個湖南姑娘。

中秋節快樂,from Taiwan,及時行樂 October 4, 2017

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今天是中秋節,我們決定進城逛逛。天陰,下雨,月亮是看不到了。出去湊湊熱鬧。報稅還沒有報完,明天再做吧。

937去圓山,捷運站邊上就有集市,人好多,反正沒事去看看。

看起來很好吃,就是不知道有沒有蒼蠅。

好像很古早。

漂亮。不貴。剛剛在家吃個飯。沒買。

小的時候到時常常看到這些零食。臺灣話叫古早。

很想吃。不過標籤上說不甜。這能夠叫吃糖嗎?

台灣知道如果包裝來吸引客人的注意力。

小孩子好高興。

愛玉,仙草。中間的我們以前叫’混尼’。

及時行樂,集食行樂。MAJI2

有道理。

這是原有的小攤子。一個十幾,二十家。今天雖然是中秋節,不過好像不忙。不過現在是下午三點。平常週末忙的沒位子。

美麗的包裝吸引人。

這裏也有賣衣服和手工藝品的。

我們看到一家專門賣啤酒的小店,進來試一試。老闆是一個外國人。他說他本來不打算開門的,沒想到今天的生意還相當好。今天是中秋節,台灣放假一天。

小店。大概十五個位置。

種類倒是不少。

$450新臺幣。

Pisa Italian restaurant, Linkou, Taiwan October 4, 2017

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台灣其實有不少外國餐廳,有些外國餐廳還不錯。林口的 Pisa 餐廳是中間的一家。

Pisa 開了大概九個月了吧。我們常常走過都不敢進去,因為我們不知道 Pisa 會做出什麽樣的 pizza 和 pasta 來。

反正是遲早會來試一試的。就今天吧。

清爽,乾淨,明亮,忙。及格了。來吧。

餐館還很新,生意相當好,小小的餐館坐滿了人。牆上的裝飾擺設也很簡單大方。幾個服務生忙來忙去。吃飯的都是年輕人,服務生也是年輕人。就我們兩個老傢伙點綴點綴。

這是二樓一上來就看得到的。

臺灣的餐館都喜歡搞套餐。客人喜歡因為東西多,價錢合理。老闆喜歡因為買的多,轉的快。客人,老闆笑嘻嘻。

菜單封面。Pizza and cheese。

選擇並不是很多。跟 pizza hut 和 Domino’s pizza 不同。

真難得他們有 risotto。這是我們兩個人都喜歡的一道意大利菜。

Pasta 看起來不錯。


微辣,

香,剛剛炸出來的,很好吃。Blue cheese 的沾醬也不錯。難道台灣有這樣的餐館。雞翅膀再大一號更好。哈哈!

Presentation can be better. 味道可以。cheese 夠多。可以再試一試其他的選擇。


這個 pizza 還是有一定的水準的。沒有用 tomato sauce 的 base 是可以表揚的。

太太叫的。不過選擇不多。可惜了。有點硬。巧克力很濃。小了點。是不是我太貪心了?

多收了百分之十的服務費。

臺灣的 Donut 長的不一樣 October 2, 2017

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長庚醫院對面的 Global Mall 有三層樓。最上面的一層是飯廳和小吃。這裏有一個 Mister Donut,可是他們的donut 長的有點奇怪,好像跟美國的 donut 不一樣。

不過仔細看來,有些 donut 長的正常。不過臺灣的 donut 好像外面的糖真多。

可惜沒吃過,不知道味道如何。

豫園小籠包, You Garden Xiaolongbao, Flushing, NYC September 29, 2017

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We flew from Linkou, Taiwan to NYC to visit our daughter and son-in-law and our son and daughter-in-law in late July, 2017. Our daughter-in-law was expecting her first child in early August and our granddaughter, Claire, 浩梅, our first, was born on August 12, 2017. 

In the following three weeks, our lives revolved around the baby and we tried to help the young father and mother as much as we could. In our spare time, we explored around Manhattan and Queens looking for good restaurants to try and good food to eat.

In early September, we rented a car from the JFK Airport and drove to Virginia to visit my siblings. After a short and busy four days in northern Virginia, we drove back to NYC and stayed in a hotel in Flushing for five days before flying back to Taiwan in mid-September, 2017.

While in Flushing, we walked around looking for restaurants to try because parking was problematic at times. 

We’ve tried food court but we didn’t like there. We’ve tried 南翔小籠包 which we like a lot. But, the one we liked the most, as far as Shanghai and/or Jiangzhe cuisine is concern, is 豫園小籠包, You Garden Dumpling House, on 40 Road. 

In fact, we liked it so much the first time, we came back the next day for lunch because there were a few dishes we just had to try before flying back to Taiwan.

Unique design of the dinning room ceiling shows the classic side of the owner. 

The Chinese writing was a poem by 張若虛  from the Tang dynasty and the name of the poem is 春江花月夜. This is how this poem begins: 春江潮水連海平,海上明月共潮生。灧灩隨波千萬里,何處春江無月明? So beautiful.

Not too nusy at 7:30 pm on a Tuesday night.

大補。

差不多有十種小菜。

真正的大湯包。

雞絲兩面黃。好吃。

特棒。醬牛肉蔥餅。

小籠包。不比鼎泰豐的差。個個抬頭挺胸。沒有一個是趴下去的。

都是湯汁。

素蒸餃。正統。

鹹豆花。頭一天晚上看到隔壁點這個菜,我們第二天中午特地來嘗一嘗。好嫩。好吃。比鹹豆漿好。

素雞是紅糟味,我不太喜歡。

韭菜盒子。

忘了告訴你。小籠包是餐館送的。每一桌都有。所以不要點小籠包。

八(除以二)寶飯。好吃。雖然只有四寶。糖漿真好。有些人吃八寶飯,怕糖太多。我則相反:叫八寶飯就不要怕糖多。就跟吃pancake一樣,maple syrup 一定要從 pancake 的四邊流下來,才行。不然別叫。吃兔子菜算了。不過八寶就該八寶。不然在菜單上寫四寶飯。

下次去再來。

Jun Shokudi, 純食堂, Brooklyn, NYC September 28, 2017

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My wife talked me into walking across the Brooklyn Bridge because she said that it was a very short and easy walk. She also said that walking was good for us. This was the first time I was on Brooklyn Bridge on foot. So, put it in the “been here, done this” category. In Chinese, we called this kind of outting “到此一遊”.

Well, Brooklyn bridge isn’t a very long bridge to walk across but I got pretty tired from one side to the other after walking 8,000 steps in lower Manhattan before reaching the entrance to the bridge.

The narrow beidge was crowded with souvenir merchants, tourists, joggers and bicycle riders. There was nothing exciting about the walk because I spent most of my time dodging bicycles, avoiding tourists who suddenly decided to turn around for whatever reason without any warning at all, stopping to wait for someone who decided to take half the bridge to take a picture of his/her travel companions and merchants who wanted to get me to buy a Statue of Liberty trincate or an Obama hat.

The senery was good but not breath taking. New York skyline was nice but I have seen it too many times. Weather was nice and the sunset was a gift.

Follow the bull makes more sense than standing in front of the bull. Toi many tourists anyway.

NYSE.

Last time I was here, 9-11 just happened a few months before.


The first thing I did in Brooklyn was looking for a place to eat because it started to get dark soon. We soon decided on a Japanese restaurant, Jun Shokudo, and have some sushi and sake for dinner.

Jun Shokudo was a cozy place in Brooklyn to have a quite dinner with your lover. Enjoy the food and the friedly service but you need to know what to order because we couldn’t get too much help with the menu from the waitress.

Subway station is only 5 minutes away.

You need to read this article September 24, 2017

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8 Myths About Sugar You Need to Stop Believing

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Give me two pounds of jelly beans, please.

Pokespot, Manhattan, NYC September 22, 2017

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We came to New York City to see our first grand child: 浩梅, who was born on 8/12/2017. We have been to New York more than a dozen times since 2000 and have enjoyed a diverse collections of food from different regions of the world every time we were here. 

This time we had “poke” for the first time and we liked it a lot. It was health, refreshing, appertizing, flavorful and simple to make. After we had it, we found out that New York has probably hundreds of poke restaurants in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Prices varied from $9 in Queens to $13 in Manhattan.

Poke is a bowl of warm rice topped with cold raw fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and toppings such as seaweed salad, sesame seeds, dry fish flakes, Japanese spices and/or aioli. Chicken and tofu are other options if you don’t like seafood. Crab meat and ells are more expansive versions of poke.

So, take your picks and enjoy. You miggt want to open one at places frequented by young men and women. A small glass of cold sake or Korean rice wine goes very well with any poke. You don’t need big space to ooen one: 800 sq ft should be big enough to start with. Keep it clean, bright, colorful, and pleasant. Hire high school kids and pay them 10% higher than minimum wage will get you started. Sell ice cream in a cone for 50 ¢ each will not only pay for the rental of the ice cream machine but also add enough revenue to help pay for the overhead too. No need of expensive kitchen equipment or exhaust fan for woks. Keep the initial investment low so that it is easier to survive the start up period.

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