My traveling mate had an upset tummy so I was content to head down to the hotel restaurant to have an evening snack on my own. I had enjoyed some popcorn while I finished my latest book so I had not been hungry at the dinner hour, but I sure was at 8 o’clock on a Saturday night. Besides, the rest of the world was together, eating and having some fun. Just because I was alone, why couldn’t I? Drat, the restaurant had expectantly closed early for the evening.
I had driven by the Riverview Restaurant many times on my way to and from, the Thompson airport. Their location perched on the river bank must be gorgeous in the summer, as it cozy and picturesque in winter. I knew that they had a Chinese menu and I was really craving a feed of stir fried veggies. I called to place a delivery order and they indicated that I should call their downtown Riverview Express location. Undeterred and getting really hungry, I consulted their on line menu and placed my order.
I poured myself a glass of wine and was thinking about changing into my jammies, when there was a knock on my hotel room door. The lovely lady who took my phone order had already arrived with my supper-happy days!
This was the first time that I had ever had Chinese food delivered in those little cardboard containers with the wire handle on top. Ever since I saw Rorie & Lorelai on the Gilmore Girls, eating right out of the box with chopsticks, I have wanted to do the same. I did not have any chopsticks, but I felt all witty and thinking very intelligent thoughts, but then when I started talking really fast, I decided to get a plate.
I am really hooked on curried vermicelli noodles ever since my brother-in-law introduced them to me, so that was a must have. Their House Special noodles were soft and fluffy and were studded with sticks of carrot, slivers of pork, and pink shrimp which still had their tails on. The curry was mild and appreciated as such, because I had already enjoyed a curry dish that day. I was tempted, but resisted, adding salt or soya.
For my veggie fix, I chose Tai Dop Woey (which I understand means 8 vegetables). Now let me see…celery, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, mushrooms. I can only remember six. But I am not going to be a stickler for details because they tasted so fresh and crunchy that my body was thanking me for remembering all the vital food groups. The sauce that coated them was very light. Hhmm, the noodles needed some oomph and the veggies needed some more flavour. Ta da, I ate one layered on top of the other and the combination was perfect.
You see taste is all relative-I was hungry and alone and the pleasure of the food kept me company.
Kath’s quote: “The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. ‘I am not alone and unacknowledged.’ They nod to me and I to them.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson