My new favorite proverb comes from China: “Never hit a dog with a meat-bun.”
The saying indicates that punishment with a reward is doomed for failure, and that one must be careful when choosing how to solve problems.
A traditional Chinese place setting includes the following items:
- warm, damp towels (instead of napkins)
Chinese aphrodisiac foods (the kind that make your heart go pitter-patter) include:
- shark fin
- swallow nest
- tiger bones
- hundred-year-old eggs
What are hundred-year-old eggs? Why duck eggs that have been preserved about three months:
[…the eggs] are enclosed in a coating made of lime, mud, saltpetre, fragrant herbs and rice straw […] They can be eaten after the third month, but their smell grows stronger with age. When they are broken out of their covering, the eggs are black and shiny.
I hope you have a most wonderful Friday!