This is what we eat

when Mom comes to town.


(I’m not sure why she’s using this pan to brown the duck, since there were definitely bigger, more appropriately sized ones.)

At the enormous supermarket in Brooklyn’s Chinatown, my mom saw a bin heaped with unidentifiable dirt-colored nuggets and watched as a woman filled a bag with them. Ever curious, she questioned the stranger as to what they were and what one does with them. She didn’t catch the name (which the woman could only report in Cantonese), but she found out that they’re not so unlike a cross between potatoes and water chestnuts. And when she sauteed them (and combined them with carrots, black fungus, and pig intestines), that’s what they tasted like. If you happen to know what they might be, please tell us.

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3 Responses to “This is what we eat”


  1. 1 Evan March 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

    http://www.syscoedmonton.ca/produce.cfm?id=3618

    Could it be these?

    My Cantonese parents cook it every Chinese New Year with Chinese bacon.

  2. 2 winyang March 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Sure sounds like it. Thanks!

  3. 3 Gypsee Lee March 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

    It’s Chinese Arrowroot! I’m currently working on a collection of Cantonese home cooking recipes and it took me a while to figure it out! We usually cook them with Chinese celery and Chinese bacon around the New Year.


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