“ 马马虎虎 [Mǎmǎhūhū],” muttered to himself Yongsheng, a Chinese businessman, who came to London from Beijing for a few days for a meeting about the economic security of the engineering company where he had been working all his life and which had branches all over the world. This expression meant in English something like “neither fish nor fowl.” It was his second day and Yongshen was hungry because he could not get used to European food and Chinese restaurants he visited left much to be desired. The food supplies he took from the house almost ended and he was counting days until his homecoming when his colleagues invited him to spend the dinner all together in one of the Chinese restaurants in Soho. Despite the fact that he lived almost around the corner he reluctantly accepted the invitation, knowing that he had to eat tasteless food again and also did not want to seem like a bore and a homebody.
Finally, he entered the Yauatcha restaurant with a sour face.
“Why the long face, Yongsheng? ”, asked Jeremy, his close fellow from the financial department who was a life of the party and everybody loved that about him.
“Heredity”, he mumbled trying to make a happy face, “Time zone difference…still trying to adjust to a new daily routine.”
The company of approximately eight business partners was sitting at a round table, everybody was chatting happily about upcoming events and waiting for the meal.
Yongsheng looked around: the design was made in oriental style and reminded high-end restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong.
“They try to look authentic but in reality, everything is only a pathetic excuse for areal Chinese cuisine: the quality of the food and the service will not be similar anyway”, he thought sarcastically.
The first meal which was served was dim sums.
“Our restaurant is famous for Cantonese food and especially we specialize in dim sum making,” said the waiter which face reminded north areas of China, “Enjoy.”
Yongsheng made a decision that he would try only a small piece since he was as hungry as a wolf. As soon as he put an appetizing slice of dim sum with shrimps and pork in his mouth, he seemed to have moved to those early years of his childhood, when he was sitting on the porch of his grandparent’s house, in Duoyishu village in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and was eating his favorite childhood meal – his grandmother’s dim sums…Grandmother was cradling his head softly and all around was an unforgettable view of the rice fields, where his grandfather worked all his life…And at this time the waiter with a happy face was already carrying the second course – the Lobster with noddles…
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