No more school for another month, yay!  Finally, this semester was over.  I felt so exhausted this week trying to wrap up exams, presentations and papers stuff.  I didn’t really feel like cooking after I finished my class on Saturday.  I went to the Chinese grocery store and got a bunch of ready-made food for dinner.  I got half a roast duck and half a soy sauce chicken.  I had never made soy sauce chicken before, but I know it is a labor intensive dish.  I’ll be standing by the stove and rotating the chicken in a wok with soy sauce every few minutes until the whole chicken is fully cooked and got a nice dark soy sauce color, that’s like an hour or so.  No, thank you.  If I don’t have school, I may have more time and energy to cook something like this. For now, I’ll stick with something that can be done in 30 mins or so.  It’s great that I can get ready-made food like soy sauce chicken, roast duck and some other goodies from the store.  They are very yummy.  You can buy half or a whole thing, or even get a combo lunch box served with rice.  My favorite is roast duck and steamed chicken combo lunch box.  Most Chinese love these.  But to the Americans or non-Chinese, they may not appreciate as much because the chickens or ducks are sold with bones.  You know, most meat dishes served in America are boneless.  There is no way anyone can eat these with a fork or knife.  Besides, they may not feel comfortable or polite to pull a piece of bone from their mouth.  This was not how they were taught for table manner. They separate any bones first on the plate before eating the meat.  I never realized this until my coworker felt so embarrassed when he ate a piece of meat with a small bone, and he didn’t know what to do with the bone in his mouth.  LOL.  Stupid somehow, but it did tell a lot about the difference in cultures.

Half a soy sauce chicken

Half a soy sauce chicken

Half a roast duck

Half a roast duck

Roast Duck and Soy Sauce Chicken Combo with Rice

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