Sometimes when we’re bored, we just want to flee our culture and become something else. I suppose I’m not ever going to own a rectangular knife like Sally’s or become a native chopstick user, but I do get to sit before a table of steaming novelties: rice that has turned magenta and smells earthy like steeped black tea, fish that was Sally’s childhood staple in Beijing, and mustard and broccoli — in leaf form.
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