A week of multicultural yums

Posted to Facebook yesterday: Today real Xi’an street food at Taste of Xi’an Wollongong, yesterday lamb chops at City Diggers, last Sat halal Lebanese at Samara’s. Go Oz! Not all is bad here, eh! A friend, Matthew da Silva in Sydney responded: On Thursday had Egyptian for lunch in Enmore, yesterday had Korean for dinner in the CBD and today had Thai for lunch in Newtown.

Yums indeed! See also Taste of Xi’an Wollongong, and Munching against the fear of “the other”….

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Xi’an roujiamo

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Steamed lamb broth

My roujiamo and broth totalled just $14.50! Again, yum!

Ten years ago: Lord Malcolm

So hard to believe this is so long ago!

Final Lord Malcolm reports: Malcolm Gordon Gleeson, died 1 June 2007

01 JUNE 2007

See the special page in Malcolm’s honour.

Monday 28 May

His beloved Swannies won at the weekend at least. I told Sirdan I would check in this afternoon and Lord M was less cyanosed: the blue lips were more or less back to normal. His half-brother in Tassie has been in touch and a last bit of organising Lord M is doing as far as he can is to enable his half-brother to come to Sydney for the funeral. Lord M was on the phone about that this afternoon. He told the friend he was talking to to come in ASAP as every minute now was that much nearer the end. “If I can stay alive overnight — and that’s the hard bit — I’ll fix that tomorrow,” Lord M said. “Then I can go peacefully.”

I said as I left, “See you again, if the gods permit.” I put a smile on his face by telling a story about my mother. Years ago we were seeing the Picton great-uncles off the planet at rather regular two year intervals. One was left. My mother, slightly the better for sherry at the time, said, “OK, Uncle. See you in two years.” “You might see me girl, but I won’t be seeing you,” he replied with a bit of a twinkle in the old eye. My mother was a touch embarrassed.

See a blessing for Malcolm.

Later

I had quite an amazing conversation with M about all this…

Tuesday morning 29 May

Phone conversation. He’s still hanging on. Compare Sunday, May 29, 2005.

Thursday 31 May

I have just come from the hospice. His ship is about to leave, it seems… He was conscious of my visit, and I am told his half-brother came to see him Tuesday. He couldn’t talk though as he is only just breathing. The hospice will ring when the time comes.

Mind you, he looked worse on Sunday, but then, as I said to Sirdan, on Sunday he looked worse than my mother did after she had died.

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Sirdan, The Empress and I met at The Shift this evening to talk about arrangements. Sirdan had spent several hours with Lord M this afternoon, together with another friend from Lord M’s flying and music lives.

Now to watch Air Australia on ABC, in Lord M’s honour, so to speak.

As you now know, I was right to think that would be the last time I was to see Malcolm…

Notice of memorial service

02 JUNE 2007

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aids_ribbon.gifA Memorial Service for the Late Malcolm Gordon Gleeson will be held in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart Hospice, Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst Friday, 29th June 2007, commencing at 11:00am. It is a red ribbon occasion.

All who wish to celebrate his life are welcome to attend.

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If you have not yet done so, do visit the tribute to Malcolm.

The first two weeks after 1 June 2007

The Empress and I have approved the beautiful order of service prepared by Dorothy McRae-McMahon. People who wish to may bring some object they associate with Malcolm, as there will be a space in the service for the receiving of such objects.

A poem read at the actual funeral last week will be read again.

UPDATES

15 June 2007

Today I went possibly for the last time to Malcolm’s place for the great CD and book clearance: possibly 1,000 books. Peter from 2MBS-FM was great; not so great was that only one lift in The Northcott — do read that — was working. Still, with a shopping trolley and a proper trolley we managed to get them all down from the third floor and into the van.

One odd coincidence is what was already in the van: Marcellous’s books!

I brought home a bag of items for the Bangarra Dance Theatre archives; yes he had a connection there too!

I found a great picture of Malcolm as a young sailor. He was very handsome.

I also found a small book of quotations in English and German, written by Malcolm. Here is one surprising one.

If you love without evoking love in return — that is, if your loving as loving does not produce a reciprocal love; if through a living expression of yourself as a loving person you do not make yourself a loved person, then your love is impotent — a misfortune.

— Karl Marx, 1844 Manuscripts

18-19 June

The Empress has finished with Malcolm’s flat now. He and I have a few formalities to do, then that’s it until the Memorial Service.

Today I had a nice letter from an old aunt of Malcolm in Tasmania.

I see Sirdan has just been reading this in South Africa. See his comment on the guest book.

20 June

You will see I have created a page for the Memorial Service. It is simply the text of that service. I have sent a copy to the aunt in Tasmania.

There is a lovely comment just appeared from Norma, one of Malcolm’s colleagues in the NGO NorthAids: see the tribute page.

21 June

Sirdan returned to Sydney this afternoon from South Africa.

28 June

It seems I will be voicing others during the service. I am of course reading what Malcolm said of himself, as on the tribute page. That was not read at the actual funeral, and Malcolm wanted it read at the memorial service. I also received another letter and a poem from his Aunty Joy in Tasmania. She was glad to receive the documents I sent her. It turns out too that she knows Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s brother!

This entry is now archived to its beginning date. The order of service has now been unlocked. It will be expanded after the event.

Taste of Xi’an Wollongong

No web page or Facebook yet for this excellent addition to Wollongong’s eateries, though I note Edmund Rice College has already organised an excursion to it.

As part of their study of Chinese, Years 11 and 12 students are invited to experience an authentic Chinese meal of Rice Noodles (Liang Pi) at ‘Taste of Xi’an’ Restaurant in Wollongong…

 Students will order their own meal (in Chinese) and should bring $20.00 (approximately) with them to cover the cost of their meal…

That would well cover it. When Chris T and I road-tested Taste of Xi’an on Saturday this was my meal:

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Even the cash register is authentic!

We often forget that there is a great variety in Chinese cuisine. At Taste of Xi’an there was not a grain of rice to be seen in either meal we ordered. On the variety of Chinese cuisine — until recent years hard to be observed in Sydney (or Wollongong) see Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part One and Local Knowledge: Sydney’s Best Regional Chinese Food, Part Two. The small but select menu at Taste of Xi’an features Shaanxi cuisine.

In China, Shaanxi cuisine is known for two rather distinct reasons. The first is the impressive use of usually unpopular ingredients like camel, mutton and bitter gourd; the other reason is the area’s snacks. Unsurprisingly, it’s the latter that’s come to Sydney. Pretty much all the Shaanxi or Xian (the capital of the region) restaurants in Sydney specialise in roujiamo (a doughy Chinese pita bread burger stuffed with fatty shredded pork), and liangpi (handmade cold noodles most often served with chilli oil, bean sprouts, cucumber and MSG). They’re usually eaten together along with an Ice Peak, a local Fanta-like soft drink.

And in somewhat eccentric English this blog informs us that Xi Jinping’s favourite food is from his native Shaanxi.

According to reports, when Xi Jinping Chairman Lien Chan and his wife entertained, there Seder steamed mutton, Hamburger, biang biang surface, Liang Pi , which steamed mutton, Hamburger, biangbiang surface is made ​​by a chef in Beijing…

Here are the “burger” and a couple of other Shaanxi dishes similar to Taste of Xi’an’s offerings.

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Recycled: pictures from seven years ago

Selected from Monthly Archives: April 2010.

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There are near the Devonshire Street entrance to Central Station busts – not all that good either, I’m afraid – of various heroes of the Latin American communities. I have noticed that every now and again a head gets knocked off, but usually reappears fairly quickly.

Just after Anzac Day I say that the Uraguayan national hero José Gervasio Artigas Arnal (June 19, 1764 – September 23, 1850) had disappeared but had been replaced by a somewhat altered Aussie Digger.

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Belmore Park

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Central Station

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Sunday lunches at The Chinese Whisper in Surry Hills

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Sydney skyline from Rosebery

Ian

As I mentioned on Facebook, my brother Ian is at the moment in hospital in Devonport, having become severely run down in recent months. Thanks to all the relatives and friends who responded on Facebook.

I am reposting these from 2014:

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Ian in Surry Hills, April 2010

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Late 1930s-1940. Auburn Street Sutherland?

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Auburn Street Sutherland – during World War II

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Wedding day 1955 – Vermont Street, Sutherland. Ian is on the right.