“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





22 December 2015


Yiu Lai Shuk, usually called Grandma , is my dear and always merry friend. She holds my hand and just squeezes and squeezes and won't let go. She'll be 100 years of age on the fourth day of the Chinese New Year. That's not far off. She had a bit of a stroke yesterday, but is happy and well in Flinders Medical Centre. 

If you have any wishing energy units left, hurl 'em Grandma's way.

Those Adelaiders lucky enough to recall dining in the original T-Chow on the corner of Market Street 25 years ago will remember Dora and Gigi, Grandma's daughter and grand-daughter, who ran the show with Chef So and Chef Singlet No. 2.

When they brought their regional Chinese cuisine to Adelaide, these wonderful people blew our minds delivering brilliant fresh food true to their teochew 潮州菜 roots at deliciously low prices.

These folks changed Adelaide's attitude to gastronomy.

After a few years of only average food, the big T-Chow in Moonta Street Chinatown is back in its straps and fangin' in the top tucker division.

Raise a goodly glass to Grandma.

I'm shivering keen to have my knees under the table at her  hundredth. She rocks. 

Vibe her on, good brethren. 

Gigi took that photo of her partner Chis Sykes, master chocolatier, with Lai Shuk and the author. 

'Twas a good night well-had by experts. More please.

POSTSCRIPT: It worked! Lai Shuk is now home and happy for Exmess, and wondering what the hell happened. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice one Big W
Always one the money :)