Panels 1 and 2
Mum is washing some vegetables. James is on the couch.
Mum: “Ba Ba, we are running low on veggies, are we getting some soon?”
James: “I’m getting a delivery from our local fruit and veg shop in the afternoon.”
Mum: “Oh, I didn’t know that the local shop does delivery now... Guess moving online is pretty crucial for keeping the business going in these Covid times.
“One of the Chinese restuarants we like to visit has switched to selling dumplings online, and it sounds like they’re doing pretty well!”
James: “Oh really? That’s a smart move.”
Many thoughts are running through James’s head. “For all its downsides, the online world can be pretty wonderful!” he thinks.
Mum is choosing a recipe on her phone. This causes excitement in the household.
Shall we try to make this recipe together?” she asks.
Kei Kei: “Oooh yum, I love lo mai gai! Will it taste like it’s made in a restaurant?”
Mum: “Why, of course it will, your mum is the best cook in the house! As good as Nadia Lim!”
Kei Kei: “Wow!”
James: “Haha yes sure. Well, if it ends up yummy we will forget about the other time you try to make a cha siu bao!”
Mum: “Hey, that’s not fair. I was simply following Aunty Choi’s recipe! Maybe I was just a little too generous when I added ‘a pinch of salt’ and ‘a handful of baking powder’.”
Panels 7 and 8
James grabs a jar from the pantry.
James: “Kei Kei, you know what would go really well with lo mai gai?”
He opens the jar.
“Chan pei hung dau saa!” he says. “We use this homemade chan pei in the red bean soup[GG2] .”
Kei Kei looks on in awe at the contents of the jar.