Jing Fong Restaurant By abby beckler, history 8A Brooks

Terms to know:

  • Dao - the way. But no one can explain the way.
  • Unmanifest dao - no one can know it or describe it. Once it is described, it is not the unmanifest dao but the manifest dao
  • Manifest dao -The part of the Dao that we know/can comprehend. The part that we can sense
  • Wu wei - going with the flow.

For my living color experience, I went to the Jing Fong restaurant for dim sum. At the start of the meal, they gave us a teapot and some small cups for tea. Before the experience started, we had all read the guidelines about tea pouring and drinking so everybody got along fine. After the tea, people pushing carts of food came by at various times. Each time a new cart would come by, the people at my table would decide what they wanted to try, and they would take it off the carts. After we had the food, the waiter would take a piece of paper off the table and stamp the size of the portion of food we had taken, and left. We tried everything from pork buns to chicken feet, both of which I had never tried before, and they turned out to be quite good.

Like the practice of Daoism, dim sum is also all about going with the flow. The term wu wei describes dim sum because there is no fixed menu. The food you get is the food that comes around, and if there is something that you wanted, then go with the flow and just maybe you'll get it. Only two tables got chicken feet, and only one table got a bowl of apricot jelly for dessert, and so on. Another reference to Daoism is that like the manifest dao versus the unmanifest dao, the senses can be tricked. What we see that looks like a carrot might not be a carrot, but in fact a pastry shaped to look like a carrot.

Leyli Granmyeth

A future 8th grader should definitely choose this experience because it is both educational and fun. Because there are so many people who choose this as their experience, even if you don't plan to do it with a friend, it is almost guaranteed that you will have a friend there to sit with and even if you don't, maybe you'll meet someone new. The educational aspect of this experience is that you learn about the Chinese culture and customs through their food.

Yuvan Das

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