08 January 2009

Daily Conundrum 每天的困惑

Every weekday at roughly the same time, when the Hong Kong market is about to take its mid-day break, a recurring question pops into my head and gives me an instant migraine. Tackling this question requires creativity and the ability to work through an intricate matrix of parameters: timing, budget, location, weather and mood. It has nothing to do with finance, accounting or the law. It’s the eternal question of what’s for lunch.



To most worker bees, lunch is a welcome break in an otherwise never-ending day and a source of relaxation or gastronomical indulgence. To this picky eater, however, the mere mention of the word makes his head throb. Every day at the dreaded lunch hour, I find myself out of options and out of time.


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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.



13 comments:

  1. http://www.alivenotdead.com/quentinlee

    Blogged about your blog on mine...

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  2. Great post, Jason! Oh dear, I feel a Douglas Adams quote coming on:

    'The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question "How can we eat?", the second by the question "Why do we eat?", and the third by the question "Where shall we have lunch?"'

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  3. May be I am the lucky one as my father will prepare a lunch box for me everyday, thanks him very much. Then my working area is a red brick building that there has a wide corridor, my colleagues place a table and chairs that we can sit here and enjoy the lunch. We can eat with green trees and squirrels. Sometimes we read newspapers here or gossips here or for small groups meeting. Sometimes I will go out for lunch (farewell)as from my office to Hopewell centre by taxi is $18 for afternoon tea(Chinese restaurant).

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  4. Perhaps if the sandwiches were properly made with crispy leaves and fresh tomatoes untampered by the idiot who has the temerity to ask if you like your vegi sandwich grilled, so that everything becomes soggy - if only they could toss a good salad, then perhaps your daily lunch menu could be diversified.

    I too like Cafe de Carol, nothing beats MSG and preservatives served with coerced friendliness.

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  5. Thanks, Quentin. Honored by the honorary mention!

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  6. Agree.. I also work in Central and most of the time I just get a lunch box to eat at my desk because I don't want to deal with the crowds.

    I like Cafe de Coral too, cheap and filling and QUICK. Most of the Chinese cha chan teng can do a quick takeout that you can eat in the park or at the office. I found that this way is much more soothing than elbowing strangers and fighting for a seat every lunchtime..

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  7. uh...'mysterious bread and wine bar' is Simply Food, which is the exact same thing as Canteen just a bit more expensive. They have one in Citibank tower.

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  8. Yeah the glitz definitely has nothing on me anymore, especially having worked here for a year now. I prefer cha chan tengs, cafe de coral, etc, especially when you can kind of get the same thing for much less than what it would cost at 360 or citisuper. I hate feeling like I'm being ripped off by these hyped up, so-called "high end" eateries. The one "high end" entery I wouldn't mind is the Canteen. The price of a pork chop rice there is similar to what it would cost at Cafe de Coral. But I didn't know they were tearing it down for something else!! Those bastards.

    Try getting out of your office earlier, and you'd be able to eat your lunch before the crowd arrives.

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  9. Thank God I am not working at IFC ! :-)
    You didn't mention the lift changes after certain floors !

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  10. wow. i think the same things everyday. i work in ifc2 as well. good to know im not the only one thinking the lifts are jammed and QUIET. and standing in the lobby thinking "what should i eat today, okay, same thing i ate yday."

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  11. I admit, when it's LUNCH time in Hong Kong, it's LUNCH TIME! As if all the companies lets out all their employees at the same time! It's hard finding a place to eat, with tables and chairs and FOOD. Even the elevators, I have to agree... it's all FULL.

    At times, I have seen people bringing their own food or they do I do at times - order in. People go down, food comes up. :P

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  12. Thanks for all your comments, Sonic. Please keep reading and tell your friends to do the same.

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  13. really amusing esp read around lunch hours ;). Another million $ question, which you might want to make your Part II, is what to wear! That question bugs me at least half an hour every morning!

    Haley

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