Food in Rotorua

入場費超貴(對當時的我來說)的Te Puia包晚餐,吃的是傳統毛里菜(Hangi),是把雞、羊等肉類與蕃薯、薯仔、蘿蔔等蔬菜放入土坑,以慢火悶熟,工作人員即場從土坑撈起食物讓我們拍照,唔,不過百年前的傳統毛里人邊有成籮雞咁誇張,富裕的當代才有如此大量食物吧?

 

悶熟了的食物也會稍作加工,例如弄個醬汁、再煎煎等等;來到飯堂,裝潢華麗,有冷氣,仲有歌舞表演;傳統毛里人九成九是席地而坐,仰天望星咁食飯啦,不過要嬌生慣養的我們咁食,一定大叫回水,當代遊客與百年前的毛里人的價值觀、文化、思想已有太大差異,如何讓當代富裕社會,認識/體驗傳統,真是大考驗啊……

 

 

我帶了盒子,將食物塞滿盒子,諗住明天吃,同枱老外望了望,沒說什麼,我也不在意,管您老人家當我貪心也好、小偷也好,我們以後大概此世不見,而我想省錢,我需要這些食物,我也無妨礙過您老人家,各行其道。

 

不過人算總不如天算,我順利「偷運」了食物離開,平安地回到旅舍,點知打開門,見到昨夜與之聊得很愉快的兩位日本妹妹,呆呆的坐在床上,頓感不妙,我問:「怎麼了?」

她們臉有難色的說:「我們趕不上巴士,惟有改期,所以偷偷回來旅舍,諗住係到坐幾個鐘就走,你可以不告訴其他人嗎?」

我聳聳肩:「剛才我回來的時候,負責人已經離開了,啊,妳們吃過飯了?」

她們搖頭:「無,我們不能出去……出了旅舍,很難再回來。」

 

我有點後悔多口了,但眼前有飢餓的人,而我又有食物,雖然我想慳錢,但見死不救也於心不忍,我率性地打開背包,拿出那盒食物,有點不捨地遞出去,她們也真的接過了,帶開蓋子、坐在床上開吃了,我想她們真的餓了……

 

 

The expensive (for me at that time) Te Puia included dinner in a traditional Hangi maori cooking. The staff would put meat (chicken and sheep) and veges (sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrot) into a deep pit and slow cooking. They would pull up the food in front of the tourists too.

Um, did the maori people really have that MUCH food 100 years ago?

 

The cooked food would be processed a bit with saucing. The dining hall is beautiful furnished with air-conditioning and even a live performance!

I thought the Maori people were sitting on the ground without AIR-CONDITIONING and looking up the stars when they having dinner 100 years ago??

But the contemporary tourists like us were spoiled. Our values and culture are too different with the Maori people. It IS a great challenge to introduce Maori to the modern rich tourists…

 

I brought my own food box and stuffed with food I got from the buffet dinner for my breakfast tomorrow. The western tourist who sat beside me looked at me but did not say anything. I did not care what he thought. I didn’t think we would meet each other again in this life so it really didn’t matter if your highness think I am greedy or a thief. I did not brother you and I want to save money and I need the food.

 

But life always surprised us. I "smuggled" the food and back to the hostel sound and safe. But something went wrong when I opened my room’s door. Those 2 girls from Japan, who I had a nice talk last night, sitting quietly on their bed.

I asked, "What's the matter?"

They said embarrassingly, "We can’t catch the bus so we bought another bus ticket in midnight tonight. We went back to the hostel and will just stay here for a few hours before the bus. Please don’t tell anyone that we are here."

I shrugged: "The staff had left when I got back. Ah, are you hungry?"

They shook their heads: "We didn’t have dinner yet. It’s hard to come back if we go to the supermarket to buy food."

 

I was regret I had asked too much. But there are hungry people and I have food. Although I want to save money but they need the food more than me NOW. I opened my bag, took out of the food box and gave them with a bit reluctant. They received and started to eat. I think they are really hungry…

所以我第二朝無早餐食,要花自己的錢買早餐食……

唉,如果我有車就好啦,可以帶一大堆食材,自己煮嚟食,又食又靚……

我~要~學~開~車~啦~!!!

 

 

So I have to spend my own money to buy some breakfast in the next day.

Sigh, I would buy lots of food if I had a car. I can cook my own breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cheap and delicious…

I~have~to~learn~to~drive~!!!