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Photos by MJ Klein

I’ve been attending Chinese classes at NCTU in Hsinchu.  Recently some of my classmates asked me if I would mind taking them to a place for some good Thai food.  They picked the right person to ask!  A group (which shall remain anonymous in order to protect their academic career) went with me in my car, another in a taxi following, and 2 other friends met us there.  It was an evening to remember!

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This was the scene at (what used to be called) “The Blue Sky” (more on this in another article).  Against the wall from L to R is Michael Cannon and Michael Turton.

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The food was slow coming from the kitchen but that gave everyone more time to talk and get to know each other.

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In the foreground is Sang Som and CC Lemon.  Yes, these young students were corrupted with the famous Thai liquor.

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This is one of 2 food photos I got.  In all honesty, I was too slow to get any more – the food was gone by the time I got around to picking up the camera.  This is “krapau” a famous Thai staple of hot peppers, garlic and basil.

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This is the famous Thai soup “tom yum” and it was delicious.

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Michael Turton had the students captivated with stories about Taiwan.

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This used to be a pork (or was it beef?) Thai style salad.  It sure was good.

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After the food was gone we went to another place for drinks.  I wanted to show the students another famous Thai restaurant in Hukou:

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Shao-hui’s!  We cranked up the karaoke machine.

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With shrimp cakes on the table alongside songbooks, a few brave souls demonstrated considerable ability with a microphone.

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We had just enough food, booze and singing to call it a night.  It was a night to remember….

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  5. MJ, looks like a fun night to me and glad the Thai food was good , it’s always good when the place we recommend does a good job with the food and everyone enjoys themselves. And what would a night out be with out karakoe, enough said ha ha . Malcolm
    .-= malcolm´s last blog ..MONKEY TOLL ROAD =-.

    1. hi Malcolm. yes, the Thai food was very good and just what the guests were looking for. no one drank too much – everything was in moderation and that’s the best way to enjoy things, IMO. the karaoke was unexpected and we sort of fell into doing some songs together. it was fun! thanks Malcolm and take care.

  6. Haha. This was a fun night. Thanks again for taking us to the industrial outskirts of Hsinchu. The food was great. And it was interesting meeting some of the old Taiwan hands.
    We should do something like this again, soon.
    Cheers,
    Jeroen

  7. The restaurant looks plastic but the food fantastic and oh what a night….A lot of the students look young but what a grounding they are getting culturally in the delights of Asia.

    The impact both short term and long that living in a far different culture must have on such young minds is one which I wish I had sampled during my youth. I’m sure my cynicism and self doubt would never have surfaced amongst such refreshing and culturally different surroundings. Sorry if I’m sounding a little green and jealous.

    Fate is fate and then you grow old. Luck is luck but…. “Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”

  8. Hey MJ, you all look like your having a great time…however..your missing the girls!!! Where are all the women????? Or did you all leave them home on purpose? hmmmmmmmmmmm…well in any case, your evening was fun and enjoyable to read about, wish I could have been there.

    Big hugz
    Danielle

    1. hi Danielle. it would have been nice to have you there to raise the female population index, lol, but it was fun night out for the students in the Chinese language class. you know me and i’m not on the prowl; plus my girl was there so i wasn’t worried about any others not being there. maybe next time we can have a more balanced gathering. thanks.

  9. I loved seeing your pictures, especially ones with MC and Peichi. MC sent me your website address when he let me know about your trip the end of this month. Sounds like a fantastic trip. May add some more grey to my hair which I blame on him, it cannot be my getting older. If you have not guessed I am MC’s mother in the U.S.

    1. hi Carolyn, and welcome to our blog. it was a fun night! we’ll be documenting our trip to Thailand and Laos so be sure to check back with us. nice to have you in our comments section. take care.

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