24) Unfolding my kitchen cabinet

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Once again, I am talking about the old days and my sweet and sour story.  I beg your pardon for the continuation of this part two of my old house kitchen.

 Back to the olden days again, to own a refrigerator is like owning an expensive continental car.  We have a special cabinet designed to store the unconsumed balance foods for the next day as foods are precious and we can’t afford to throw it away.

 The design allows air ventilation so that food will not turn foul easily in this humid climate.  The netting also keeps away flies and other insects for sharing the food.  The legs were supported with bowls filled up with water sprinkled with kerosene or salts to deter ants from entering the food cabinet.

Well, some ants still managed to swim over to the flourish land in exchange with some number of drowning incidents!

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Some of the cabinet compartments came without doors for storage of bowls and plates etc.  It’s is easy to pick up whatever you want just at a glance!

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Offering prayers to stove god, Vesta is also quite a tradition among the Cantonese here.  The altar is always placed on the ground in the kitchen area.  It is believed that the stove god will protect the owner and ocuupants of the house to have a full stomach throughout the year and guard the kitchen in a safe condition.

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37 thoughts on “24) Unfolding my kitchen cabinet

    Our Adventure in Croatia said:
    January 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

    very intersting

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

      I thank you on behalf of the kitchen cabinet!
      Have a great day! 🙂

    Life&Ink said:
    January 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Always an education when I visit you Sydney. I like that! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Better than the real Sydney right?
      Haha! Have a great and peaceful weekend!

    samuel13208 said:
    January 20, 2013 at 2:26 am

    I like the design of the cabinet shelves. I put this design on the top shelf of our bookcase. Yes, those ants are persistent little creatures. We have to take measures here also.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Samuel! For those days having open shelve, I believe is to do with the materials costs.
      But now, simplicity talk. For ants, to me they are the respectable group and of course the intelligent too. 🙂

    The Sicilian Housewife said:
    January 20, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Fascinating!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks! Lately I just thought about you!
      I hope not too late to wish you well and healthy in 2013! 🙂

    Angeline M said:
    January 20, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Interesting that the Cantonese pay homage to Vesta, a Roman goddess. But if she can protect your kitchen, why not? Especially if she can protect against ants in the kitchen….I hate that!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Just a side story, My doggy Cougar love ants too! His past life was an ants eater! 🙂

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    January 20, 2013 at 4:30 am

    I love this story of the kitchen cabinet, Sydney. It explains, in part, the way the Chinese cook!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks, Cathy! I hope you enjoy what I wrote, I got so much more to pick up from you!
      Please wait for me! 🙂

    ShimonZ said:
    January 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Very interesting. Maybe the ants did get across the bowls when the water inside them dried… and you forgot to replenish the water or kerosene. Such bowls always worked for me.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Or may be they sacrifice themselves by finish off all the water or kerosene for the troops to cross over! 🙂

    lilyboat said:
    January 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

    oh hehe.. i see those red clogs! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Oops! You spot it! But that is not mine! I captured those pictures in Chinatown Heritage Center.
      Haha! You got a pair of sharp eyes!

    Grndma Chris said:
    January 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

    That was a very nice post, you are always so full of knowledge and learning about your culture is really fascinating.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I am not as knowledgeable as a professor, but I try to shared with the world what I know and how I look at things.
      Thanks for your compliments, you really make my day ( although my day left 3 hours)! Cheers!

    guttermutt said:
    January 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I love stories about the “olden” days. They were truly the “golden” days. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I like the way you name it “golden days:, that was the days I was protected by two angels.

    Melia Alexander said:
    January 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing your “olden” days — it’s a beautiful reminder to be grateful for all we have, including our precious memories!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      Yes, it can’t erase from my book!
      Thanks, Melia! Thanks for reading and listen to my sweet and the sour!

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Great memories!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Rexlin! Hug! Hug! 🙂

    CK said:
    January 20, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I remember this I remember this, we used to have one at my old house. 😛

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      That means you are old enough for the story sharing!
      Thanks CK! Wish you smooth and peace in the coming new week! 🙂

    ukgardenfiend said:
    January 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    My grandmother also had a cabinet with netting for food and a larder also – which was just a part of the house that had a small netted window to keep food cool.
    Your kitchen god sounds very like a Roman kitchen god – they had gods for every area of the kitchen…..
    Thanks again for reading and liking my blog 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

      I believe we are having the same kitchen god, is just like we are having the same language.
      I also thank you for thank you me! Haha! Let’s cheers!

    Steve Osborne said:
    January 21, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful corner of the house.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Thanks, Steve! You are always welcome to my house!

        Steve Osborne said:
        January 21, 2013 at 1:32 am

        Thank you, that’s a very nice comment. I’m sure your house is beautiful and full of serenity.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 21, 2013 at 1:52 am

        Haha! Not exactly, with Cougar around, how can live in peace? 🙂

    keiththegreen said:
    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Sydney, did your parents ever tell you the story, about how the first ants would drown, so the following ants could use them to cross the water? I always thought my parents were pulling my leg, but these days I wonder.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I had never heard that before!
      But what i was told they managed to learn scuba diving from somewhere and reach the island across the ocean!
      That is incredible ! 🙂

    ladysighs said:
    January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Those old cabinets are beautiful. I think I saw something like them in an antique shop.
    Worth hundreds of $. Maybe thousands. lol
    But of course priceless in our memories. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, yes! You are speaking on behalf of them! Is priceless!
      Those picture was taken at Chinatown Heritage Center.
      If I have one I will not sell it too! 🙂

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