[幼教老師玩外文]#124 Fried Rice & Marinara
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Fried Rice & Marinara– by Mike Yam
Illustrated by Laura Dong
小Mikey Yam 快四歲了，他在煩惱生日派對上要吃但什麼食物！生日派是很有趣的：朋友、家人、遊戲、禮物，當然還有食物！但是如果你的家人來自兩種不同的文化時，你會在生日聚會上提供什麼類型的食物？小Mikey Yam的媽媽是義大利人，爸爸是香港人，他很煩惱要選義大利菜還是中國菜。
Young Mikey Yam danced to his front door.
“Mom, do you know I’m about to turn FOUR?”
“All of my friends will come over and play, then come over and play, then piles of presents will fill our driveway.”
“We’ll have a huge cake and buddies will say, ‘Your party was perfect. Hip, hip, hooray!’”
Mikey’s mom smiled as he finished his speech.
“Your plan is fantastic, my sweet little peach, but no celebration is ever complete, until you’ve decided what you want to EAT!!”
Her statement stopped him dead in his tracks.
“Food! Of course! Every party needs snacks.”
“Well, pizza is something that everyone loves, but tacos fit in your hand like a glove.
Burgers and hot dogs are easy to eat, but port and fried rice is such a nice treat.”
He needed a guru – a trusted grub guide.
“Maybe my grannies can help me decide!”
“What food did you have for your birthday, Bahboo?”
“In Hong Kong, Chinese food is all that we knew.”
“Nonna, do you know what food you would choose?”
“My roots are Italian, so pasta can’t lose!”
Chinese or Italian? Both are delicious.
He remembered his cousins’ birthday dishes.
For the twins, rice and spice on their special day,
While Joe had lasagna.
He ate a whole tray!
Mikey was stuck – not sure what to do.
He couldn’t decide between the two.
Ravioli or Dumplings?
Linguine or Lo Mein?
All of these options were hurting his brain.
Facaccia, burrata, caprese, risotto.
Dim sum or wontons or noodles and shrimp roe.
His mind was a jumble of possible choices.
He heard both sides of his family’s voices.
He rushed to the park to get out of his head.
His best friend, Sophia, found him and said,
“Are you ok, Mikey? Why so much sorrow?”
“I can’t pick a dish and my party’s tomorrow.”
“Your mom is Italian, your dad is Chinese – you’re free to choose food as unique as you please. Why not have both? Is that too outrageous? A Chinese-Italian mash-up for the ages!”
“Sophia, that’s it! I don’t have to choose one!”
He bolted straight home. There was lots to get done!
Mickey burst in the kitchen.
“I’m ready to pick! I’ve made my decision – this isn’t a trick.
I want Friend Rice And Marinara sauce!”
“That’ll be different but hey, you’re the boss!”
He awoke the next day in a jittery mood.
Friends were arriving.
“Will they like the food?”
Mikey’s mom fried up a wok-full of rice; In went the veggies, two eggs and some spice.
His friends helped give the tomatoes a squish.
They drizzled the sauce to complete the new dish.
Mikey tensed up as his friends a taste, but the fusion of flavors lit up every face!
Despite any doubts, the meal couldn’t be beat.
The fried rice was savory, the marinara sweet.
It tasted more scrumptious than they thought it could.
The whole party shouted out,
“Different is good!”
Boys and girls, do you celebrate your birthday? What food would you prepare on your birthday party? You may talk about it with your parents.
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