Tuesday, April 5 – When we played Frisbee golf at the park on Saturday, we noticed some long pine needles under some trees on the course. So Marsha needing needles for her pine baskets, we returned to the park today to gather some. They weren't as long as she would have liked, but at 7-8” she gathered a bag full and may use them.
We also stopped at the Hong Kong Mall in the Chinese/Vietnamese section of Houston. Hong Kong City Mall is one of the largest Asian indoor malls in the U.S.
This was like an Oriental Sam's Club. Most of the items were packaged in Chinese so we couldn't read many of the labels. But we could read some and what was in the packages surprised us.
At the checkout we saw the strangest fruit called Jackfruit for $1.99/lb. It is a Thai food. Enormous and prickly on the outside. Once a jackfruit is cracked open, what you will find inside are pods or "bulbs". The fleshy part (the "bulb") can be eaten as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned jackfruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as "vegetable meat". We weren’t in an adventurous mood.
It was a neat experience. Unfortunately, the deli isn't open of Tuesdays, so we may visit again to see what's available. We did buy some soup, some shrimp flavored chips, a cream roll and a small tart. We ate the roll and tart in the car for a snack.....yummmm.
The entire mall contained only Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. type of shops. We only knew what they were selling once we got into the mall.
There was a deep blue pond in front of the mall.
Right down the road is a memorial to the South Viet Nam servicemen.
Spring has sprung all over Houston. The flowers are out in full force. Marsha loves this time of year.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!