Mongolian BBQ Shop

Sitting in the seat

Eyes in a daze

Hot oil sizzles

From the open stove

A fat man

Piles his bowl

With raw meat

And veg

.

My mother

Pets my head

As our soup

Arrives

Thick with egg

Steaming in bowls

.

Cracking my bread

Dipping it

In the broth

Crunching the

Honeyed fried crisps

Dripping on my lap

Food is ready

.

I see

Its pineapple

Cooked meat

White rice on the side

Tucking in

With a metal fork

Clanging

Having my father

Guide my hand

A little four year-old’s hand

.

Now a woman’s hand

Gently cuts the food

Daintily

Putting the

Pineapple

Cooked meat

White rice on the side

In the mouth

On the tip

Of a silent fork

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