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Volume 50
Issue 2

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Lynn Gui

Be it a seasoning or an embodiment of a dish, ginger always shows its bold character. Walking in south China, people find that ginger is the best “bro” on the dinner table.

Summer lays humidity upon everything. Ginger plays a refreshing role in meals, either as a seasoning or the main dish. Chinese folks take a piece of ginger, chop it into shreds, and spill a bit of oil on it; then it’s ready to eat. Soon after a little ginger reaches the tongue, a thick sense of refreshment surges through the whole body.

Unlike cool mints, ginger is warm but vigorous . The lingering (1) warmth (2) gradually overtakes every part of the body. Sizzling (3), it opens the stomach, it infiltrates the lungs and heart and it permeates the veins and bones, broiling, warm, mild, deeper and deeper into the body like powerful tides. What comforts one like a brother? Of course, ginger does.(4) It never rushes; instead, it gently washes fickleness away, leaving long lasting warmth.

Some foods are too delicate to be just a seasoning, while some are perfect seasonings but cannot shoulder the burden to be a main dish. Ginger accomplishes both adeptly. Just like us in the world, no one is always dominant. Each of us needs to understand how to stoop and stand (5), as ginger does in the hierarchy of food.

We should all learn about gingerhood .



1 Imagery of taste: ginger tastes warm but vigorous.

2 Imagery of feel: ginger feels warm.

3 Onomatopoeia: sizzling sounds like sizzling; it’s how ginger attacks the tongue.

4 Metaphor: ginger is like a loving brother.

5 Imagery of sight: people stoop and stand, like they condescend and strut.