chrysanthemum, shrimp broth, and braised Duck’s eggs all on a shoulder pole to the shop.
Then, I would make fire and boil water. Afterwards, I’d boil shrimp broth and minced pork to the boiling point. Only after all these works could I start to sell noodles.
Hsiu Hung: So you did all the works, selling noodles, checking orders, serving and so on. Customers surely felt surprised when seeing you doing all those things.
Auntie: You bet. So customers would ask me about my age. Then, when I said “I am 12 years old”, they were all surprised and said “Wow, you sell noodles yourself at the age of 12?! You are really something else!”
Hsiu Hung: Were there any customers that impressed you?
Auntie: Well, I don’t recall any of them. Our customer are simple-minded and many of them are decent. They won’t cause any troubles. Oh, there was once a customer causing troubles. After 10:30 p.m., the late night movies ends and I went home because there was less customers. Your grandpa continued working till 1:00 at midnight. There was a drunk customer who kicked over our shrimp broth and minced pork. He burned his feet at last.
Hsiu Hung: It’s really hard running a business!
Hsiu Hung: I heard that there were many Japanese government officials coming to eat. Did you happen to meet them?
Auntie: Well, yes. Like majors or other government officials coming to Tainan, they’d be treated here. And they all missed our Dan Zai Noodles. So your grandpa developed canned minced pork and sold them with noodles. After WWII, Japan surrendered at discretion and Taiwan's sovereignty was passed from Japan to the Republic Of China. Many Japanese tourists would come visit Tainan and bought our canned minced pork.
Hsiu Hung: Oh right! I also know that many students studying in Japan will come buy our canned minced pork so they can put it on rice. It reminds them of hometown.