This lady is skinning a Yam Bean. If you have not tasted a Yam Bean, they are available in Oz through Chinese grocers. They can be eaten fresh like an apple or they can be sliced thin for incopration into rolls and other goodies. Lots of fibre, sweet, the poor man's tropical equivalent of an apple (I guess with less vitamin C)
Yup, it's a low income bistro and that's what they cook with. Clean though, running tap water, sinks.
I have a second shot of this gent - he looks more resigned with this expression.
Kuan, paying for our meal
This is the kway teow in soup stock with crunchy beancurd, char siew
This is the Yong Tau Foo - fishballs embedded in eggplant, chilli, bean curd, bitter melon
Kuan tells me this is the herb Misai Kuching - Cats Whiskers
We always had stands of Ixora bushes near our civil servants quarters when I was young. Cheery flowers, nectar you could suck from a picked bud