As you know, this blog likes to mix its ingredients of art and life, so putting together poetry, noodles and animation this morning was the work of a moment.
Exhibit A – the poem is “Making Mines Frires” by Dominique Ahkong and if you pop over to http://bit.ly/2vm5ZEk you can read the poetic description of the family-making of noodles for the dish. (from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal) It includes phrases such as:
“My mother and grandmother trickle water
and crack runny suns into a powdered white well.
They whisk and mix until the walls collapse.”
(very recognisably a description for making pasta – but what genius to describe eggs as cracking ‘runny suns‘. This simple and beautiful descriptive poem gently hints at family dynamics and cultural expectations and norms, too).
When the pasta machine slices the noodles into running ribbons, the writer describes it as “”like limbs in a Ghibli cartoon.” Dominique was born to Mauritian parents in London, and now works as an animation writer in Singapore.
Exhibit B: the food – Mines Frires is a classic noodle dish of Mauritius and you can see it being made here in this video. The noodles have already been made, sadly. Now you’ll have to excuse me, as I feel an irresistible urge to go and eat noodles, suddenly……
Exhibit C: an animation about noodles….