We need to take some time to talk about food posters. Food posters are an essential item to any non-ger (i.e. house or apartment) Mongolian kitchen. I am fascinated by them. My sitemate Ashlee shares an equal fascination with the posters and aspires to be the world's foremost expert on them. The best ones make absolutely no sense -- and we were just lucky enough to get one of the best already scotched to the wall in our kitchen. Here's where it's located, right above the sink:
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is a close-up:
While washing the dishes, I discover new, wondrous aspects to our poster everyday. Our poster contains many of the essential food poster qualities. For example:
- First, there must be some sort of liquor in the poster. Ours is some type of yellow liquid (label is in Chinese so I haven't figured out exactly what it is) but there's also a martini glass with an umbrella and some indistinguishable brown liquid - I can't tell if it's coffee, liquor, or gravy. I have yet to solve that mystery.
- Next, there should be some other inanimate, non-food objects. We have a vase of flowers, which isn't that weird. But on the left is what appears to be a tissue box which says "blue beauty" upside down and "made in China". Oh and there's a knife and fork (which is upside down) that don't match.
Okay, onto the assortment of food. Now, many food posters have a variety of fruits, most of which you are unable to purchase in Mongolia. But, again, we're lucky -- our poster offers a cornucopia of food:
- Corn on the cob in a bowl
- Cupcakes, with a mini plastic fork stuck in them, next to the stuffed jalapeño pepper
- Green maraschino cherries
- Two red maraschino cherries just sitting on the tablecloth
- On the plate in the back is what appears to be a hamburger of sorts, half a piece of sausage, and a personal sized pizza
- And possibly my favorite dish on the poster, a plate with fried eggs, prawns, and a carnation
And that my friends, is our food poster.
Here's a picture of the food poster in my host family's kitchen, of the classic fruit + liquor variety: