On the last day of the lunar year my friend Christina gave me the idea of making braised pork knuckles and tongues in Chinese marinade (called 鹵水 louh’-sui’) for diner. I thought it was an exciting dish to make to celebrate the arrival of the year of the horse so off I went to buy the ingredients. However, when I arrived at the wet market - at about 2pm - my pork butcher was about to close down his stall. I could not help but think of my 1st Chinese New Year in Hong Kong when I could not find any vegetables after 4pm! I learnt after this incident not to wait for the last day to buy food needed for the first 3 days of the Lunar New Year.