Good scene. Thanks, Lisa Ko. Deming Guo is now Daniel Wilkinson. Kay and Peter are Deming/Daniel’s foster parents. :
The dishes came out fast and were limp, reheated. Turnip cake, broccoli, shrimp dumplings. Angel stabbed holes into the side of a dumpling and even the solitary curl of steam was lackluster.
“Delicious,” Kay murmured, scooping up food for Deming’s plate. The meat tasted old. His mother would never have eaten food this bad.
“This is one of those off-the-beaten-path places,” Elaine said. “We’ve been coming here for years.”
Jim turned to Deming. “You must miss this, Daniel, having authentic Chinese food.”
“We went to the Great Wall that one time,” Peter said.
Deming recalled the tempura and pad thai he’d picked at during a visit to the buffet table at the strip mall restaurant.The Leavers, p. 88