鱼米之乡 // home of fish and rice
is a phrase referring to the plentiful ressources available in this region. The Yangtse River provides delicacies from water and soil. Like in any other part of China, food plays an important role in daily life. Nevertheless, my Christmas Eve Dinner feast is a meager bowl of instant noodles – hotel dinner life.
Does not matter though, because the next few days, I truly feast. Barely taking a break between meals and snacking myself through foodie heaven, I myself am surprised that I don’t weigh a hundred kilos! Welcome to holiday season =)
Street food is essential, street food is life, street food can buy instant happiness. Walking around, an abundance of food opportunities lie ahead. First useful tip: anything coming out of a barrel-oven shown below should be quite good. The Mainland Chinese equivalent of a Taiwanese Peppered Pork Bun is a flat savory or sweet pancake called 烧饼 // Shao Bing – my personal favorite. The dough is stuck to the sides of the oven, some vendors remove it with tongs, some with their bare hands!
Stinky tofu – another classic. Everybody should try at least once. If you don’t like it, more stinky tofu for me!
Home of rice and fish but also home of the roasted duck, there are vendors everywhere across town. Taxi drivers or local blogs are your best bet to finding the most delicious duck, and sometimes the little cart just next door is the most satisfying bite of all.
December 24th 2016 – January 2nd 2017