Some of the Food on Offer, Huanglongxi Ancient Town, China
We began our gastronomic look at the foods on offer in Huanglongxi with what at first glance seemed ‘normal’ but fishy.
Deep fried crab, fish and prawns, OK so far.
Larva of something also available on sticks, along with beetle, grasshopper and scorpion............
Squid and intestine of duck.................Oh my.................
Corn grinding machine for corn cake and rice cakes.
Tofu, different colours and aromas.
Eight to ten muscles for around eight pounds. Freshly ground herbs and choose-your-own eels.
To call it Beijing duck seems ridiculous, most places it’s still Peking duck.
Now tis was a different story. Walnuts, peanuts, corn nuts and treacle are roasted together. Next, two men turn the mixture out on to a wooden block and pound it flat with a pair of big hammers. One man folds the patty in thirds each way and pound it again repeating this process until the correct mix is tidied around the edges and cut into cubes with a cleaver. The aroma was rich, gorgeous and a million calories a cube. As for most of the rest of the ‘stuff’ we saw.....at one point I said, if they could fry snot and put it on a stick, they would. Menus offered soft-shell turtle, birds nest soup along with some quite horrific looking ‘stuff’.
Fried chicken feet a pound a portion, corn-stuffed fried chicken wings and dumplings.
Fresh tea leaves dried for fifty minutes and bagged ready for sale as green tea.
A surprise find was a sausage man grilling a variety of flavours. A sparkling kebab machine and another stall where kebabs were marinating in the sun.
Incredibly hot spicy, dodgy and smeared ‘stuff’ over noodles or rice for breakfast. Please may I stick to muesli........
Ice lolly machine, real fruit pieces on sticks and plastic demonstration models to point to.
Smoke machine and meat drying cabinet.
Wiggly things, thankfully fruits that look ‘normal’ and syrupy things.
A noodle-maker ‘in love’ with his job............
Dried and fried pig face anyone ????
Ohhhhh, back to big, fat, black scorpions, more grasshoppers, ohhhh, just cannot face scorpion, funnily enough, neither did Bear....
ALL IN ALL WHAT VARIETY, SOME DISTINCTLY DODGY
WHAT WON’T THEY EAT ????