Mainland Grub – FOOD from week Twenty-something

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It’s mango season! These guys tend to be so messy, though, that I haven’t picked any up yet. Pretty stupid of me.

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First stop upon landing in Xiamen: the Lonely-planet recommended peanut porridge shop. Sounds nice, but I can never resist a dumpling or wrap. A dollar for all three.

 

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Buffet visit one, plate one.

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Yangfan selecting vegebles to grill: chives, shiitakes, taters, garlic stems, green beans. This is bar food!

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Second trip to the buffet (in two days), plate one (of three). I realized that that whole time in Taiwan, I don’t think I ate a single potato. Three months! Potato stir-fry here was incredible.

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Broccoli, fried taro, two kinds of tofu/celery, bowl of rice. $1.25.

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I know it’s not a new picture but…isn’t jackfruit crazy?

 

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I’ve fallen into the bad habit of eating street food for lunch. Sweet potates, veggie pucks, radish cake – a buck a plate.

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Drippin’ with oil.

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This one too – some sort of savory deep-fried glutinous rice powder cake. Dense. Jiggly. Tasty, but 1/3 is enough. The best part was the shiitakes in the middle.

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Awesome breakfast from the morning market: three cabbage dumplings, three appledate things, two dried persimmons. One dollar. F**K YOU, Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Fried chive balls.

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“A plate of fried rice that will fill you up.” One dollar. In Korea, one dollar buys you a small bowl (1/3 this size) of plain white rice. Weak.

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I was pretty sure this lady was selling radish cakes, so I bought two. Turned out they were like little self-contained Egg McMuffins. Utterly amazing. Crispy, crepe kind of outsides, with a layer of sauteed carrots on top, then a perfectly cooked egg puck in the middle. I’m trying to keep up the veganism, so I wouldn’t buy them again knowing what I know now. But dang, they were fantastic. If I ever get a chance to buy happy eggs, I know the first thing I’m going to make.

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Banana pancakes are becoming my go-to meal to cook for hosts.

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Eggplant, how I missed thee, even though I ate you almost every day in Taiwan.

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Nothing beats a heaping plate of fried noodles (chow mein) on a cold and drizzly night.

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DID YOU KNOW: The number of “leaves” on the little clover shape on the bottom of mangosteens reflects the number of sections the mangosteen will be divided into within? Better not let the Intelligent Design crowd hear about this one…

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Now you have to believe me.

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Winky’s mom liked cooking with Shiitakes. Good call.

 

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Canton-style soup: a couple of grains, a couple of nuts, some shrooms, some starches, some meats, sometimes a bit of papaya…

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Above two: Whoever tells you that being a vegetarian in China is hard (I’m sure many of you have been told this…) has clearly never tried to be a vegetarian in China. Here’s my method. 1) Walk up to boss. 2) Say “I’ll give you $3, you make me two vegetable dishes and a bowl of rice. 3) Say “yes, spicy is OK.” 4) Kick back until it’s grub time.

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Sweet green lentil cakes courtesy of the measly family (see previous post).

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Dried/pickeld/candied fruit central. You can bet I’ll be back there before skipping town in the morning.

So, yup, I’m eating well. If I ever turn this project into a book, maybe I’ll title it “Getting fat on five bucks a day.”

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4 Responses to Mainland Grub – FOOD from week Twenty-something

  1. mingyulee says:

    mike!!! I cannot believe you took all those pictures!!! you are awesome!!!

  2. Adam says:

    something is indeed wrong with a world where Dunkin’ Doughnuts are more expensive than actual real food that is 100x more delicious. Sweet food pics man, drool.