Monday, 30 July 2012

Chinese Food Porn* Photo Blog

Earlier this year, if you'd asked me about my favourite foods, I would have happily waxed lyrical on many Eastern cuisines: Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai. But Chinese food wouldn't be on the list. In fact it would not have even come close. I mistakenly believed that the luminous, MSG-ridden stuff you get in foil containers with cardboard lids takeaways was the real deal. One day, a friend who had grown up in China chastised me for my dismissive attitude and told me I hadn't lived until I'd eaten on the mainland. And, oh how right he was. 


I am a self confessed foodie and having subsisted on lentils, vegetables, dahl and dahl baht for the previous 6 months, by the time I landed in China I was ready to eat. And eat I did. In fact, I couldn't stop eating. Each meal was just too good to be true - and in local Chinese restaurants the price was an absolute snip. I enclose below, some 'food porn' for your gustatory viewing pleasure. Enjoy! 


*apologies to John Beaton 


Beautifully cooked fish in Anhui Province
Shanghai street dumplings

Eggplant fried with chilli and garlic in Anhui  

Cabbage with goji berries and chestnuts


Shrimp with fish sauce, Shanghai

Whole black carp steamed with ginger & garlic, Zhujiajiao 


Leeks fried with garlic


Eggplant cooked with French beans & garlic


Muscles with spring onions & ginger, Hainan


The infamous 'Peking duck', Beijing

Sticky fried pork with walnuts

Water spinach


French beans with Yunnan bacon




Chargrilled eggplant 

And now for some less appetising dishes...

Scorpions on sticks, anyone?
Seahorses on sticks...

Stinky tofu & '100 year old' preserved eggs - the only dish I had to leave...


More weird things on sticks








4 comments:

  1. Well, I'd eat most everything on the top half of this page... the bottom half, not so much! And the seahorses just makes me sad :( Great post!

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    1. What's more sad about eating a seahorse than a pig or cow? I just don't understand people... If it tastes good, it's good to eat; and if you haven't tried it, you don't know if it's good to eat

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  2. Hehehe, thanks Greg. The food in China was unreal and my movie camera hardly did the dishes justice (I have since bought a new stills one). To be honest with you, I could have done an entire blog on inedible stuff too - hot pots filled with gristle, pigs trotters, ducks feet etc but I have spared my readers the grisly details. Just had street food in Phnom Penh and was very impressed. Hope you're keeping on trucking and enjoying life? I need to read your Thailand blog as I'm headed there next to do tantra. Cheers! Soph

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