Postcard from China: A Local Food Market

25 May

There are many things I like to do and see when I travel. Museums and art galleries and historical sights and picturesque landscapes rank right up there, but some of the most memorable pleasures are gastronomic. I like tasting my way through a new place–and the corollary to that is that I also like visiting food markets (and even grocery stores) to see foods whose names I may only have read about. And any chance to marvel at food artisans in action is a good one. I recently was in Beijing for meetings, and had the very nice and unexpected opportunity the following weekend to stop by a food market near Xiangheyuan Road with some of our close friends. Oh, the sights to behold! The food, the vendors, and of course, the noodle maker….

Market scene; Dried spices/teas
Choice cuts

Chinese yams

Garlic shoots; Dragon Fruit

Assortment of bean curd products

Prepared food vendor; Egg vendor

… And the noodle maker in action.


2 Responses to “Postcard from China: A Local Food Market”

  1. Tia Sandy May 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Love these photos and seeing the unusual (for us) vegetables. I once found a vegetable called “bitter melon” from an Asian market in Toronto. Ever curious about veggies, I decided to buy one so asked the vendor how to cook it. I should have listened when, after telling me how to prepare it, he said, “my mother always made us eat this first.” The bitterness was beyond description.

  2. Leah May 25, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    I love watching people make hand-pulled noodles. I’ve gone to some hole-in-the-wall places in NYC to watch them. It’s dinner and a show! 🙂

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