Fast food, Yunnan style

Posted by Fuchsia on February 27, 2012
Agriculture, Chinese cuisine, Chinese restaurants, Food and health

This is the signboard for a little restaurant/takeaway in the backstreets of Jianshui, in southern Yunnan Province. It says ‘The sisters’ fast food shop’. You might imagine that they’d be selling fried chicken and chips, but ‘fast food’ in this case meant a ravishing selection of dishes freshly made from ingredients they’d bought that morning in the street market just around the corner.

Of course I couldn’t resist stopping by for a quick bite, and ended up with a delicious and healthy bowlful of spicy tofu, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, cucumber salad, stir-fried lotus stems,pickled taro stems with a little minced pork (these were stupendous), and rice jelly with Chinese chives, all served with steamed rice. I sat at a table outside in the sun, opposite the small son of one of the sisters, who had just popped back from school in his lunchbreak.

The market ┬áitself consisted of a couple of streets where peasant farmers from the surrounding countryside were selling their own produce, gathered that morning: lettuce stems and radishes, spinach and potatoes, garlic stems and peasprouts, mint and garland chrysanthemum leaves… It was a vibrant reminder of what freshness really means (and of the sad un-freshness of much of the produce sold in supermarkets).

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2 Comments to Fast food, Yunnan style

klash
27 February 2012

Freshness, yes, but I’m curious about your opinion about the pesticide use situation in China. Does it make you wary? or do you just brush it off when you eat ou at stalls like that?

Mzungu
27 February 2012

If you are after fast cooking. Check this video out of a stall in Kaili. Less Mapo tofu in less than 2 minutes.

http://youtu.be/twpwsWvjV6o

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