Saturday, December 12, 2009


China is changing. Rapidly. Some good, some the verdict is still out. Food is still a high priority in this great nation. I doubt that will ever change. Too may times when I call a supplier around noon their time, did the conversation end with a simple "Sorry, have to go, it's lunch time", even if we were in the middle of a heated price negotiation...

Though there are many more "newly prosperous" who can afford fine dining, there are still plenty who cannot afford white linen and silverware when eating out.
Even in such cosmopolitan places such as Shanghai, every few blocks you are able to find those "food alleys" as I like to call them.

This particular one was in the middle of a factory area on the very east end of Pudong. About 20 food stalls with a variety that makes our Mall food courts look anemic. Even if I don't recognize half the offerings, it is just great to try a few things from a variety of vendors.
Fresh, inexpensive and very tasty. Not for everybody, Tony only tried a bun, but if you are headed to China, step out of your comfort zone and dig in.

Cold Cuts

This is what the Calgary Farmers' Market needs. Farmers.


What to try from this booth?

Maybe fresh BBQ for Tony

Rice bags?

Head Cheese

Bring your own dishes...


Allison the Meep said...

I know you don't have to follow a GF diet, but in your opinion, how easy is it to eat GF in China? I really want to travel one day but am so worried about not being able to find things that are safe to eat, and the language barrier is really tough when you're trying to convey to someone the importance of a food intolerance.

H.Peter said...

Before Victoria started GFP, she was my best asset in travelling. Her taste in product sourcing was fail proof.

She came to China twice, not once got glutened.
And she ate loads at many different places.

No worries. Especially with vegetables (besides maybe some enviromental challenges), tehy cook it all fresh and willomit any questionable ingredient.