吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Chinese Food

Photos of food in China for the food-obsessed. No… I wasn’t hungry an hour later.

[A collection of iPhone photos taken at various restaurants]
The hottest dish I’ve ever had in China – Beef with two types of mushrooms and three types of peppers.  It was tough to tell the difference between the mushrooms and beef because I was crying so hard from the spice heat!  It was like a flame thrower.  Like most spicy dishes, I couldn’t stop eating the stuff.

Spicy Beef & Mushrooms

Stickers.  That’s the business to be in right now in China.  Because of the crazy inflation rate in China, food prices are going through the roof.  Because of the fluctuation in the cost of ingredients restaurants have started over-labeling the prices on menus instead of constantly re-printing them.  Lots and lots of stickers…
New price stickers on menu (now US$2.30 for a plate of dumplings).
These were amazing!  Fried eggplant strips wrapped in a crepe-like wrapper covered in spicy pepper sauce. Almost like an enchilada.  Two of us ate them all.  I’m going to try to duplicate this dish in my US-based Chinese kitchen.

Chinese Eggplant Enchiladas

REAL FRENCH FRIES!!  In our little village I tried to order a cold Tsingtao beer in Chinese and got a plate of really well-made french fries instead.  Every once in a while my bad Chinese vocabulary = serendipity at it’s finest!

Real french fries in China

Not the worst spaghetti I’ve ever had – but not the best either.  Since noodles were invented in China you can assume they got that part right.  The meat sauce was a little sketchy.

Chinese spaghetti with meat sauce

Mmmmm – tastes like chicken feet….

Trying chicken feet

The world’s BEST spicy eggplant + green beans.  Available at the now famous Dumpling House.

Spicy eggplant & green beans

Poor fish went out wearing a bad hat on it’s head!
Steamed fish
It’s cheaper than Diet Coke, so why not drink it at every meal?
Ice cold TsingTao beer
Interesting name for a hot pot restaurant – Yum Yummy.  Nice presentation.  Decent food.
Hot pot at Yum Yummy
Delicious Gruel anyone?  I think this is probably a “lost-in-translation” moment.  The menu looks short and sweet.  Only a few varieties of gruel.
6/15/11 – Update: I was told the other possible translation for the Chinese name of this restaurant is “Delicious Porridge”.  Just slightly better…
Delicious Gruel restaurant in Shanghai

 

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