Yunnan Cuisine and Snacks 滇菜(云南菜)

During this short trip to Kunming and Red Land (Yunnan, China), we easily gained few kilos.


Noodles and rice were the culprits. Although “cross-the-bridge rice noodle” 过桥米线 is the most famous noodle, a classic set at Jian Xin Yuan ( 建新园) cost RMB80. I would prefer the “small pot noodle” (小锅米线), picture above, cost RMB7 to 8.


The noodle set come with another famous chicken soup called “steamed pot chicken” (汽锅鸡), the brown pot on the left in the picture above. The raw ingredients are lightly boiled in the big bowl of hot soup, and then adding the noodle. The set comprises of many little dishes of internal organs which we left untouched.


There are so many variety of rice noodle and this black colour tofu (cold) mixed with hot (spicy + high temperature) noodle is one of the weirdest noodle I ever ate.

Another popular variation of the rice noodle is rice pancake (饵块). It can be BBQ and wrap with choices of fillings, or stir fried with chilli.


Most of these cuisines and snacks look interesting but may not suit everyone’s appetite. My personal favourite has to be the BABA, especially peanut sugar baba sold at Guandu Old Town (the name of the shop is “Spectacle Baba” (眼镜粑粑). RMB2.50 per piece. There are other fillings like red bean, sesame etc.


The corn BABA (玉米粑粑) looked interesting and better eat if you are hungry.


Papaya drink anyone? I thought this local drink in Guandu is a freshly blend papaya juice. Below is the real look:


Papaya drink is the transparent jelly. The whitish worm liked items are made of rice. Of course, there are so many more local cuisines that you need 4 stomachs to complete the food quest.


The common characteristics are a bit spicy (relatively mild to Malaysia taste buds) and oily.


Wild mushroom tasted good. In fact, ordering vegetable dishes  typically cost RMB8, with generous serving. If you order meat, the average cost would be RMB40 to RMB100+ per dish.


Most of the meat are fatty to my personal taste so I prefer to eat vegetables. This is especially true if you travel to mountain ranges where refrigerated meat may not be as fresh. During our trekking trip in Nepal, we only ate vegetarian foods to avoid food poisoning.


When you are in larger town where supply of electricity is reliable, then meaty cuisine is less of a worry.


In Vietnam, it is common to mix rat meat into dishes and you won’t know what kind of meat eventually.


The dessert looks attractive but after knowing layer of dust (by the roadside), you shall think twice before getting a stick.


According to reason study, a significant percentage of the frying oils used by hawkers and restaurant are from recycle oil collect from the drain. If you don’t questions, all the foods still look tasty and good. What the hack, life is short but modern medical treatment can prolong our suffering. Just eat it while we still have real teeth.

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