If i were to be in the witness protection program in China and post this lunch, my cover would be blown.. This meal is very much a Yangzhou Meal..When I think of these dishes, I think of this city.. The small shelled shrimp, served simply.. I add vinegar but, many people just eat them as they are.. This time, they smelled fishy, almost soy where I didn't eat them but, i was assured by my host.. And the flavor, well, it tasted less fishy.. Shrimpy, i would say.. Once tasting, I was not nervous.. Again, not too exciting but, also kind of exciting to be served shrimp where I wasn't obligated to peel myself.. Depending on the prep, sometimes i eat the shell, or part of the shell, or I can do the trick where I can deshell a shrimp in my mouth and spit the remains on the table like a proper local.. But, there is something enjoyable about eating a small spoon of like 8 shrimp at once..
Cold salted goose.. God I love this.. I could eat this all day.. It's rich and fatty and I love the sauce, it's slightly sweet and has some anise and well, it's just so decadent.. I love this dish..
Twice cooked pork with green beans.. The pork was delicious and crispy in parts and chewy in the other... Salted and well, yes, yes, yes.. Everything twice cooked pork should be.
If have spoke about these shredded tofu noodles on other trips.. Specific to Yangzhou, or I should say, only good in Yangzhou.. I can buy these hard little brittle dry tofu strips at my local chinatown super market.. they come in the fridge, wrapped in plastic bags and they last for a year in the back of your fridge and you bust them out in hot pots or other things but, they suck, and make you sad but, not these guys.. These are the soft and chewy and melt in your mouth and have such a wonderful texture that nowhere else in the world seems to be able to repilicate.. But, yes, this is the best.. And in a chicken broth and you add some vinegar and eat some bok choy and well, you can't get this anywhere else and it's just so damn good..
I had this dish served three times on this trip.. This was by far the best..Completely deboned.. perfectly fried fish with sweet and sour sauce that was super well balanced and fresh crunchy and piney pine nuts..
Yanghou Lion Head Meatball.. I can't describe how different this dish is here than it is anywhere else.. It's a textural thing but, also like a cooking thing.. It's the only almost medium rare thing i am served in china.. the middle is just like a different texture and it's so soft and juicy and well, yeh, another thing I am going to say I haven't had as good outside of Yangzhou.. And I say it everytime, there is nothing like eating it here. .
big old bowl of bok choy in chicken broth.. I don't know exactly how the broth is made but, there are always these yellow soups in Yangzhou.. I don't know how they are made, i mean, it's chicken base but, that shocking yellow, is it all chicken, i doubt it.
yangzhou fried rice.. with 1000 year old egg and other things.. This is where the dish originates and they take pride in this.. lots of restaurants specialize in it and have various versions.. again, it's fried rice, i am not too excited about it but, people certainly are..
i didn't record all my lunches but, those were some of the good ones..
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