Sunday, January 25, 2009

文殊院 - Wen Shu Yuan

This is an area just northeast of downtown with temples, lots of shopping, art performances, food stands, and during the holidays carnival booths. On the food streets there is a constant boom, boom of 三大炮 being made.

This stand is serving the great 羊肉泡馍 (yangroupaomo - lamb soup with bread soaked into it) from Xian and thereabouts. Love it, but didn't try it for a couple of reasons: 1) Have never eaten a good version in Chengdu. 2) The bones in the top of the cage were nearly raw, though had hot broth poured over them constantly...looked like a recipe for an upset stomach.

Deep fried crabs, with hot pepper and cumin.

Sweet fruit flavoured tea.

热凉粉 - Hot cool pea starch. It's called hot/cool because this is usually served cool (凉粉), but this is a hot version. Make sense? The toppings are the usual - soy sauce, vinegar, msg, hot pepper, Sichuan pepper, green onions.

艾蒿饼 - Artemisia cake. Vendor says they are made from flour and millet flour and a wild plant. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

春圈 (or 春卷? chunjuar, anyhow) - Spring rolls. I've never seen the fried kind of spring roll here unless you go into a Taiwanese place. This is a combo plate of spring rolls, with different wrappers - thin crepes (probably from millet flour), rice noodles skin, and doufupi (tofu skin). In the middle are shredded carrots, what I think are lettuce hearts, and cucumber.

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