Thursday, April 9, 2009

豆汤饭 - Rice and Pea Soup

Lately I've been eating quite a bit of 豆汤饭 (doutang fan), which is a soupy mix of rice and yellow peas cooked til both rice and peas are falling apart, with whatever stir-ins you order. You can get vegetable versions, or ask for cooked chicken, beef, tripe, or other goodies. It tastes as bland as it looks but feels very nourishing and warming on cool drizzly days like we're having this week and is a very welcome break from overly spicy, oily, salty, msg-laden dishes.

This is the 鸡丝豆汤饭 (chicken shreds in rice and pea soup) at Grandma Jin's. It's an enormous piping hot bowl for Y7. They don't have smaller sizes, unfortunately. I also got a side of cucumbers (凉拌黄瓜). Way too much food for one person.

This is a Y4 bowl of 牛肉豆汤饭 (beef rice and pea soup) from a scabby place on Shuangnan. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but it's not really good enough to tell others about. Note that if you get served lukewarm soup, it is totally OK for food safety's sake to ask them to heat it up (加热).

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