Friday, April 29, 2011

Gelato at koko casa

Koko casa opened up last year in the new Yanlord Landmark building. They serve very good coffee and sell some of the best handmade chocolates I've ever eaten, anywhere. So I was excited to try their gelato.



The gelato is all house made and the flavours today included coconut, Thai milk tea, tomato, stout beer, dark chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, and others. I liked the tomato gelato, with a creamy base and mild tomato flavour, and the Thai milk tea was good but a little sweet. They let you mix two flavours in a small, 28 yuan cup so I ended up getting half vanilla and half blueberry/black currant.



The fruit flavours were nice and clear. The vanilla had flecks of vanilla bean. I really appreciated that it was served just cold enough to be solid.

Storefront:



Location: Yanlord Landmark building B, 3d floor

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zhong Shui Jiao

This is a chain of dumpling restaurants specializing in the Zhong dumplings and other traditional snacks. Zhong Shui Jiao, like Long Chao Shou, turns out what taste like very mass produced versions of local food, so I've come to think of these places as the McDonald's of Sichuan cuisine.

The soup in the seafood shuijiao (海味水饺) was pretty good. The dumpling filling's texture reminded me of a low quality hot dog, however. 



I also tried a bowl of san he ni (triple harmonious mud? 三合泥) It's a sweet sesame flavoured paste with crunchy and sweet toppings. This was a bit gluey, but went down fine.



The place was quite busy.




My table companions were curious about what I was eating, especially the san he ni. They turned out to be from Shanghai and spent the whole time complaining about the local food. They probably would have had a happier experience going elsewhere to eat it.

Name in Chinese: 钟水饺
Address: 武侯祠大街2号

Organic Veg from Wen Jing Yuan

Part of my haul today from Wen Jing Yuan, a small store that sells organic produce:

 

The beets were a whopping 16 yuan per pound, though as a repeat customer I got a discount. Also pictured are a couple of bunches of gai lan and chrysanthemum greens, which were 12-14 yuan per pound.They also sell 'healthy' pork (健康肉). I am not sure what classifies the pork as healthy, though it is not organic.

With people getting more and more concerned about their food supply it's no surprise that food products labelled green (绿色) , ecological (生态), and organic (有机) are getting more and more common. Organic seems to be the strictest and rarest classification.  The reason I like going to Wen Jing Yuan is not that the produce is organic, but it is fresh and beautiful and they have things like beets, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, and red and green leaf lettuce.

They have a few locations in Chengdu and one in Chongzhou.

Website: http://www.lhwjy.com/

I am copying the addresses in town from their website, though I have only been to the Shaoling Rd. location. The storekeeper said that you could call ahead anytime (in Chinese) and ask for what was fresh or make specific requests.

Jiuyanqiao:

地址:成都九眼桥宏济新路64号
电话:028 - 84597775


Shaoling Rd:

地址:成都市少陵路263号
电话:028 - 85050778


Xidan Market

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电话:18908002709