Monday, 26 June 2017

🌭 THINGS THAT ARE TASTY — YANGSHOU

Ah, China, a true land of food. Provinces and regions with distinct and diverse specialities, combinations of cultures, centuries of developing delicacies and handed-down family recipes have meant that this vast and historical land has a wealth of offerings when it comes to chowing down on ultimate food delights.

The thing we quickly learnt about Yangshuo and China in general is that it is easy to get ripped off by paying over the odds for things that should cost a lot less. The cost of beer and coffee differed madly depending on the venue, and Chinese food was really expensive along the main areas; it's weird to be in China and for Western-style food to be your cheapest option but that's how it is.

🍴 Ancient Building Steamed Dumplings 老台门汤包
Steamed buns or bao (包) are the go-to choice for a hungry snack in China. The warm doughy delights are a slither of the price they are sold in the UK, each one is 1.5¥, roughly 17p, rather than the £1.50 we saw them being sold for at some trendy food market in the UK recently. Often the roadside places that sell bao are really local, meaning the owners speak no English and there is no english signage—learning a few Chinese characters meant that we could point at the fillings we wanted. This technique took a lot of trial and error but ultimately worked. 🍴 Lucy's Place
We managed to find a small piece of solace at Lucy's Place, sat outside enjoying their everlasting happy hour with some of the cheapest beer in town. Their food is pretty tasty – we tried a burger and a wrap and these were acceptable – and the people running it are really sweet and welcoming. It's kind of bar you nip in for a drink before dinner but end up staying all evening, sit outside, sip a cold beer and watch the Chinese crowds pass with sheer intrigue, saying the name "Lucy's" to each other and seeming to wonder why these strange-looking Western people are sat outside it. Note: a lot of Chinese passers-by asked for our picture or just took our picture while we were sat out the front of here.

🍴 Pizza Kitchen
Pizza, pizza and more pizza. Everywhere in Yangshuo seemed to sell pizza. Whilst sat at Pizza Kitchen we realised that they were supplying the pizzas from their woodfired pizza oven to all of the restaurants in the vicinity. As we munched on our veggie pizza – tomatoes, sweetcorn, olives, broccoli, not bad – we saw the waitresses whizz pizzas off to restaurants up and down the street. A pizza monopoly. Pizzapoly.

🍴 Pizza Corner
We also had pizza at Pizza Corner which, let's face it, is everyone's favourite type of corner. If only all of the corners in the world were made of pizza. Woodfired pizza oven. The decoration and general vibe is a rather cute and kitschy Chinese interpretation of an Italian garden café engulfed in a thicket of attractive plants and greenery and the pizza wasn't too bad either.

🍴 Echo Café
A few roads away from all of the madness and down a beautiful tree-lined street we popped into Echo Café for some breakfast and a coffee. It's a fresh, cute space with a Western owner—a Chinese girl runs things. The prices were a little high for the amount of food on the plate, the fried egg was quite small, but it was tasty and the coffee was good. Also when we were there a tiny tiny puppy was running around and we cuddled it too which made our visit amazing.



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