China: Yunnan: #17 Fresh Food Markets in Kunming (Part a)

Back in Kunming with Ross, we had a good meal, lots of chat and a good night’s sleep.

Next morning, we had a slow start, no hurry to do anything today.  Ross had to leave early to do his tutoring so Kenzo and I walked to a place near the apartment for some Muslim noodles for breakfast.  The noodles are made from the usual dough mix but the cutting/shaping is different.  Check out the video on You Tube … the link is at the end of this post.  It shows the process better than I can describe it.  Our big bowl of noodles in a meat broth cost us just 7 Yuan each.

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Then, we caught a bus to a fruit and meat market.  I love markets, particularly Asian ones.  They are full of the most wondrous things! There was some cooked food…sautéed capsicum and red chilli, and lotus root… looked so good. But this market is mainly for fresh food. It’s always fun to wander along and see what I might buy if I was going to prepare my own meal.

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DSC01327 © DY of jtdytravels

Just look at the colours in these Spanish onions, cucumbers and carrots.

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DSC01328 © DY of jtdytravels

Long, thin, purple aubergine with the orange of carrots… more great colour. 

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DSC01329 © DY of jtdytravels

Chinese cabbage… of course. Often used in Chinese meals.

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DSC01324 © DY of jtdytravels

There’s quite a bit of a difference between this butcher’s shop and those we’re used to! If I bought the RH carcass, I’d even get a bag of bile!

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DSC01331 © DY of jtdytravels

Not to mention the poultry shop! Those are the yolks of unformed eggs.

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DSC01320 © DY of jtdytravels

And if you buy a ‘chook’ (chicken) you get the feet as well!

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DSC01330 © DY of jtdytravels

Fresh ginger, capsicum and red chilli to add lots of flavour.

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DSC01342 © DY of jtdytravels

A variety of peppers to pep things up a bit!

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DSC01363 © DY of jtdytravels

Or, maybe, some red chillies to hot things up!

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DSC01341 © DY of jtdytravels

Plenty of pulses to choose from to accompany our dish.

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DSC01360 © DY of jtdytravels

Some rice wine might be handy to have. Lots to choose from.

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DSC01355 © DY of jtdytravels

And, of course, we had to choose some greens for our hypothetical meal… like these bok choys.

All good fresh, in season, food. At home we have become too used to having any food we want at any time of the year. Not here. Thankfully, we do have more chances now to buy good, fresh local produce at farmer’s markets in Australia with a small footprint on the environment… and no need to buy processed foods with who knows what additives and an over supply of salt, sugar and fats.

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DSC01319 © DY of jtdytravels

Now, to end our meal, we might need a little something sweet… some fruit, maybe. Any plumper and these grapes would start to jump out of their skins.

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DSC01338 © DY of jtdytravels

And how good do these peaches look… each one individually wrapped.

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DSC01340 © DY of jtdytravels

Nashi pears looked nice and crisp… straight from the trees to market.

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DSC01333 © DY of jtdytravels

Or we could go really tropical and try a dragon fruit!

More anon… but before I finish up this post… a reminder…

the You Tube link to the video on Muslim noodle making is …

< https://youtube.com/watch?v=4Gb4DvQB2pw>

.

David

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