Indonesia: Cycling Around the Countryside… Tofu Makers

Cycling on through the rice paddies, we came across an amazing old lady.

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We wondered what she was doing in a pile of wood in the midst of a grove of banana trees.

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As we watched, she attacked the branches with a saw.

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And after that demonstration, a triumphant, delightful smile.

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And before we left her, I couldn’t help taking a quick photo of her feet… never have they seen a shoe. The souls of her feet must be as ‘tough as old boots’… no need for shoes!

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A little further on we stopped at a family tofu making enterprise. As you may know, Tofu is made from Soya beans.

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The beans were raked and dried on large cloth mats in the sun.

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 Here, soya beans are being tossed and separated prior to heating and fermenting.

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The beans are poured into the shute of a grinding machine and mixed with water.

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What comes out from the bottom is a milky ‘slurry’.

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There seemed to be vats everywhere… some with the soya ‘slurry’ fermenting.

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Every vat had a purpose in the ‘production line’.

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Once ‘cooked’, the mixture was drained through a cloth inside a large wire sieve.

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Some of the tofu mixture was poured into large, flat dishes to mature.

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Another mixture was placed into shallow split bamboo trays lined with a porous cloth. Excess water is drained away to leave a fine tofu.  When ready it’s cut into squares…

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…and fried…

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…in a large wok over a rice husk fire in a mud stove.

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And, this wonderful tofu was produced with the simplest of utensils and equipment in hot steamy conditions.  It proves that sterile, air-conditioned facilities are not needed to produce a delicious and safe product.

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It had been even hotter in the tofu kitchen than outside in the already steamy, hot tropical heat where we found the animals being fed the left over soya plants. Nothing is wasted.

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The goats, in particular, seemed to enjoy this feast.

It was time to get back onto our bikes to peddle on down the road to see what else we would come across in the countryside in Central Java.

More of that anon.

 

David

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China: Yunnan: #10 More Exploring in Jianshui

So what else did we find as we explored the old part of Jianshui a little more? Let’s see.

 

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This was the street scape opposite the gate to the Zhu Gardens.

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The pomegranate seller made a wonderful still life photo. I wonder how many hours she just stood their hoping for someone to buy her fruit as they emerged from the gardens. It was getting late in the day and at least one basket was empty so maybe it had been worth her while.

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There were still a few people out and about along the shopping street.

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A china shop in China!

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Glazed and unglazed storage jars.

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The entrance to a ‘Foreign Nationals Hotel’.

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A lot of thought goes into these manholes that incorporate a story.

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Another decorated man hole.

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A different sort of decoration… a web woven of electric cables!

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A shop selling woks, steamers, brooms, hats and hardware items.

More electric cables decorate the roof… and they aren’t Christmas lights!

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A REAL hardware shop

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A larger house with a courtyard.

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The old and the new, side by side.

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Different strengths of rice wine are sold from these jars.

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Street fruit market

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Vegetable market…. bring your own shop on the back of a bike!

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Delicious looking mushrooms

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A wider variety of mushrooms… all look delicious… pity we can’t do any cooking.

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Those mushrooms would taste really good with these cooked ‘chooks’.

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Or maybe these succulent crispy ducks. Yum!

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Could add some tofu as well.

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Might rethink the tofu… not sure about smokers blowing smoke over the food

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Thoughtful market seller

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These dried chrysanthemum flowers are used to make chrysanthemum tea (pinyin).  The flowers are steeped in hot water 90-950C, (194-2030F).  Chrysanthemum tea is said to have many beneficial health properties.  In China it is used to recover from a sore throat, influenza and acne.  The flowers are also used as a compress to alleviate circulatory disorders such as varicose veins.

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A potential buyer of the tea.

Then after our interesting exploration around the streets it was time for dinner. We found a cafe with a balcony and watched the city quieten down while we ate a delicious dinner.

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The East Gate illuminated at night.

A wonderful sight at the end of a very special day in Jianshui.

David

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