Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Local steam buns and Ice porridge

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 16:16:00 3 comments Links to this post

Hi :) posting something on local eats from china again. Steam buns are extremely common in China, people here eats steamed buns more than bread. In addition, they very extremely cheap here, about singapore 20 cents for 3 buns!! I hope i am not making you feel awful about homemade steamed buns, homemade ones are much better than mass produced buns even though they are still handmade :)

There are a wide array of choices to choose from, ranging from mini pork buns to lotus root buns, tofu, etc.. The ones showed in the pictures are cabbage, black fungus and tofu :)

I can say the locals here are very creative with the fillings here, however the tofu was a little bit too salty, perhaps could be due to their taste for heavily seasoned food.

I think all the fillings were pre-fried and cooked before steaming. I think i will try a few more other interesting buns very soon! The black sesame bun and carrot bun seems pretty good too..

Let me introduce to you ice porridge冰粥, please dont think that way, its not frozen porridge!

It is actually a summer treat, made from shaved ice, sweetened red, green beans, plum/hawthorn puree, cocktail fruits, fresh watermelon and honey dew. Sometimes there is jelly, dried tomatoes, raisins, prunes as well. Its so refreshing :D! Sells at about S$1. How do you find this treat? It might be very sellable in Singapore :) I love it!

I need to post this picture of the local watermelons here.. can you see how thin the skin is?? It's really worth every bit of your money, no refuse!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Wet Market in China and Charcoal bread

Posted by Sweeter side of life at 20:19:00 1 comments Links to this post

Hi, today i went to the wet market in the neighbourhood where i stay to get ingredients to make dumplings. No, not 粽子 but 饺子. Both are called dumpling right? 粽子would be too tedious to make and so it was 饺子 :) The skin was bought from the market, they sell by weight and we bought 2.5kg of skin! Then we miscalculate and there was insufficient filling so we ended up slicing the skin made a noodle soup out of it.

Look at the amount of jiaozi we made! Well 11 people were eating, so its not that much actually :)

This is a picture of a stall selling pork, everything here is not chilled, the meat are all laid on the table and i heard that you cant really choose. The moment you pick up the piece of meat, it means you are buying it. I saw pig heads infront of the stall, pretty scary actually. After purchasing the minced meat, we went to buy cabbage. You see that huge wintermelon? The vegetables here are all upsized. See the tomato and red pepper? Yeap :)

The tofu here are freshly made too and some of them are flavoured with 'five spice' (五香). It is actually the brownish beancurd you see in the picture. The next picture shows the machine where the tofu is made.

There was also a stall that sells preserved vegetables. There is an assortment of preserved vegetables, garlic, long beans, bamboo shoots..etc, the list is endless.. As compared to singapore's sweet/salty preserved vegetables, this is 小巫见大巫.

After eating the jiaozi, i went to metro, a place where there are imported goods. Remember i said that in the area where i stay,pretty much everything is locally made, China itself is capable of providing for itself. Okay back to the supermarket, i saw this black bun, i had to buy it :D

It actually contains edible charcoal powder. Very interesting eat, but i am pretty sure Singapore might already have it now.

Have you eaten any black buns before??

Friday, 3 June 2011


Posted by Sweeter side of life at 21:35:00 0 comments Links to this post

Hey everyone, not so sure if there is still anybody reading this blog but i have decided to continue to post on this blog about my overseas internship trip in China, Jiangxi, Nanchang :)

This is my first post since i have been in china for 2 months. I miss Singapore so much~

Over in this area, it is not so developed, so there is hardly any form of imported food, almost everything is 'made in china'. The food in this part of china is really heavy on the taste buds, everything is very flavorful. I think perhaps i will introduce you to them one by one in time to come. First up, let me introduce the dumpling festival in China. Its not that different from singapore, they all eat dumplings but they also have a lot of extra time to eat it and celebrate this festival with their families. This is because they have a 3 day public holiday!! You must be hoping Singapore is like that too.

I couldnt make any dumplings myself, so i bought from the school canteen. The white dumpling is the red bean paste dumpling. The red bean paste taste like date paste, not anything like singapore's red bean paste. It is very sticky, slight tangy but still sweet. Did i mention anything about the red bean baos here? Well the red bean paste taste like date paste too..if you have ever eaten date paste.

In addition to the red bean, there's the date version(Here comes the real thing!) but nope, sadly i didnt buy date paste dumpling, but i will, soon! I want to see what's the difference between both.

I also gave the meat dumpling a try, in terms of the filling, i think Singapore's version is so much better! Maybe it is probably where i bought it, but can you see any meat there?? I didnt! (witness) I feel a bit cheated of course, if you could see that little whitish coloured thing- its pork fat.

However...after finishing the whole 'meatless' meat dumpling, there was a tiny piece of meat lurking at one of the corners! Here is it! Evidence :) I wasnt cheated!

In our area, it is legal to have road side vendors selling food, like the olden days of Singapore. The one you see below isnt a road side stall(Okay, really had no link with the previous sentence)

Anyway, it sells very lovely banana cake! Not a mashed banana cake in a cake batter, but a banana IN A CAKE. It even looks like a banana :D Looking at the amount of 'banana cakes' on the table, you can guess how popular it is. One interesting thing is that they sell by weight, actually most of the food here is sold by weight not piece. I think it is reasonable, dont you think?

Especially when it is difficult to standardize weight and size, this is the way to go for pricing. Perhaps singaporeans can adopt this concept?

Time for healthy treats! I ate some yang mei(杨梅) after the dumplings. Its harvest locally and very cheap here and it belongs to the berry family. Its available in Singapore too but usually can be a little pricey. Its sweet and sour, with high antioxidants too :D


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