Friday, 3 June 2011


Posted by Sweeter side of life at 21:35:00

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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