Yading Dining Adventures, China

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Yes I know have already talked about Yading. If you missed it go back a post because it has the good photos, information and so on.

This post is a little more close to the food blogging idea that started the internet journal thingy in the first place. What did we eat while hanging out in the mountains?

As we got into the van in Daocheng we noticed the other backpackers were loaded up with cup noodles and endless muesli bar things. Oh, we had nothing, did we need to bring food? No they told us, its just really expensive up there. Mmm, that doesn’t sound good.

So after a long van ride and sleeping negotiations we were already starving. Right at the trail head was a little restaurant, okay lets give it a go. After a some extended communication issues we managed to get a couple of plates of food and some rice.

The dishes were a mixed vegetable stir-fry and a less mixed vegetable stir-fry with pork. How were they? They were fantastic. Not oily, which is something that is hard to come by in china, and full of flavour. Not only that it was dirt cheap, good start I think.

The first day we went for a bit of a stroll to look at this.

And also saw some of these.

It was a bit of a hike, and on our return we were a little peckish.

So inquired if the hotel had any eating options. Yes they did, but it was a set menu, meaning once again no choices, eat what you are given. Sounds good to me.

Once again very cheap and we got heaps of food.

The dishes were zucchini with egg, cabbage with pork belly, capsicum with lean pork and some other greens with garlic.

We also got a peppery watery egg and tomato soup.

This was a tremendous meal. It has taken a long time in China to get this kind of home cooking style food and we were loving it.

We even saw the cup noodle hoarders eating a few of these dishes.

The next day we walked up this way a bit.

Unfortunately our lack of planning left us with very little to eat this day, we survived on crackers.

On our way out of the park we were then hit by a hail storm. Wet and hungry we crawled into the same restaurant looking for something, anything, to eat.

What we ended up with was some of your standard Chinese cup noodles. These are a hell of a lot better than anything we get in the west, mine even had a sachet of picked cabbage to add as flavouring.

I am sure you can probably hunt these out in Australia, I have never tried before, though I will be when we return.



Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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