Beijing 2009 - Wangfujing Food Street Part II
Here are some of the more stomach-friendly offerings.
The familar silken tofu - but these are savoury. The tofu is perfectly done, and the savoury sauce is not too heavy to drown out the taste.
Pineapple Rice - actually a sweet sticky rice commonly eaten as a snack.
An unusual take on the French fry - this one is topped with a fried egg. It is actually quite nice - crispy and not too oily.
Crystal jellies - a refreshing palate cleanser in between the savoury stuff.
An assortment of sweet cakes. Unfortunately I didn't have the stomach to try them.
Some interesting looking crabs. They are nice to look at but not so nice to eat.
Beijing "Burgers" - pan-fried lamb served in a toasted bun. Quite delicious.
The famous Tianjin Gaobuli Baozi - basically steamed mini pork buns. There is an interesting story attached to the origin of these buns, but they taste like ordinary pork buns to me - in fact a bit mushy. The filling also not of the best quality.
A spicy stew of pig intestines and tofu. Really rich and strong in flavour. A tiny bit is enough.
The popular candied fruits. You find these everywhere in Beijing.
I don't know what these are and didn't try them. Some kind of sticky sweet dusted with peanut powder, I think. I am generally not a fan of sticky sweet things.
Tofu skin parcels with a vegetarian filling. These are quite nice, with a crunchy texture and a tasty filling.
What I have posted above is only a faction of what's on offer at Wangfujing. It is just impossible to try everything.