The day after Trump’s inauguration, I was in Tokyo doing some food ‘research’ on route back from my pop up dinner in Niseko. An American friend of mine Elizabeth, who had moved there a couple years back, invited me to join her and some others on a march at Hibiya Park, one of the 676 sister marches planned around the globe in alliance with the Women’s March on Washington. About 650 of us, mostly expats, traversed the city in a respectful, quiet and distinctly Japanese fashion, in a neat double file to the side of traffic on the road. Later that night, I returned to my Airbnb in Shibuya and watched as Gloria Steinem declared that “God may…
Chengdu’s streets have seen a great transformation over the years. Once the capital of Shu State during the Three Kingdom period, the city has had a rich and colourful history. Food culture has been particularly important, in private homes, high-end establishments, and crowded streets. Street snacks in particular, have made a name for themselves around the world, and are my earliest encounter with truly mind-blowing flavour.
Not your average street fare, Chengdu’s snacks are diverse in selection and sophisticated in preparation, only sourcing the best ingredients, using intricate techniques passed down for generations. Once ubiquitous as ‘fly restaurants’ or street carts, they are becoming harder and harder to find due to recent government efforts to ‘clean’ city streets.
I’ve written previously about the impending death of food culture in Chengdu, and as if in attempt to preserve an…
The Chengdu Street Snack App for the iPhone is finally here!
To get it, download the free Rama Travel app on your phone here, and then search by place, title or author for the “Chengdu Street Snack” by Jenny Gao. The app is just $0.99 and its a really good deal, because I’ll buy you a drink in return
The app includes top things to eat, maps of where to get them, and insider tips for ordering as well as a Chinese characters, pinyin and pronunciation guide. What’s great is that this app includes the ability to view the tour/maps offline once you purchase it. Perfect for overseas visitors and users without a 3G connection who want to explore food spots on the go.
This is my first app, its a work in progress and I will be updating it along the way. So please take a look and recommend it to your friends who are visiting Chengdu. Would love your feedback and ratings!
Thanks for all your support so far, much love xx
Please note the app is only compatible with iPhone,…
Dining at the world’s best restaurant comes with its own set of anticipation and expectation.
I approached this meal the way that I have often approached meals in the past, my frame of reference limited (I am by no means as well-traveled and well-dined as some of my blogger-counterparts) and judgement criterion somewhat skewed by my dining experiences to date. What is a lunch at the world’s best restaurant supposed to deliver? Will every course delight, bursting with transcendental flavours? Will this be the most enjoyable meal of my life to date?
It was immediately evident that the normal dining paradigms are not applicable here. If you come to Noma seeking comfort in taste and contented familiarity, you will likely leave feeling unfulfilled. Each dish in isolation wasn’t always exceptionally tasty, not being imbued with heavy-handed seasoning that has become conventional in North American or Asian cooking, and by which we tend to judge…