Eating in Rural China, Part II

IN THE LAST SEGMENT… “I ate this bug.  Who knows what bug it is, what food the bug ate, I ate it.  It could be living in the mines for all I know.”

What a bad intro.

It was my second and last day in Foshan, China.  After a long sightseeing adventure, it was time to eat again.  I thought that there were no surprises, no harm, no foul.  We were going to go to an excellent restaurant.

But nonetheless, I had my doubts.  This time, we were in the middle of farmland.  As we all know, the farmland is not really that of a clean place.  Especially in China, where there are serious health concerns.

After a while of driving on the freeway, we exited and came to a large, hotel-like building.  It was situated adjacent to the farmland and stretch of roads.  It didn’t seem like a good place to eat at all.  Along with that, it was a rather strange building.  Walking in, we saw fish tanks full of exotic fish and two huge, prize motorcycles.


My friends and I went up the elevator, and a long hallway exposed itself.  We walked some ways, deeper into the extensive hallway, feeling apprehensive about where we were heading.

And then we entered into this room.

Looks like an APEC Conference

Welcome to the APEC Conference

We honestly did not expect to enter a dining room the size of a hotel lobby.  We paid so little, yet were invited to eat at a dining room for the royals!  What kind of world had I entered?

The dining table alone could seat 20-30 people, and it even boasted a never seen before, mini water fountain.

I don't think you can find this in the White House

I don’t think you can find this in the White House

One can literally put this dining table in an art museum.  As shown, the water park is crafted with extraordinary detail, and it even spews out water often.  There is one problem though, we’re at a restaurant, not at an amusement park.

Along with that, we ate some delicious food.  We were fed the traditional Cantonese dished familiar to Hong Kong and the Chinese eateries back in LA.

Typical roasted duck

Typical roasted duck

Typical roasted pork

Typical roasted pork

For dessert, we had an authentic pudding, which I had never seen before.  It was quite unique, considering that we had a choice of numerous syrups to apply onto the pudding.

Candle at bottom of each pitcher

Candle at bottom of each pitcher

My pudding with syrup

My pudding with syrup

Not long after, we found ourselves on the crowded highway again, heading back to the bustling city scene.  We were all confounded by the encounters of what seemed like an arid countryside.  There may be more lights, more city scenes and tourist attractions in the city, and the rural setting might not be worth a visit for many.  Nonetheless, my expedition has not gone to waste.

Some city folk like I may like guided tours and Ritz-Carlton hotels, but eating bugs for dinner and having your dining room look like an APEC Conference never felt so exhilarating.




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