Women were selling biscuits from plastic bags all over Marrakech. The biscuits might be an amazing Moroccan delicacy however I never tried as the bags always contained a lot of wasps. I’m not a big fan of wasps.
A man on a cart brings sugar cane fresh from the fields. You pay your money (about £1 for a metre section) and he smooths off the tough knots dividing the segments using a cleaver. You wash, then proceed to gnaw on the cane, crunching the fibrous wood to extract the sugary liquid. The dry fibres are then spat out (onto the floor – why not, it’s China).
I appreciate that this may just look like a shiny mess of yellow and green things, but I found it quite exciting as it’s the first time outside of China that I’ve had an authentic version of one of my favourite dishes.
It’s called ‘North East people three fresh vegetables of the earth’, or dong bei ren di san xian – potato, aubergine (eggplant to all non-English speakers), and bell peppers, covered in a dark gravy-like sauce. Sounds lovely eh?
Eaten at My Old Place near Liverpool Street, which was like stepping into a canteen in China. Their egg and chive dumplings were also very good.
So it’s Chinese mid-autumn festival time and with that you have mooncakes. Traditional ones are made of pastry, have an egg inside, and contain about a million calories. I much prefer these mooncakes from Da Ban which are less sweet, and contain more interesting fillings.
The outer skin is made from sticky rice, with a bean paste and something else filling. The photo shows the toffee flavour. The one labelled ‘heart too soft’ was my favourite and contained chocolate sauce, but I ate it before I could take a photo. Yum.
Tucked away on Goldhawk Road this Szechuan BBQ place serves up spiced meats and vegetables at cheap prices – 75p per veggie skewer, and 85p per meat skewer. Several warnings are needed though – it’s easy to spend more than you think, and it’s Szechuan hot. Don’t come here looking for sweet and sour pork.