I spent last weekend in the culinary capital of southern China; Guangzhou. To say I ate a lot of food would be an understatement. It felt like a two day non-stop tour of East-Asia cuisine with my stomach bearing the brunt of all manors of Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese delights!
Before visiting Guangzhou I was warned by many friends to be careful with tales of thievery and general social disorder so it was with some anticipation that I stepped off the train on Saturday morning. Whilst the city is a bit grubby around the edges it wasn’t as bad as I had been led to expect and indeed the city has a far richer history and culture than Shenzhen (being founded in 214BC). It was however very crowded so if you’re claustrophobic I’d advise staying away!
Lunch: various duck parts cooked to perfection – very spicy but a sweet sauce takes the edge off.
Dinner: Vietnamese cold noodle salad with chicken curry (not shown) – seriously delicious.
Breakfast: Dim Sum – small parcels of Chinese heaven but eating too much may make you end up like my namesake (David = Da Wei = “big stomach”).
By the time it got to lunch on Sunday, it was all getting a bit much and it was all I could do to manage a few pieces of sushi despite my friend’s protestations! After that, it was time to head home oh train which was a welcome chance to relax and let the contents of my stomach digest. Sufficed to say no dinner was needed Sunday night 🙂
P.s. if your looking for cheap hotels in China check out the 7 Days Inn chain. I stayed in one overnight and found it clean and comfortable for an amazing 160 RMB (£15). They don’t seem to have an English website but the staff could understand me OK.