Where in the World…


We just arrived. And it’s colder and wetter than we had expected at this time of year. We don’t understand a word that’s spoken. And our gmail doesn’t work, nor can you google anything. But we ventured out of our hotel on foot for a quick look around the neighborhood. While the characters are in one language, the food is not something you would typically expect in this country. The walnuts are the most ginormous you have ever seen, and the fresh pomegranate juice is to die for, while the dried fruit is abundant and dirt cheap. There was no pork in sight, but the aromas of lamb were intoxicating.


Less than two hours on this street has totally re-invigorated Marketman. I remembered why the earlier days of this blog (markets, ingredients, visits to new places near and far) were so much fun to write about — rather than just a single instagram photo and a clever line or two — for those with an attention span of just seconds. This food street is such a unique setting with so much mouth-watering food that I fear we will only be able to taste a teeny tiny fraction of what’s on offer. The final hint? The Northern route of the “Silk Road” is believed to have started here…


18 Responses

  1. Happy that u r inspired n the creative juices are flowing. Missing ur blog posts. Too few these days…Enjoy and stay inspired : )

  2. 1st pic was Drum Tower of Xi’an; 2nd pic was the unforgettable Xian Muslim Market, where you can have the most delicious persimmon cake, flaky hopia with various filling (love the walnut/essence of rose), mochi (steamed like puto bungbong), lamb bbq/fruits on stick and best mutton soup… all very inexpensive except the hopia. One of the best food trips (plus Beijing peking duck) we had!

  3. Xian. Lots of happy memories with colleagues, some of them local Muslim, who took us to their favorite restaurants. Not what immediately comes to mind as typical Chinese food. When are you off to the terracotta warriors?

  4. In the Land of the Uyghurs…
    The name of the place I forgot, I only remember the people because of the unique pronunciation and its potential in Scarbble™.


  5. *After reading the comments/next post:
    Oh, it’s Xi’an…hehe, maybe on the next trip. :D

  6. Glad to learn you finally made it to China and gladder still to find out that what you’ve seen so far seems to reignite your food blogging mojo. Knew all along that it’s just a matter of time till you book a courtyard suite at Aman’s Summer Palace Beijing. Learn to say “tài guì” to the agressive hawkers in Xi-an.

  7. Hahaha, Footloose you know me all too well. We had briefly considered a two night stay at a villa in Amanfayun in Hangzhou on our way to a buying trip to Yiwu a few hours away (we get supplies for new restaurants here in China now)… it looks spectacular and we were in the Hangzhou area last year before a visit to Shanghai on that trip… Beijing is a whole new adventure I suspect, though Mrs. MM says the terra cotta warriors probably eclipse her desire to see the Great Wall…

    The tea fields near Amanfayun are supposed to be spectacular as well.

  8. I too skipped the Great Wall (well, not literally) but there is simply no way around the Collections of the Palace Museum whether in Beijing or Taipei.

  9. IMO, the Great Wall was one of the most fascinating sights we’ve been to. I think the trick is to go through a less touristy section, in our case we went to Mutianyu and not to popular, crowded Badaling.

  10. Agree with Nina. Great Wall is an amazing site to see. Dont go to Badaling. Thats where all the tourist go. Go to Mutianyu. Its a trek up to the cable cars that take you up but the cool thing is you can go down via luge.

  11. Glad to hear,see more elaborate posting I follow you on Instagram but I love it here better.



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