|In Kunming we met many Hui Tribe men who are experts in the making of la mien.|
Another typical variety of lamian is Shandong lamian (山东拉面), from the eastern province of Shandong.
|In Kunming we met many Hui Tribe men who are experts in the making of la mien.|
|The rice sheet noodles in the final state and are ready to be taken out by sister Li for sale at the familiar street corner.|
|My friends and I were given some as a "welcoming" treat after visiting the factory. If this is a first time for you to try the sheet noodle it would be polite to slice off a smaller piece...but never never say "I don't know how to eat this". I know many people who think they are too good for some kind of food and snub the food offered.|
If my friends say something like this I would snap back and say.."If you have thanked God for the food please eat nicely and you would never know when your next meal may be..." We must be always grateful for food on the table. Many millions of people have nothing to eat for days!!
|A special Yunnan chilli paste is kept in a plastic bottle and the rice sheet is cut into smaller pieces. I love the chilli paste she made. According to her this type of Yunnan chili paste is also available commercially. But she makes all her own pastes to keep the tastes the family likes. And furthermore it is more economical as she grows her own chillies in her farm.|
|This is a rolled up rice sheet with chilli paste filling. Excellent in texture and taste. I am thankful for the sustenance provided by the sister. She is really very accomodating and hospitable. Furthermore she is very articulate and I am sure if she had the opportunity to study she could have become a lecturer too.|
I left her home energized and feeling at peace with Heaven for providing such a wonderful and enterprising woman to this village...She who has helped her husband's family to prosper . We have to admire her for her resilience and infinite tolerance and love for her family.
She is indeed one of millions of Chinese women who has helped lift up the Chinese sky.
And how often do women stand by their men when things are not that rosy!!
Recipe for Chili sauce : Pound together a handful of dried chillies and two tablespoons of sichuan peppercorns. Add some cloves and five spices and garlic. Pound. Finally add sugar and salt and some preserved brown or black beans. You can add other spices to create your own chillie sauce. In order to preserve the chilli sauce for several months simmer the paste in cooking oil for about 1 hour.
|Ladies waiting for their turn.|
|This elegant gentleman is happy in his thoughts.|
|This gentleman is patient and is extremely perfect in his swing.|
My short stay in Yunnan opened my eyes to many things. I realise how much the older people there care about their health. They spend their time in the parks with their friends and many of them get into teams to play organised games. Some even dance in the park every evening!! They are really enjoying their sunset years with viguour.
|What about a smoke friend?|
|Man enjoying his pipe while waiting for customers for his taxi.|
|Pipe smoking - when guests arrive for a feast they are expected to smoke using the communal pipe provided (note the low chairs)|
|More people enjoying the smoking...|
|In one of our evening walks we came by this housing area. We met an old lady who was going to cook her dinner.|
|One of the family members probably owns this little business - a trolley and glass box displaying lots of Honghe area's cigarettes and other daily items.|
|The old lady and her basket of good fire wood. This old lady reminded me so much of my own maternal grandmother!!|
|Painting from Wikipedia of Chinese scholar (with Phoenix embroidery) of the First Ranking.|
|One of the characters decorating the facade of the Examination Hall.|
|Ceramic ware on display in the Hall.|
|Costumes for the court examiners and adjudicators as well as supervisors and students. These could be rented for photo taking.|
|Three ladies of the 21st century taking their seats. Three on a bench. An official would have made sure that there was no cheating. It must have been nerve wrecking to take such an examination. But I really think all (men and women) should have been given a chance to win top marks.|
|Pretty tourist guides for the centre.|
|the main door way to the learning centre.|
|Confucian School of Learning in Jianshui|
Confucian teaching continues to be admired and organised. In Miri there is a big school near the Columbia Hospital. Many educationists also appreciate the methodology within Confucian teaching. Perhaps it is the Confucian way of teaching which has helped so many to be good scholars and mathematicians. Discipline of the mind is a fundamental value in Confucian learning in my own experience. I would agree that the younger generation of the Chinese should do some research on this topic and may help to open doors to better understanding of the Asian mind and how our brains work in modern days.
Note : The Chinese Imperial examination system had important influences on the Northcote-Trevelyan Report and hence on the reform of the Civil Service in British India and later in the United Kingdom.(Wikipedia)
|At the Yunnan Ethnic Minorities Cultural Village - there is this special food stall which sells lemang or bamboo rice in their dialect.|
It is prepared in almost the same way as our Sarawak lemang. The girl preparing it is very lovely and she serves us in a very gracious way - we were like royalty. Each lemang is only 5RMB or 2.50 ringgit. Our group shared one tube.
|My friend dividing the lemang with her chopsticks. I actually never thought of using chopsticks with lemang!! But this is the done thing here. Eating bamboo rice with chopsticks for centuries!!|
|The bamboo tubing is easily pried open..look how lovely the bamboo cooked rice is. It is a very convenient way of cooking rice while travelling in the mountains. Set up fire. find some bamboo. wash rice...and lo and behold..your evening meal is cooked in no time. Some times a fish or some meat is placed in the rice and cooked together...lovely to think of a meal like that in the open. I hope Anthony Bourdain would have another go coming to Borneo and taste better food in the jungle!!|
|Banana leave wrapped rice...this can come out of a bamoo and then wrapped in banana leaves for easy carrying in a back pack. Having travelled much in the jungles of Sarawak I find this a very natural way of dealing with our food. Sustanence is so traditional and our ancestral ways are more than intelligent!! Tribal knowledge should be respected by all means.|
|Black bears on the hill slope of Ping Bian|
|Factory where Bear Bile Powder and Wine are produced. Some bears are caged inside this huge building|
|Bear Bile (gall) wine|
Bear Gall (bile) powder
We visited a very special place called Ping Bian which is a small little town but it is really the centre of bear bile powder and wine production. In no time we were introduced to these products but we were not forced to buy. The locals could not get us into the factory because it was not possible for tourists to visit. We were allowed to watch the bears from a distance.
Later we were taken to several of the shops which sold the products. The ladies happily introduced us to the products and the benefits of taking them. But none of us actually bought them. When we asked our friends whether they did buy any for themselves. They said that they were still healthy!!
I suppose that is the best policy then. Stay healthy always and we don't have to over extract bile from the bears.
Note : The monetary value of the bile comes from the traditional prescription of bear bile by doctors practising traditional Chinese medicine. Bear bile contains ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), which is believed to reduce fever, protect the liver, improve eyesight, break down gallstones, and act as an anti-inflammatory.
|He tried to balance some of the beams. He was not able to pull the beams further up the cart.|
|The horse patiently waited for his master to solve the problem. Getting angry would not help the situation. He has a lot of "horse sense".|
There is a Chinese expression which says - in our lives we are often "horse and cow" to our loved ones.
But in fact out of duty and obligation we really have to pull our own weight to create the great balance in life.
But sometimes the last straw will break a camel's back....What will break a horse towards the end?
Like in "Animal Farm" by George Orwell the horse (Boxer) will remain true to his work load until he dies ...
A thought comes to mind. Are women still reckoned as draught animals in many places in the 21st century?
|Our first peanut milk based soup in Yunnan @ our first ever Yunnan meal.|
|Rich goose meat and bone stock for our hot pot meal in Kunming|
|Famous Yunnan Wild Mushrooms added to the goose hot pot|
|Village favourite - savoury spinach and peanut soup|
|Special beef and Rice Noodles (soup)|
toufoo and mountain wild vegetables soup
|Mountain vegetable and omelette soup|
|Fish and Salted Vegetable soup (Similar to the Iban Kasam Ensabi and Fish Soup)|
|Peanut Milk and pumpkin tops soup|
|Close up of Yunnan styled meat filled omelette/dumpling for soup|
|A special vegetable soup with egg omelette dumplings.|
|The milkiness of a good peanut milk soup|
|Toufoo and greens soup|
|Silky "huen tuon" or wantan.|
|Special Yunnan Huen Tuong Soup with Chinese parsley and coriander which will definitely make my son very happy. (At 3.50 RMB breakfast)|
|Special banquet styled pork knuckle soup (the flesh could be easily torn apart by a pair of chopsticks)|
|Hill Winter Melon Soup with Pork Bones|
|Crossing the Bridge Noodle and Huge Bowl of Superior Soup|
|Crossing the Bridge Mi Sien in soup with ingredients like veg etc...|
|A splendid display of hot pot with all the goodies hidden under the meat filled egg dumplings|
|Wild Vegetable Soup|
Gula apong, aka attap sugar aka palm sugar is the sweet sap of the nipah palm (Nypa fruticans) Nipah palms grow naturally and abundantly...