Guangzhou, China, taken on April 8, 2015
To me, nothing screams “nostalgia” more than food from my childhood, especially the cow offals (internal organs) – we call them “ngau jap” in Cantonese – that were ubiquitous on the streets of Guangzhou. Nowadays I can get this in Canada as well, but the ones sold at food carts in random corners or alleys in Guangzhou are still the best because they’ve retained the original taste and smell that fill the streets before you even reach them. And it’s the taste and smell of long-forgotten childhood that restore all of those buried memories, so precious and so nostalgic.
Hsinchu, Taiwan, taken on January 9, 2008
For some simple Taiwanese street food, here’s a plate of dried tofu with chili sauce, garlic, and Chinese sauerkraut. At this joint, you serve yourself and in the end you pay for whatever is on the plate. The bright colours certainly stimulate the appetite, don’t they? 😉
Guangzhou, China, taken on April 10, 2015
My hometown Guanghzou is known for its street food and I was glad to have tried some during my most recent visit. Sometimes good ol’ simplicity is better than anything any restaurant can offer!
Hsinchu, Taiwan, taken on January 15, 2008
The one thing that I dearly miss about living in Taiwan was the easily accessible variety of delicious street available everywhere. There was a shop nearby the place I used to live where my companion and I would often go for a late-night snack. This is a typical order: xialongbao (literally “little caged buns”), dumplings (or “pot stickers” if that’s what you prefer to call them), radish cake, and egg pancake. I am drooling as I am reminded of the wonders of Taiwanese street food…someone bring me back there, please!