I start with something simple and fabulous, a lunch of pork dumplings with spicy chili sauce, minced garlic, and pickles. To accompany it, the server didn't ask if I wanted anything to drink, but automatically brought me a cup of hot water and kept it refilled through the meal. This is very traditional in modern China, to drink hot water or hot tea through the day and with meals.
Spicy pork dumplings
Spicy beef brisket noodles
One day, I wander into the high-end shopping district near Tianfu Square and find a food court in the bottom floor of a mall. There, I choose a platter of chicken, beef, vegetables, noodles, spaghetti, soup, and rice, all for 36 RMB ($5.21 USD). It sounds like quite a combination and it is. I enjoy it all!
Chicken, beef, vegetables on top, noodles and spaghetti
on bottom, soup and rice on the side
Meanwhile, out on the street, the vendors are selling great looking and smelling treats.
And, the markets have fabulous displays of produce and prepared foods.
Herbs and spices
Everything is fresh and inviting and I only wish that I could spend a few more days and sample some more of this fabulous cuisine!