China is one of the greatest places to get fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables all year round. As I mentioned before they view refrigeration quite a bit differently than we do in the States. We are very grateful to have a refrigerator in our apartment. It measures about five feet tall by about two feet wide - fairly small by American standards. It's common for people here to go to the market daily to keep enough food for their families. Because of the small food storage space, plus the fact that we want to take advantage of the fresh local food avalable to us, I have found that we go to the market what seems to be an astounding number of times for just the two of us!
So off iI went to the market, with iPhone in hand to snap some pictures for you all.
By the way, here's our breakfast: notice the food options on the menu. . . You just point and hope for the best!!
Step 1: Get on the elevator.
Funny thing here: notice that there are no multiples of four on the elevator buttons. That's because the Chinese word for "four" sounds eerily similar to the word "death". Thus, no fours anywhere if they can help it. For instance, our apartment building is #5, but we're the fourth building in the row. . .
Step 2: Walk to the bus stop.
This is a pretty little road I walk down. . . . .
to get to the bus stop where I take the #1 bus (obviously).
Step 3: Cross the street.
Yes, this deserves its own step. Crossing a street in China is much easier said than done. Notice that there's no stoplight, no crossing guard, and basically. . . . NO RULES! Real life frogger. But I made it.
Step 4: The Dry Market!
This is the dry market. People come here to get dry foods - noodles, chips, rice, sauces; they also carry some beauty and hygiene things as well as household items like pots and pans. It’s basically the target of Clifford Estates.
They even have Chinese Oreos (which I got for 6 yuan. . . a little less than a dollar).
Step 5: The Wet Market!
This is the wet market. It’s where things get a little more intense. There are lots of vendors here selling things like fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, duck, crabs, chicken, pork, mushrooms, rice. . . You get the idea. There’s nothing quite like the hearing squeal of a chicken while a satisfied customer looks on, grinning about dinner later. Clifford Estates is not a touristy place at all and I was trying not to look tooooo Western by taking pictures of everything. But here are some snapshots.
The Fruit and Vegetable, Eggs section
Aaaaand the scary meat section
Step 6: Cross the street again and find the bus stop.
(Admittedly this is the part where I got a little lost.) But I finally found the bus stop! And live to go the the market another day.
Enjoy your favorite foods (and maybe some new ones) today. :)