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  • RegisteredMay 27, 2008
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Forums > Food & Drink > Aubergine street snack

That's Shaokao Qiezi. There are a lot of variations, but the basics are simple. Just as Hedgepig said, cook it whole on the grill. Make sure you get the long skinny "Japanese eggplant", and try to buy one with really dark purple skin.
Cook it whole until it's mushy. Then, slice it down the middle (not in half), and make sure you cut it up inside against the grain (best with scissors).
Basic ingredients seem to be:
- minced pork, usually fried with hot peppers
- garlic
- cilantro leaves

You can also make some cool variations with stuff like the fermented tofu paste (fu lu), different meats, even Mexican salsa.

Forums > Food & Drink > Lazy Bones Pizza - false advertising?

Allow me to clarify. I've been there before, and I can tell you that it's straight up.
When we went there, it was a flat rate of 25 kuai per person (beer not included), and you can order as many pizzas as you want, even half-half to get a taste for the different flavors. It works out to be a decent deal if you have a bunch of people, because you can try a bunch of different stuff. If you come alone, it amounts to basically getting a heavily discounted pie (I doubt you could eat more than one by yourself).
So basically, it's all you can eat, but it's not a buffet.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Changing Money

If you deal with a money changer, the best way to protect yourself is to set up a multi-currency account at BOC, and have the money directly deposited there as part of the transaction. That eliminates the counterfeit risk. Then you can withdraw the cash (only at the main bank office), or just pull it out of an ATM back home for a fee.

Forums > Living in Kunming > kundu stabbing?

I'd like to echo Danmairen in that there's really no point in turning this into some "us v them" thing. That gets us nowhere. The line I draw between "us" and "them" has nothing do do with being foreign or Chinese, as there are plenty of Chinese people I identify more with than some of the foreign morons I see running around Kunming.

The incident at Kundu is a shame. My condolences to family and friends.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Electric bicycle ban..

I'm all for better enforcement for cars, but let's face it, the electric bike craziness is out of control. It's not a ban, it's cops at the intersection fining people for taking their whole families on a tiny bike, riding at a young age, running traffic lights and plowing through pedestrian zones. I'm not sure why people are so against that.


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The problem with providing convenient parking for everyone is that more people will choose to buy cars or drive into the city when they would have otherwise taken transit.

The standard fine for illegal parking is 150 RMB. Problem is, it's very poorly enforced. The streetside parking is also poorly managed. Those people are supposed to be keeping a lid on bad parking, but they will often direct drivers to double park, blocking the street, or even park on the sidewalks, so they can collect more money.

"Taking the trees away to recuperate." I didn't see them taking the trees from Xuefu Lu, but I've seen them removing them from other parts of town, and the workers were basically just chopping the trees to pieces.

Based on what we've seen for the other metro lines, Xuefu Lu is going to be a mess for years. All of the problems they have complained about: bedrock, difficulty managing traffic, etc, are going to hit them at Xuefu in spades. There are also, if my sources are correct, extensive bunkers down there from WWII, which were probably expanded (without maps) during the CR.

If they don't revert Yi Er Yi to two-way, that whole quadrant of the city is toast.

Are you sure the Hui don't top one million? I seem to remember hearing they were the largest or second largest minority group in the province

"as Kunming media outlets reveal the presence of dense basalt deposits in the path of multiple tunnels routinely hampered progress."

This has been known for years and years. In the early 2000s, people were holding this up as the reason why Kunming would never have a subway.

I'm guessing engineers brought it up in their time and cost projections, and the officials in charge ignored them. You don't start digging long tunnels underneath a city without taking a look at what the ground is made of.



Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful art deco setting. The bar is also top notch, with great cocktails, whiskys and cigars.

When the weather is good, try to get a table on the rooftop garden, which offers views of the Bird and Flower market.

May be a little pricier than some of the other Thai restaurants in town.


An exciting new gallery space built from an old factory warehouse in the Paoluda Creative Industry Park. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with it.


A great little place in the middle of a beautiful valley chock full of great climbing spots.

The beds and rooms are very comfortable, though the bathrooms are shared, and of the "eco" variety (a plus as far as I'm concerned).

The owners are very helpful about everything from info on climbing spots to trip planning and getting around the area.

Also, the place is dirt cheap. I wholeheartedly recommend it.


I heard they revamped the burgers so I went there for one last night. Had the blue cheese burger. Total mess, cheese and carmelized onions dripping all over the place. It was awesome.