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
- 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.