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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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Great stuff. Keep it coming.
Here are a few suggestions/requests for future cooking posts:
- su hongdou (crispy red beans n kale)
- kao qiezi (roast eggplant, shaokao style)
- erkuai ji (chicken w/ erkuai)

It's great to see, after all these years of talk, that environmental policy might be starting to grow some teeth.
I've also read that a lot of Beijingers and city govt leaders are looking at how they can keep up the environmental improvements they made during the Olympics. Some good came out of those games after all.

There is actually one last segment of the wall still intact. It stretches along the back of the restaurants in wenhua xiang that abut the Yunda foreign students dorm. The wall can be seen from some of those dorm rooms, and was visible from the street a few years ago when many of those restaurants were rebuilt.

Good stuff. Too many people keep trying to tell me that this building is the old French legation. I've even seen it written in the guide books



Right next to my office, so I eat here pretty often. The place has a nice garden design with lots of outdoor seating for nice days.

A nice menu of Western food with solid brunch choices, fresh fruit juice mixes, and good salads. The burger is also very good.


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.