Beijing Cai

Doufu

Yesterday, we circulated back to Lao Lao’s side of the family. This time, meeting with her and her two younger sisters just inside of the South Fifth Ring Road. We had a great time at San Yi Lao Lao’s house, and then headed off to an absolutely huge restaurant for lunch.

One of the main dishes was doufu (mostly known in the West by the Japanese name of tofu). When the waitress brought the doufu out, it was covered in four flaps of cloth. She gingerly pealed back each flap, scooped out a small piece with a spoon, and laid it on top of the dish.

btw, San Yi Lao Lao means the third daughter born to Shanshan’s maternal great-grandmother. Which is to say, the youngest of Shanshan’s maternal grandmother’s two sisters. Yep, this time of year also means trying to keep the names in the family hierarchy straight.

To make things more fun, in relation to Chong Chong, she’d be San Yi Lao Zu. Enough.

Beijing Hotpot

A traditional Beijing hotpot in the restaurant I posted about yesterday. It is made of brass, with a coal-fired chimney. The damper at the top of the chimney is used to control the heat. Underneath the lid is a moat which is filled with broth.

San Lun Che and Lions

Taken two days ago outside our closest traditional Beijing restaurant.

It is snowing right now. In a few minutes, we’ll be “trekking” the long block or so needed to get there. Lao Lao and Lao Zu have gone ahead to get seats.

I like it when it snows during Spring Festival… a nice juxtaposition of snowfall amidst the din of firecrackers.

Big Market

A newly-opened market inside an old industrial space (no idea about what purpose it once served).

Although the floor is dusty, the quality of the goods sold there are quite high, and the prices are lower than in the chain supermarket across from our apartment complex.

Since it is still fairly close to us, Lao Lao and Lao Ye go there almost daily to get our foodstuff.

Chinese Fruit Bowl

Once again, providing proof that the tomato is indeed not a vegetable.

And, for the record, I hate tomatoes.


This photo was taken with my iPhone 4. I think it is one of the clearest photographs I’ve taken with that device.

The grain is due to this being just a detail of the original. As usual, I developed the image using Lightroom.