Lured In By the Aroma of Chinese Take Away Breakfast

By Mark Wiens No Comments

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We’ve all been faced with sudden food impulse purchases.

If the sight of something luscious doesn’t first catch our attention, the fragrant aroma or the comforting vendor surely will. Sometimes, like in the case of Mama Chapati, it was all the above that lured me in.

The entire continent of Asia is a culinary playground; I tend to find myself in a daze of grazing from one snack to the next.

So when walking through the odd town of Sanjiang, China, it was this motherly lady with an assortment of steamed goodies that made me stop in my path.

Sticky Rice in Sanjiang, China
Sticky Rice in Sanjiang, China

Her delightful breakfast meal first began with a blob of yellowish glutinous rice which she picked up in a paper thin plastic bag.

She scooped it out with the bag inside-out and then quickly maneuvered it back outside-in and full of rice.

Chinese Breakfast Lady
Chinese Breakfast Lady

From there it was a personal choice as to what toppings to layer on top. She had about 12 different items, each a unique salty flavor and I wanted to sample all of them – but knew I should use self control to limit my pickings.

Filling My Take-Away Bag
Filling My Take-Away Bag

I went with a selection that included a fried egg, salted tofu, preserved fish, and some whole roasted green peppers.

She piled everything in the bag and tied it up so the steam from each ingredient blended together. The combination almost melted together forming a true comfort food.

I gladly paid my 4 CNY (about $0.63 US), extremely excited.

Selection of Dishes
Selection of Dishes

Unfortunately there are no photos of my final take-away, I was too hungry and gobbled it down before I could get a shot off!

Apart from meaningful cultural encounters, it’s the little home style cooked treats like this that leave me smiling and happy to be traveling!

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