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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chongqing: Not Just For Hotpots

I do love food that comes in all forms....of transportation.  Some of my best childhood memories are bonded to mobile food vendors - on stalls, bicycles, motorcycles, trishaws, vans, trucks, and buses.   
One of the few bright colourful sights in dreary Chongqing : the snack bus under a freeway
Chongqing, one of the PRC's four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China, also has the distinct honour of being known as the official hotpot capital of the world.  (Chengdu was also in the running for the title - back when the powers that be were deciding on such matters - but hey, you can't have the pandas and the hotpot prizes too...that's just plain greedy.)  So far, I didn't see any hotpot trucks whilst in Chongqing, but I'd no doubt they were parked under some other freeways instead, sloshing out that lethally numbing mala-based stock to the hardy locals.

The communal hotpot lunch.  This one is the more "sanitary" version,
with each diner getting their own mini pot for themselves

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