Something that has impressed me in every Chinese city I have visited, is the availability of fresh whole foods. The farmer’s market (as we call them back home) are chock full of beautiful fresh meat, seafood (if you are in the south), fruits and vegetables!
This list is just a sampling of the common vegetable greens, roots, beans, & mushrooms – but there are sure to be many not listed here. I mean truly the markets here are overflowing with real, beautiful food to be enjoyed! In this post I highlight some common, yet often puzzling, vegetables that are available in most markets in our cities. I’ve organized these by Leafy Greens, Onion & Garlic Green Toppers, Roots Veg, Beans & Sprouts, Eggplant & Melons & Cucumber, and then Mushrooms.
Now, this will likely leave you with the ‘oh-my-goodness-what-delicious food-do-I-make-now’ dilemma! You can find some great recipes online, or just try substituting this lovely food in your traditional recipes. I made the most delicious mushroom soup with a mixture of the many mushrooms available in the market!
I hope this visually helps you out on your next trip to the market! Bon appetite or as we say here in China, qǐngmànyòng 请慢用 (which literally means “please eat slowly”, but is better translated as “enjoy your meal”)!
Onion & Garlic Green Toppers
Eggplant & Melons & Cucumber
Beans & Sprouts
Are you ready to shop in a Chinese farmer’s market?
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Susan is an American woman living a dream — a dream to live and work in community in different countries! Two years in to her journey, she is learning more about herself, more about the world, and building bridges through common language as an ESL teacher with EF Kids and Teens in Taizhou, Zheijiang, China.You can read more about Susan’s experiences as an ESL teacher and her life here in China at www.facebook.com/LilyVees/. #Livin’aDreamInChina!