Wednesday, November 9th, two days left.
Met Jenna (Chinese teacher) for lunch, my first and only “hot pot.” We had to try several places before finding one that didn’t use beef fat in the broth. I loved the retro look to this place: Mao posters, rifles on the walls, and every staff member was wearing a red star.
We got the “white broth,” which was vegetarian, and served with only vegetables. The sauce being served with the hot pot was a mix of chopped cilantro leaves, minced garlic, minced green onion, minced hot peppers, all floating in sesame oil.
The idea is to cook the vegetables in the white broth, then pick them out, dip them in the sauce, and eat.
After lunch we walked down to the oldest part of town, and walked back. That’s about 6 miles! Along the way I said goodbye to owls, Mother’s Kitchen, and a shooting gallery using crossbows.