Alright so check it out guys, it’s Trevor James. We just got into Shaxi,deep in Yunnan province. And today we’re going fora full-on market tour. This is one of the lastremaining Tea Horse Road farmer’s markets full of Bai and Yi people and local foods. I’m so pumped, let’s go check it out. As you make your way into Yunnan province on the Tea Horse Road, you encounter some incredibly beautiful scenery and some food that will blow you away. We came here to Shaxi to find the last remaining intact Tea Horse Road farmer’s market and found some amazing street food joints you’re not going to want to miss. Starting out bright and early at the once-per-week market every Friday morning. We found five delicious street foods, and one amazing Bai style local lunch feast you’re going to love. Including a do-it-yourself custom sticky rice noodle, some fried chickpea starch jelly and a lot more. Let’s eat. Awesome. This is a like a… Look at that, I think it’s like a big curdled milk ball. It’s like a big curdled milk ball. Oh, look at that. Wow, alright. This is actually almost exactly like a mild mozzarella cheese. It has almost no flavors. It’s not sour, it just tastes like you’re biting into milk almost. It’s really nice. Next up, we took a quick little walk through the morning market and found a breakfast stall serving a variety of different soups and rice with side
dishes known as dai fan. This was an amazing market to visit. Oh, what do we have here? Oh, broad been soup. Awesome. Tai bang le, look at this, guys. Looks like we have some nan guan pumpkin with pork and fennel greens. Oh, that’s a fresh one. Oh looks like there’s some fresh chilies, green onions, chili oil, lots of chili in there. And then there’s also some eggplant, chili eggplant. Oh lot’s of veg here, this is a healthy breakfast. That just looks so healthy. Big broad beans, nice chunks of radish, huge fatty spare ribs, oh beautiful. I grabbed some stir fried pork. Lots of green onions, lots of fresh chilies. Oh yeah, that looks so fantastic. There’s actually a bit of a sour, spicy kick to that. Bit of pickled greens, and that pork is juicy. Look at those big broad beans, guys. Those are big and plump. Nice clear broth. Let’s get a big bite of those. Oh that is mm! Oh those broad beans are so nutritious. They put fatty pork chunks in there along with the broad bean, so you do have a really nice and deep, complex pork broth. After that nice breakfast, we had a quick little walk around town before making our way to find a ton of pre-lunch street food. This is honestly the coolest old little town. Look at all these classic Tea Horse Road-style buildings. They’re all preserved really well.
They’re all made of wood, and there’s just so much to explore here. We’re only here for half a day. You could literally spend a week exploring this whole countryside, eating delicious food, and chatting with nice people. This is bsolutely stunning. You can just picture the history here, horses, tea, lots of people selling food, produce, this is saturated with history, guys. Beautiful. This where you find some custom noodle. Okay, we’re going to get some fresh sticky rice noodles. And then you can choose whatever you want here. There is so much stuff here. And then there’s also some green onions, cilantro and It’s all here and you can chooser whatever you want with these sticky rice noodles. Some fresh pea shoots, pea greens. What’s beautiful about this is you can choose whatever you want, all of these ingredients you can put into your bowl of sticky rice noodles. So it’s a nice light broth, sticky rice noodle. They’re falling apart. And then some wan do jen. Look at this, guys. So we have a beautiful bowl of sticky rice noodles, specialty in Yunnan, with some wan do jen, pea shoots, pea greens, and then we can choose anything we want here. That is incredible. Okay, first up, must important, we’re going to hit the chili oil. Beautiful, just pour a little bit of that. Get a little more oil, get a little more oil, oh yeah, look at that. Then we’re going to get a little bit of vinegar and soy sauce mixed with ginger and garlic and chili. That is going to be powerful, oh yeah. Little bit of peanut, awesome. Awesome. That is beautiful, I’ve never seen this make-you-own noodles in China before. You can just put whatever you want. Put some soy beans, some garlic. Oh yeah, that’s going to start a day. (speaks in foreign language) just to make it have a touch of numb. Top top it off. Give it a little bit of mouth-numbing kick. And of course, onion and cilantro mix. Beautiful, that is heaven. And we’re going to put a little bit of pickle radish just to finish the deal, awesome. We have some special bing here, we have meigui which is rose filling in a little pastry cake. And then we have dousha, which is red bean and a uabin, this one, there’s thousands different types, this one she said has mint, brown sugar, sesame. But we’re going to go right in for these beautiful custom noodles. Oh, look at those, mix that up. Wow that flavor is just going to be, oh! Look at all that chili oil, look at all that chili paste. Peanuts, oh I can smell the peanuts, I can smell the walnut. Oh, my mouth is watering here. This is just awesome, there’s greens, there’s chili, there’s vinegar, there’s soy sauce. Awesome. That actually looks super thick. Beautiful, dripping sticky rice noodles.
There is a lot going on in there. It’s sour from the vinegar, it’s super garlicky I put a ton of garlic in there. Sticky rice noodles are very chewy. They’re actually very chewy. That is just a powerful bomb. The pork sauce, the pork mixed ground pork gravy also packs a huge, enjoyable fragrance. With the cilantro, the onion, the peanut. It’s all in there, guys. After enjoying the beautiful rose and walnut-stuffed pastries and the red bean pastries as well, we continued through the market and found a couple more delicious street foods before going for a huge Bai-style lunch feast packed with fresh Yunnan mushrooms. So we just found a bunch of huajan there’s tons of different flavors here, there’s dofuru, fermented tofu with chili, the fentail rice noodles with pork, there’s green onion and pork, there’s regular mantou, and it’s all here I think I’m going to order one up. I think I’m going to go for the dofuru fermented tofu flavor. Nice. Fresh huajan, oh it’s steaming hot. We just got a steaming hot huajan. This is like a steamed flower puff filled with fermented, wow, look at that. Filled with fermented tofu chili sauce. You can really smell that stenchy, potent fermented tofu flavor. And we are deep in the market here, this is just amazing. Mm, wow that is definitely super fluffy. Super salty, fermented, almost cheesy. Wow it almost has a salty cheese flavor. Oh, that will wake you right up. That is a potent huajuan. Right before our lunch feast, there was one more super interesting street food that you’re going to want to try the minute you see it. Colorful starch jelly and fried red heart potato. So she said this is a red heart potato and this is a liangfen, some time of starch jelly that she’s frying here. So unique. She’s making it into a salad. Beautiful. Oh, peanut butter in there. So it’s a type of starch jelly. So it’s like a green starch jelly that she’s frying here. And there is some red hearted potatoes, that is the direct translation. That is amazing, that is so delicious. It tastes like a spicy peanut butter. Except it’s not sweet at all. It’s like a spicy peanut butter over a starch jelly. The starch jelly almost has no flavor. It’s just maybe slightly earthy. I want to try one of these red hearted potatoes. I think that’s what she’s cutting right here. That is beautiful. Look at that, look at that purple color there. Then she fries it and it gets all brown and crispy. Awesome. Tastes exactly like a potato, with a crispy outside and a spicy peanut butter outside. This cottage cheese, mozza cheese ball that we had this morning, we’re actually going to try it different now. She’s offered to fry it. She’s saying it much better than eating it plain. You take this mozza ball. I’m not sure if that’s actually what it is, but that’s exactly what it tastes like. And you fry it. That is just beautiful, look at that. She’s frying it up in slices. And that oil actually has a bit of flavor. Wow, yeah look at that. I’m going to mix it up myself. Oh yeah, I’m going to mix it in there myself. Fry it up. I think she’s going to put that same flavor on. Oh wow, that milk is getting a crispy edge to it. It’s like a cottage cheese mozzarella. You can really smell that milky, cheesy odor. She’s put it right on top of the starch jelly, you see. This is the starch jelly that you make fried. She’s putting pomrin oh top, oh yeah, Bai white sugar. Nice, that’s beautiful. Oh, that’s a lot of sugar. Wow, that’s a lot of sugar. We just got that fried mozza cheese. It’s like milky, mozza cheese, and she just loaded it with white sugar. Tons of white sugar, crystals on there. And you can smell that milky odor, let’s try it out. When it’s fried, with the white sugar on it, you get that crispy outer layer, and you get that ultra sweet, ultra abundant sugar on there that really brings it up a sweetness level. After all that beautiful fried goodness, we made our way into a little courtyard restaurant to try out the truly fresh flavors of Yunnan. Had a beautiful meal packed with fresh veg and mushrooms and meat. Doesn’t get any better. This is just such an awesome market, guys. So much action, so much stuff going on Produce, meat, snacks to try. And now we’re going to make are way for a big lunch. Let’s check it out. Alright, we’re going into a little courtyard restaurant. Let’s see what we can get to eat. Wow, look at this, guys. Awesome, look at this. There is salted fatty pork. This is a specialty in Yunnan, salted pork and we’re going to order that up. And then look at all the ingredients here you can choose from. Tons of different fresh produce and veg. All from Yunnan, all locally grown here. Mushrooms, look at all the mushrooms here. Tons of different fresh Yunnan mushrooms. But look over here, I just spotted this one. This is a specialty in Yunnan, the song rong These are very expensive, and we’re just at the tail-end of the season right now, so we’re going to have to order that up and get a bunch of food. Beautiful, look at this massive Yunnan feast we’ve got here, guys. There is so many specialties here. Look at this, this is what I’ve been wanting to try for so long. This is the song rong mushroom, the matsutake mushroom grown here in Yunnan, and it is right at the end of the season. This is a matsutake spare rib soup. That looks absolutely nutritious and hearty. And then look over here, we have a specialty Yunnan salted pork, you can see it hanging up over there, it’s fried in fresh bell peppers and a type of garlic bolts. That just looks fantastic. And then look over here. These are red pine mushrooms, fried in green onions and bell peppers, red pine mushrooms, there’s a bit of dried chilies in there as well. And then over here we have some greens, and specialty lemongrass fried spare ribs. That just looks incredible. And then this over here is called choy me tai. I didn’t know what that was, but look at all that purple juice that comes out when it’s cooked. Looked it up, and it’s called amantis. We’re just going to try out the soup first thing because that looks so delicious, and this is the number one thing. These mushrooms are exported across Asia and are very expensive. Such a flavorful mushroom, the umami flavor in that broth is incredible. Wow, oh it brings out so much flavor. We are going to try some of this Yunnan salted pork hanging up over there. Let’s try some of that, oh beautiful. Look at that, it’s fried in bell peppers and garlic bolts and looks amazing. Mm, that has the most rich ham flavor. You can tell the salt brine they use is rich and strong, it actually almost has like, a pastrami flavor it is so strong. With those bell peppers, those garlic bolts, that is the most intense, strong ham you’ll ever have. This is why Yunnan is one of the best places to eat in China. The food is so fresh, you’ll never want to leave. People so friendly and warm, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Just coming to a morning market like this, and you can discover it all. Thank you so much for watching these Tea Horse Road street food videos. We had a great time here in Shaxi. It is absolutely beautiful, awesome day trip from Dali and awesome market every Friday. I would love to know what you thought about this video in the comments down below, and please click that little notification button and subscribe button, so you can get all of these street food tours. Thanks so much for watching, guys.