– I hope you're having an
amazing day, it's Mark Wiens. I am in Kunming, which is the biggest city and the capital city of
Yunnan province in China and today I'm going to
take you on a Chinese street food tour, we're going to eat some of the local specialties, so I'm excited to share this entire day of Chinese street food with you. (electronic music) – Morning guys, I'm in a bit of a rush this morning.
– Let me introduce you to Jerry, he's going to be taking us around today. It is bright and cold this
morning, it is about 8:45 am. (market salespersons speaking Mandarin) We have made it to the biggest market in downtown Kunming, we've
got to walk through this gate. Oh, look at those mushrooms. If I come down here I can actually smell that mushroomey aroma. There's truffles here, there's
some Matsutake mushrooms, oh yeah there's, ah, I
remember seeing those before. I don't know what most of
these mushrooms are but wow you can smell the mushroom aroma. (market noise) (foreign language) – [Jerry] Special type of red– – We're stopping first to eat, it's uh, well, you can see that
there are bees all over and you can, so you can
tell it's something sweet. But it looks like rice, there's both a pink version and a white version, we've got both to try, uh, I think it's a type of
like fermented rice, sweet.
How is that? – Beautiful. – [Mark] Get a little bit of the meat and, – [Jerry] Get the liquid, get liquid. This is important. – Mm, oh yeah. It has a little bit of an
alcoholic taste but it's sweet. It's kind of like a, a rice pudding, but you can still feel the kernels of rice and then you've got the
rice wine flavor of it. Mm, oh they do have slightly a little bit of a different taste. I think the red one, is a little sweeter. And then the white one
is a little more sour. (speaking Mandarin) Okay they have some big huge pans of spicy chicken feet over here and people are kind of just
rummaging through them picking out chicken feet, um, but she's also giving samples, so she just handed me a
sample of chicken feet.
Oh, it's a little cold. But, for chicken feet, you just sort of gnaw on it, you eat all of that cartilagey stuff and you can actually kind of crack through the bones as well. Chicken feet have never been my favorite, but that sauce is pretty awesomely good. It's like lemony, oh you
can see lemon grass in here. The flavor is pretty good, but yeah it's kind of like a jellyish, gelatinous skin in texture. There are some little knuckles and some little bones in that guy. Chicken feet are not my personal favorite but that sauce, that marinade
was absolutely delicious. That's the fish mint, right? That looks amazing. For chili oil, you need
to make that chili oil. (speaking Mandarin) One of the great things about this market is that you can just walk through and people offer you samples.
Oh, that's delicious. Those little crunchy
shrimp, they're crunchy, nicely salted, you can taste
the chili flavor in there. And it's almost like a, oh yeah, it tastes like bell peppers. (frying sound) I saw, I actually heard
the dumplings sizzling and this is a type of, it's like a half moon shaped dumpling. He's grilling them, or cooking them over the hot griddle and he, first he takes the raw dumplings, he lays them onto the hot griddle. He poured on a little bit of oil so they sizzle, and so they both cook and
fry sort of at the same time. They're hot and fresh. This looks delicious and smells fantastic. I think it's mostly filled with, I think I can smell some chives in there. Oh, that's tasty.
Oh, it's a little bit greasy, but, yeah that's mostly chive I think and maybe I don't know if it's egg inside of it and then the wrapper is crispy and gummy. Yeah, that's really tasty. Mm, nice and salty and oily. (foreign language) – [Jerry] Okay, yes. Oh, this is it, this is her shop. She's selling pickles, she wanted to see herself in the camera. – Oh, she's so friendly, she's so nice. And I think right next door we're going to try some of the local roast duck. – [Jerry] He's the
owner of the duck stall, she's the owner of all the pickles. – [Mark] Okay. Yeah, something I was
really interested to try in Yunnan is a local style of roast duck which some people say, it compares to the one of the most famous roast
duck like from Beijing. But this is the local one from Yinyang and they're just little small ducks, they're roasting them right here. It's a busy shop. The owner said you have
to buy a whole duck but we're going to try
to get a taste test.
The owner is really friendly. On second thought, we have decided that it is very necessary to get
ourselves a whole duck. They're pretty small. The ducks here are selling out so fast. Very good, very good, they're
selling out so fast here. They're just, like this
whole cabinet was full when we arrived here and now
there's only four ducks left.
She has very kindly
given me a plastic glove to taste a piece right now. Absolutely beautiful, the skin
is perfectly golden, okay. Oh, oh wow. – My god, even without
salt, it's good enough. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. Oh it's so incredibly moist. That's unbelievable, it's moist, it's not, it's not dry at all. Um, the skin is crispy, that's really properly good. More ducks are coming. (techno music and market sounds) So as we're standing here eating the duck we ran out of ducks and then they took a fresh batch out of the oven and now they're adding more ducks in. And by the way, he told us they sell about 700 ducks per day. I'm in this just very
tight little, little space. That is just sensational and there's nothing
better than standing here, watching them make it with the ovens then freshly chopping it
up and just snacking on it.
Wow. That is really, a seriously
good way to roast a duck. It's actually mild in flavor but I think, I think what's really keeping me here is the actual ducks that they're using which do not taste like overly fatty, they taste a little more free range. The meat is literally not dry at all. Like duck can sometimes be. Mm, just super. (foreign language) What a duck. Talk about egg decisions. There's about a dozen different
eggs you can choose from. From free range, from
wild to goose, to duck to thousand year, to
transparent, to salted. Yeah, they have it all, every type of egg you could possibly want. (foreign language) You can choose your own pear? – [Jerry] You can choose your own pear. The smaller, the tastier. More taste. – [Mark] Jerry found some
of these pickled pears and they're supposed to
be very good for you, very healthy, especially good for your digestive system and for your lungs and Jerry told me that the smaller ones are better, so I got a little small one.
This is like the size
of a really small plum but it's a pear, pickled it's just, it's just soaking in its pickled juices. Mm, oh. It's a little bit of a salty pickle but then sweet, oh, okay. It's a little bit of a salty pickle, the pear has a dryness to it as well. – Get some sweet potato. – [Mark] Sweet potato. (foreign language) And really juicy too. Micah, Micah, how's that sweet potato? I'm not the only one that
is enjoying the market. Micah's loving the market and this market is huge,
it's a sprawling market, it just keeps on going and there's just mountains of food to eat here. Okay, cool. – [Jerry] There you go! – Cheers, Jerry. Next up at the market, we're trying a local Yunnanese beverage drink, little rice noodles and then there's also some kind of jelly which
he adds to it as well. With some syrup and then
she mixes it all up and this is the drink.
Cheers. Also, not forgetting, you
get an Angry Birds cup too. Which is, which is a bonus. Okay, that's, that's really really sweet. A little too sweet for me, but it tastes like that,
like roasted brown sugar type of sweetness, really really jellyish jelly that you can suck
up through a straw. Totally different. There's another noodle shop
that's absolutely bustling and there's a specific
type of tofu rice noodle, that is very common in
Kunming that we've got to try so we're, we're stopping here for one more bowl of rice noodles.
(foreign language) – [Jerry] Do like local now, yeah? – [Mark] Yeah, oh, you can smell the fermented soy beans. – [Jerry] Best dish you can ever have. – You basically come here
and find an empty stool wherever you can find a stool and the most famous thing
that you have to try here and this is very common in
Kunming is tofu noodles. I've had tofu before, I've
had rice noodles before but I can't say that I've
had tofu rice noodles so this is the first for me.
Once you start mixing it,
the tofu just kind of like minces literally into your noodles. Okay that just splattered into my eye. So the noodles taste like
they've sort of like absorbed some of that broth, they're kind of like like, um, swollen full of that broth and you do taste the
fermented soy beans in there. The tofu just sort of melts in your mouth you don't even, the tofu is sort of in your subconscious, you barely even notice the tofu. Oh, hey Micah. Okay, Micah wants to, Micah
wants to come join in. Okay. Okay, Micah let's just taste the tofu.
Want to just taste a
bite of only that tofu to see how it is. But you've got to like really
pick out a little piece. It's just like, oh, it's so silky smooth you don't need to chew it at all. It just, it just disintegrates. And you can see them up front when you're ordering the noodles they're also making these little dumplings and so we got two different types. This one is a full bowl and then we also got this one over here which is already almost done, but this one is in soup
with these dumplings. So maybe I'll try this one first. Mm. They're really sticky and gummy and kind of elasticy. And then inside you've got like a I think it's a little bit of sesame and it's sweet, same type of dumpling but then they're covered
in soy bean powder and brown sugar.
Mm, oh yeah. The soy bean powder is a little bit dry. Kind of sticks to the roof of your mouth but then after that you've got this sticky rice ball and then that sesame flavor. As you keep eating and get further down in your bowl of noodles, you'll notice how the
tofu is actually so soft that it starts to disintegrate and it actually becomes
the sauce, the gravy. So it's like, that's like
melted tofu down there which is just like
coating the noodles now. For me it's kind of a lot of rice noodles with a little bit of stuff. But it's really kind of,
it does taste pretty good and it is a very affordable
filling bowl of noodles. (foreign language) This is the most amazing pan of brazed chicken
I think I've ever seen; there must be an entire flock of chickens that are slow bubbling brazing away in their juices. We've got a bite of chicken
right now, brazed chicken. Got some bones in there.
Wow. – [Jerry] It's really full. – [Mark] I'm standing right
next to the brazed pan and he says they braze for, for two hours. Oh, that's just a swimming pool, that's a jacuzzi of brazed chicken, wow. And that chicken tastes so good. It's really an amazing flavor too. Oh, here's the chicken feet. (foreign language) okay the owners here are so friendly that we had to get a half a chicken. Ah man, okay, this is brazed so the skin is not crispy but there is so much flavor in that meat.
You've just got to be careful of the little bone shards but the flavor is just insane. The soy sauce is wonderful and there's nothing better than eating a piece of brazed chicken while you're standing in
the brazed chicken sauna. Wow that was, that was absolutely stunning and the people at this
market are so friendly. I don't know if we can
ever escape this market; there's so many good things. A little bit of a quieter
section of the market now and we're just walking
through, actually we're on our way out of the
market but Jerry said this is something, this
is a Yunnan specialty that we can't afford to miss and it's yellow soy bean porridge. Jerry's going to season it
up for us, the local style. – This is garlic. One is ginger, one is garlic. Yeah this is ginger. Put on pepper oil. Coriander.
And the most important. – And so to begin eating you just kind of stir up everything,
oh yeah it's very, it's very thick, like a very thick gravy and then you stir that,
the yotiyo into there. Beautiful, and that's like their, it's kind of like actually you see people you don't eat this with a spoon. You just eat with the yotiyo, right? You just dip in yotiyo, soak it up and then you keep on eating it and then you can kind
of drink it like a gravy if you like. Mm, oh that's delicious. To give it like my very first, thought comparison it sort of tastes like biscuits and gravy. It's a savory donut, it's fried also so it's kind of crispy but then it's kind of like fluffy on the inside. I'm like surprised at how good that one is because it seams very simple, but it goes together really well. Yeah, on a cold day this would be something you want to eat. Once you're down to
the bottom of your bowl you got to just pick it
up and use your chopsticks to just sort of shovel it into your mouth.
I really like it. Three and a half hours later, we are stumbling out of the market. Oh, this is such an amazing market. So much to see, it's so huge, there's an abundance of, of, things ingredients from fresh veggies to meat, to fish and then all of the cooked food is just,
it's blow your mind, there's so much available. We're taking a little walk now and it feels great to walk
after all of that food. But we're on our way to go eat.
(electro music) (foreign language) – [Mark] Yeah, that one looks great. (foreign language) We got a table, we got some clay pots. We got two different clay pots, one is brazed fish, which looks delicious with chilies and yeah,
that looks fantastic and then we also got a brazed or a clay pot rice, which is rice, I think that's carrots on top with a little bit of minced meat. Jerry said that it's also okay that we eat the rest of the duck and chicken that we
picked up from the market, eat it right here, so that's, that's going to be fantastic with that rice. Oh, and on the bottom
there's tofu as well. It looks like, oh yes, oh that looks delicious, okay one of these pieces of fish first. Oh, that's like brazed in chili oil. Mm, it's kind of salty,
you can taste the aroma, like the fumes of the chili, it's not that spicy and definitely feels like the fish has been deep fried before it gets brazed in that clay pot.
So it has that like
crispy, crispy sogginess. Yeah, that's tasty. It has a really nice smokey taste. And yeah, tofu just absorbs that flavor. Oh, I think those are carrots, and then that little meat almost tastes like hun beef on top of there. That duck is really something else and even if it's a little
bit cold right now, it's still delicious, but you can eat that with the hot rice. It's definitely a fresh water fish. I'm not sure exactly, it
tastes kind of like a carp. Could be carp. But, yeah, it's good. It's kind of oily, but that chili oil, mm which is, literally is
just absorbed in the fish. The tofu is delicious. – Hello. – [Mark] Nice to meet you. – Hello, hello. – Hello, hello. So Kunming barbecue is
especially popular at night and Jerry was telling me
though that this place usually it's really packed
if you come a little later at night but right now, they're they're still kind of quiet, but come a little, come a little bit later and it will be packed, but you can already smell the aroma of all the
smoke coming out of here.
Okay, we're going to eat some barbecue, Yunnan style barbecue. I think there's both
beef and mutton skewers but I watched them as
they made the meat skewers and it's pretty interesting to watch them because they don't ever, what's different about how they grill and how other people grill,
or other grilled meat is that they never let the meat sit for a long period of time on the grill. They just keep it moving
all the time, so they like, play with those skewers,
they move them around they bunch them up and then they put them back together and then spread them out. Hello. And then they sprinkle
it with sesame seeds and they sprinkle it with some seasoning some salt and then they
sprinkle it with chili pepper. And then, yeah, they
keep on bunching them up and spreading them out over the hot coals and they never let them sit
directly on the hot coals. Oh, yeah, that's some good grilled meat. It's smokey, you can
taste the cumin on there. The sesame seeds, the chili flakes. Yeah that's tasty, oh yeah. You can put these here, stick it here.
What do we have here? – [Jerry] Fresh water snails. – Oh nice. A special skewer, this
one is buffalo intestines and what you do is you
take it you can roll it in that dried chili, um, let's
taste the buffalo intestines. Mm, whoa, wow. Okay that was totally unexpected. I thought it was going
to be rubbery and chewy, instead it's like, crispy and it kind of explodes in your mouth with like oil that has a gamey taste to it, it's pretty awesomely good. Some type of snail. Mm, a little bit chewy and bit leathery but really good smokey flavor, again you can taste the cumin on there. Next up this is for the mushrooms and it looks like there's
some bell peppers in there and also there's kind of a pool of oil.
The garlic is really, really strong. Really fresh garlic flavor to that. That's what makes it so good. We've had some meat and now we're moving on to some vegetables, we've got some Chinese chives that are
going right on the grill and then brushing them with some oil. Next up we have little bite
sized nuggets of stinky tofu and they sort of look like chicken nuggets but they are stinky tofu. Mm, they're not too stinky. This is pretty good stinky tofu, yeah, has just a slight moldy rotting flavor but not very very very very slight. The more you keep chewing the more you can't taste that stinkiness but it's not bad at all. Again the chives are done, going to have some of these chives. Fantastic. (foreign language) There's one more dish that we've got to try before the end of this
Chinese food tour of Kunming and that is called drunken shrimp and so we came to a place that serves it just down from where we were just eating.
I think they're the
same type of shrimp that are eaten across Southeast Asia raw. There's a Thai dish called dancing shrimp which I think is similar to this. And you can see it's just, so it's basically just raw marinaded shrimp and just like pure chili. You do have to be a little
bit careful chewing because those shrimp are still kind of sharp. Their heads are really sharp so, you got to bite through all the shell. But that sauce is insane, it's so it's so, it's like pure chilies and garlic and the sauce is delicious. It's like herbal, it's very garlicy. Oh, it's really tasty. – [Jerry] Yeah? – Yeah, that sauce, it's all about that sauce. – [Jerry] I have a little bit of the cucumber salad first to warm up. Oh, it is good. – [Mark] The sauce is good. It's a good idea, don't eat the head. – Wow, the sauce is good. – Yeah, the sauce is really good. You could basically take that sauce and use it with anything and that thing would be delicious, that sauce is incredible and on that shrimpy, very spicy note I'm going to go ahead and end this
Chinese street food tour of Kunming today, it's been an amazing day.
Kunming is really a, it's a melting pot of Yunnan and so, or even of China, people come from all over China to Kunming to settle down because the weather is known to be good throughout the entire year and so it really has a mix of cultures and foods that represent Kunming. I have fully enjoyed this
entire street food tour. I want to say a big thank you to Jerry for bringing us around and also to my friend Frank from Zouba Tours he set up everything,
he arranged everything and so a big thank you to Frank. Oh, what a day of food. I want to say a big thank you for watching this video, please remember
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