The restaurant was on the third or fourth floor of a high-rise building downtown near Tianfu (say "tea-en-foo") Square, the main center of Chengdu. We were seated at our table and on our placemats was a "map" of all the different foods and where they were located around the restaurant. Then there was a suggested "order" that you consume the foods in, including the first suggestion to "wash your hands to begin with". (The Chinese are making efforts like these to raise the personal hygiene of its people.) Our hostesses wanted to start with the seafood.
There were no 'crab pliers' to break open the crab legs. "We just use our teeth", said Vivian. (Uhhh, not when your husband is a dentist!) There were several kinds of crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, squid and other seafoods.
|Doesn't this look so pretty?|
Yep, that's an escargot (snail). It's rubbery and chewy, like the squid I tried another time. Later, the girls brought me some soup. "And what kind is this?" "Oh, it has an animal from France in it--with (and here she pantomimed two protrusions coming from the head)" I thought to myself "Some kind of sheep or goat?" No, I scooped up from the bottom, and there was the snail. I had one sip. Vivian assured me it was very good for my health!
I decided to get it over with. I tried a chicken foot. It was like greasy KFC. I admit, I only had a small bite.
Kirk was amazed that I would so bravely try it all. He decided to play it safe, and ate jell-o......with his chopsticks.
It's amazing how he can't pick up anything else with chopsticks, but he managed to snag the jell-o. Pretty funny.
The restaurant was quite a conglomerate of unique areas, each specializing in their own food. We had pizza and penne pasta in cream sauce which was delicious! There was Japanese sushi and noodles and congee (porridge) from all the Asian countries.