We finally made it to Jiangmen, which is a medium-sized city about two hours by car away from Guangzhou in southern China. I had several relatives in Jiangmen, most of whom I’ve never met before so this part of the trip was pretty exciting for me and my family.
There was a nice restaurant in our hotel and we ate there for dinner one evening with my dad’s schoolmates. In China, it seemed pretty popular for people to reserve small private rooms when eating with a group of people taking up two or more tables. I guess this works out well for everyone because you can be as noisy as you want without disturbing anyone.
The first dish this evening was some vegetable soup with carrots and bok choy. My grandma actually likes to make this dish quite a bit…now I know where she got her inspiration from.
We also had a bunch of cold dishes. I didn’t try any of these because I was just recovering from a bout of food poisoning (from Shanghai). However, I was told they were quite tasty.
There was beef tripe…
…and chicken fingers. Parts of the bones were actually taken out, making the chicken very easy to eat.
My mom enjoyed these pickled cold cucumbers quite a bit.
Now onto the hot dishes. The free-range chicken was a pretty standard dish. It was nice and moist though from the soup that it came in.
The prawns were big but I found them to be undercooked, making the shells quite difficult to peel off.
I liked the light garlic flavour coming from these garlic chives with pork. The chives were nice and crunchy, which I always enjoy.
The roast pork and BBQ pork dish was very tasty. The roast pork was a bit on the fatty side but I think this was partly what made it so tasty. The skin was super crispy. I noticed that all the restaurants in Jiangmen served the roast pork with some sugar for dipping. I’ve never had roast pork like this before but it tasted really good.
By now, I was starting to get full so I didn’t try the puff tofu with lamb although it was very popular with the people sitting at my table.
The stewed beef with potatoes was another tasty-looking dish that I didn’t get a chance to try.
The steamed cod came with chives and ginger. It was simply made but pretty good.
I really liked these sweet dessert buns. They were filled with some sweet sugary poaste, sesame seeds, and peanuts.
One of my dad’s friends told me that this place was about average in terms of food but is always popular because of its nice surroundings and decor. I did like some of the more unusual dishes (such as the dessert buns) but did agree that some dishes could have been better.