These past few weeks I have taken somewhat of a respite from my ever-busy blogging exploits. But now with the body and mind rejuvenated after the festive break, I feel both rested and at peace and am enormously excited at the wonderful year that lies ahead. Yes, I am sure it will have its challenges, but think of the opportunities to be grasped, the friendships to be made and of course the many food adventures that beckon….!

Dim sum te kus en te keur

2015 started with the most awesome adventure… I travelled to the incredible city of Shanghai in China! What an amazing city and food culture. Spending two weeks in the East gave me a completely new perspective of this amazing world we live in. And the week that I spent with my hubby in Shanghai just blew me away. I have to admit this is the first time that I have been so overwhelmed, astounded and just simply in awe of a city – it left me speechless and so much richer for all the incredible experiences. Did you know there are more than 24 million people living in this one city? People, that is almost half the population of South Africa in one city! It is a bedazzling place, almost like a well-orchestrated ant’s nest. Everyone has a place to stay, everyone has a job they need to do…there seems to be some kind of military management of things that keeps everything running in its proper order.

Eendjies, eendjies, staan in 'n ry ...

Kluitjies (dumplings) vars op straat

Shanghai is a food paradise. I am sure you can imagine the amount of food and the variety of food that needs to be prepared to satisfy the tastes and stomachs of 24 million people. Street food or rather street buffets are BIG and fabulous and it would be difficult to find a stronger food culture than in China. The food is affordable, fabulous and fantastic – a festival of oriental flavours that enriches both body and soul…

Here are a few images for you to feast on …

A friendly street chef preparing delicious squid tentacles on a stick

A friendly street chef preparing delicious squid tentacles on a stick

Fried tofu in the making - food is always served with fresh spring onions

Fried tofu in the making – food is always served with fresh spring onions

Food is made with honesty and pride and the recipes are handed down from one generation to the next over thousands of years….

A street chef busy with Rick's favourite oriental breakfast - a pancake with egg and spring onion.  4 Yuan - about R8

A street chef busy with Rick’s favourite oriental breakfast – a pancake with egg and spring onion. 4 Yuan – about R8

Beautiful fresh green vegetables.

Beautiful fresh green vegetables.

Dim sum te kies en te keur

Soup dumpling with the most delicious warm soup inside that you drink with a straw

Soup dumpling with the most delicious warm soup inside that you drink with a straw

Dried fruit and nuts anyone?

Dried fruit and nuts anyone?

Rick with a caramel strawberry kebab

Rick with a caramel strawberry kebab

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