Bamboo steamed chicken and rice
At one of the many small hotel-restaurants in Pang'an I followed the advice of a group of departing Chinese tourists and ordered the area's famous chicken and rice cooked in bamboo. Even though this place was small, they had a menu with English translation and the same price I had been told by the departing Chinese.
At this time of year I was the lone diner. There was a table of local Chinese playing cards surrounded by a group of observers. They were very friendly.
After ordering I noticed someone leave the kitchen and return with a beautiful live chicken;
Food does not get any fresher that this!
Favorite Dish: The chicken and rice had a great subtle flavor enhanced by it having been steamed inside the bamboo. I was somewhat surprised that each piece of chicken came with a small piece of bone attached. This seemed to be taking the idea of cubed chicken to an extreme, but it did not harm the flavor.
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Countryside Inn and Cafe: Ping'An
These guys are, I bet, a bigger-city operation cashing in on the tourist dollar. That being said, they have internet and a nice restaurant that offers pizzas and other western food if the chicken heads in the hotpot get too much for you. They have a nice view of the area, English menus and at least when we were there (Feb. 2008) a waitress that spoke a little English and could suggest walks. There is an inn, of course, that's part of this place, but I recommend it more for the food, as the other places seem to have a bit more "rusticity" (new word) to them.
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Ping'an restaurant: Bamboo rice
My tour party had lunch in one of the restaurants in Ping'an where I had a dish of beef and mushroom and rice steamed in bamboo, all washed down with cheap beer.
Feng Jing Lou (Scenic Inn): Dinner in the inn
Half chicken cooked in soup served in hotpot style and another half of the chicken was cooked with bamboo shoots. Yummy! Charcoal-burnt sweet potatoes for supper after that.
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