Ancient Tea Horse Caravan Trail
Besides the delightful Erhai Lake fish dish in Dali (posted previously):
Peach Gum Soup? Beverage?
We enjoyed several versions, and key ingredients are Tears of Peach Blossom (an amber like resin secreted from the bark of wild Chinese peach treas that, when soaked, expands into gelatinous masses), white fungus (I first thought it was a kind of cabbage, but this is good for lungs), sugar and then optional goji berries, longans, dates, pear, snow lotus and snow lotus seed. Very comforting and I will to replicate the multiple day process at home!
Tsampa (roasted barley flour) mixed with salty yak butter tea, a bit of sugar and walnuts for breakfast. Stomach filling and tasty.
The ubiquitous Yunnan hot pot, but, unlike Emma, who enjoyed hers with thin slices of yak, my versions contained varieties of mushrooms and fungi. So many of these on this adventure... though flavorful, I might need to take a bit of a break from them.
Soup dumplings (particularly chicken and truffles) so good they were consumed before I could take photos and this spongy braised bran dough with more mushrooms... I have no idea how this is made and it isn’t attractive, but oh so yummy.
I am also bringing home some of the rose liqueur, saffron and dried morels!
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