Monday, 30 August 2010

Food vendors and shops

I had KFC probably three or four times in the United States while I was there. Every single time, it was greasy and unappealing. In Iceland, it was pretty good and you could get big tubs of gravy and sachets of hot sauce. What wasn't to like. In New Zealand, it was better still although it lacked gravy tubs. I've yet to try KFC here in China, but I should really get around to it. If it's any good, I can add it to my delivery repertoire.

2010-08-29 - Shanghai - 06 - KFC

This street vendor seems to be a husband and wife couple. They always have a laugh at the laowai when I come and buy stuff from them, but are very helpful and pleasant. I'm getting pretty good with the numbers for the currency here when people tell me prices, but I had no idea what numbers the lady was saying when I bought some pancake. They let me take a photo of their food.

2010-08-29 - Shanghai - 09 - Street food vendor food

There are lots of little fruit and vegetable shops all over the place. I'm kind of reticent to buy fruit so far, as I don't know what the prices should be, and I remember reading stories about vendors injecting puddle water into watermelons to up the weight (and therefore the prices).

2010-08-29 - Shanghai - 02 - Fruit shop

Another street vendor down the road from my hotel. Haven't been there yet, but it seems to be reasonably popular.

2010-08-29 - Shanghai - 03 - Street food vendor


  1. UK KFC doesn't come close to New Zealand KFC.

    I miss the decent sized fries and the option of having pineapple in a burger.

  2. Yeah, pineapple, egg and pickled beetroot are three things that if a burger doesn't have, it shouldn't be able to call itself a burger. I remember eating McDonald's Kiwi Burger when I was a kid, and I like the idea, but when I was back in NZ I just couldn't make myself buy/eat it.

    I have to say though, I ate some of the new style burgers at KFC back in NZ and they were a complete disappointment. There was no satisfaction in the experience. The fries were pretty nasty too. Maybe I just went there too early, or to the wrong branch. Or maybe KFC has peaked in NZ.