In Yunnan, the market where we buy foods, fruits, vegetables, and seasonings is called "Cai Shi Chang". It has become a gathering place of local life and culture, you can easily get a glimpse of the local lifestyle and you can taste the local food.
Here are sold hundreds of kinds of food, depending on the seasons.
In March and April, there are all kinds of buds and flowers.
In May, there are many edible fungi, Kunming natives call them the "delicacies from the mountain".
In June a smelly vegetable appears, its tender leaf reeks of funk, after cooking it, it gives off a unique fragrance - "Chou Cai". Local people add eggs to fry it into a much loved specialty.
“CI Wu Jia” is another beloved vegetable found in most areas of Yunnan. Its taste is as unflattering as its exterior covered with thorns. However, local people love its bitterness.
The busy time of the market is divided into two periods, the first period is 7:30 to 10:30 AM; the other is from 17:00 to 19:00 PM. But if you want to find rich dishes, the best time is to go in the morning. Nearby farmers will bring their own vegetables to the market, it’s still the traditional way. Surrounded by such a big variety of food you’ll surely get hungry, read here our top 1 choice for local food found in markets you must try.
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