abcdefg Posted September 9, 2013 at 08:31 AM Report Share Posted September 9, 2013 at 08:31 AM Went with friends this past weekend to have wild mushroom hotpot. It's nearing the end of the season, but a good variety of mushrooms was still available, and should be at least through the end of the month. Kunming has a number of mushroom specialty restaurants scattered around town, but there's a large concentration of them near the convention center 国贸中心，in particular along Guanshang Street 关上路, near the intersection with Guanxing Street 关兴路。Must be 25 or 30 of them within walking distance of each other. You select your mushrooms from a cooled display case, the kitchen cleans and slices them. We ordered niugan jun 牛肝菌，jiyou jun 鸡油菌, jisong jun 鸡松菌，and zhusun jun 竹笋菌 for the pot. Waitress asked us to choose our stock, and we opted for duck. She puts the mushrooms into the boiling pot in a certain order, according to which varieties require longer cooking times. Heat eliminates the toxins. We are not allowed to even put our chopsticks in the pot while they are cooking; this was strictly enforced. Our batch had to boil 15 minutes before we could eat. She timed them carefully. But we also ordered some fried items to have during that waiting period. We had some ganba jun 干巴菌 that were fried with spicy green peppers 青椒 and plenty of sliced garlic. This being Yunnan, we also had a side order of crunchy fried grasshoppers. Insects and their larvae are popular here. We also had a plate of tiny minnow fish less than a centimeter long. In addition to the above, we splurged on an order of songrong jun 松茸菌 that were sliced very thin and served on a bed of ice. We ate them raw with a dipping sauce. These are the highly prized matsutake pine mushrooms. After eating the mushrooms from the hot pot, we added some thinly sliced beef 肥牛肉 and a variety of vegetables. We had an order of a special round steamed pumpkin bread that had a little red bean paste in the middle. This was a specialty of the house. It winds up being an expensive meal, easily running between 100 and 200 RMB per person. But it's a "very Yunnan" splurge. The last snapshot is the grasshoppers. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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