About Me

你好 Ni hao!My name is Elizabeth Yu Ellsworth. I teach Mandarin Chinese at Herricks Middle School in Long Island, NY. These are my photos and impressions of my first ever trip to Shanghai, China during November 1-5 2010.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Street Vendors

Despite the numerous boutiques and western style department stores, itinerant street peddlers such as this man selling sweet potatoes and the woman selling vegetables from her bicycle were a common sight. Their goods were very fresh and could be purchased for just a few pennies or dollars.

This vendor was selling Chinese hot roasted chestnuts  (栗子 lìzi). They are not unlike American roasted chestnuts. Very chewy and somewhat sweet. They must be in season now because they were being sold everywhere.

This man was making fresh breakfast bîng, a delicious pancake with scallions and sesame oil. The man further in the back is making youtiao  油条, a dough that is deep fried in oil till it is very crisp. Street breakfasts are delicious! You can have a very satisfying meal for just a few cents.

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