Guangzhou is the home of Cantonese cuisine. After a hell bus trip we eat what we can and muse about the possibilities left behind.
Like strange sleeping beauties we wake up from our overnight bus recovery slumber and stumble out to see Guangzhuo.
We spy a very liveable residence from our hotel window, Alison is ready to move in and can just picture the soirées on the roof. You're all invited of course.
We've landed close to the Overseas Chinese Village, a more monied area of Guangzhou near the financial district. Very unlike our last digs.
The streets are green and quiet, and full of very private residences and flashy cars.
There's still street food to be found, but we're craving something more substantial.
Close by we find a version of comfort food, a Hong Kong style cafe called Uncle serving noodle soup and roast meats.
Uncle has all your Hong Kong favourites and was a buzzing place on a cold night.
We warm up with San Miguels.
One of our favourites, a classic fish ball soup.
With goose on the menu, we couldn't resist trying a goose noodle soup.
Stewed argus snakehead fish with watercress and kidney soup - we gotta order something with such a wild name. It tasted like fish and veggie soup, funny that.
Goose and rice combo. Goose was much fattier and had darker meat than duck and a stronger flavour as well.
A perfect little fatty crispy skinned morsel, it almost looks like beef.
We couldn't resist toast with condensed milk and loads of butter.
Or french toast. Who says it just has to be for breakfast?
Uncle staff manning the chopping station. Love the huge chopping blocks and scary horror movie cleavers.
We could have tried the 7 Eleven feast, noodles with your own tasty morsel selection.
We took some time to wander through the streets. There were a lot of quiet little neighbourhood areas tucked away behind big major roads.
Almost tempted by cake for breakfast.
This joint looks perfect for brekky.
Turns out to be a Cantonese joint - we think!
Preserved egg and pork congee. Yay for breakfast congee.
We can't remember what we thought we were ordering but it wasn't a deep fried pork chop with sweet and sour sauce. It was delicious anyway, a naughty breakfast.
Everybody was eating these so we had to try one: hua hui rice roll. Steamed rice roll. This was insanely good, filled with beef and veggies from memory.
The rice rolls are cooked on this contraption: rice paste is scooped onto a flat tray then put into a steamer.
Folks sit down and have a tea and a gas bag like we'd do with a beer.
Random sidewalk takeway restaurant.
Market street. Wandering around the alleys is a pleasant way to spend a day.
Kel the butcher and his commemorative wedding sausages.
These were filled with some kind of paste or even pork floss, they were quite plain and looked better than they tasted.
Bread and soy milk shop.
He's got a lot of fresh ingredients, must be expecting a good day.
Mr Puss E. Cat of Gaungzhou.
Pick'n'mix dishes ready to go.
Fruit, veges and laundry.
Lunchtime on the streets.
The muffin maker in the main streets of town. We missed trying this in Xiamen so were happy to give it a try here.
Guangzhou egg mc'muffin, mcfreakin delicious. A few of these a day will give you a muffin top.
Pancake snacks same as Shanghai. Love the little red sausage sticks, like Chinese devon.
Fresh OJ lady.
Sugar cane stall on the move.
Miss Piggy - come and get some durian! It's so yummy! [Alison pretends to like durian but we reckon she's just trying to be tough.]
Quail egg lady.
Donkey's favourite - waffles!
Roadside Stewed stuff on sticks stall.
It's kind of like oiden.
Check out the size of those dried fish.
Many varieties and grades of rice.
A walk through the wholesale clothing area is mind boggling. There's thousands and thousands of people carting around bales of clothes, taking them off to their shops we assume.
Bales and bales of clothes everywhere, it's quite a spectacle. Next time you wonder where your clothes come from think of this.
Random restaurant, possibly a bit on the nose.
Sidewalk honeycombe seller. We're kicking ourselves now for not trying some.
Looks like a lunch takeaway joint.
Wherever we go in the world there's Footy Franks.
This dog would jump through hoops to get a bite of your lunch.
Random restaurant. Looks like some guava at the end.
Stuff on sticks shop.
An open air bridal expo... The catalogs are filled with bizarre wedding outfits...
Random wedding outfit....
Looks like an octopus shop.
This mystery sandwich is too hard to resist.
The 'sandwich' turns out to be pineapple cream cake and utterly, utterly delicious.
We hit Hua Hui rice roll for breakfast on our last day.
Hua Hui Rice Roll menu.
Hua Hui Rice Roll menu. This was a not too fancy joint that had older folk dawdling over breakfast and others rushing through on their way to work. Reflected the suburb demographic nicely.
How we love a congee for breakfast - pork'n'preserved egg.
Hua hui rice roll - man these are good - stodgy yet fresh.
Congee with peanut, squid, bread stick, ginger, fish, bbq pork & kitchen sink.
We really wish we had time to visit Michelle and Elmer in the hotel bar. Look at that keytar! What a dude.
Guangzhuo train station - China's new infrastructure is mind blowing.
The lovely industrial landscape between Guangzhou and Zuhai.
Zhuhai borders Macau so it's quite a buzzy place to hang out. There's some fun places to eat and drink in the pedestrian mall.
This soup turns out to be like a Taiwanese take on a Japanese ramen, it's surprisingly good. We're getting more and more interested in Taiwanese versions of Japanese dishes.
Tomato and egg soup - very simple and plain.
Deep fried tofu with chili dipping sauce.
Our last shot of China at the border crossing. It was quite sad leaving China, our health and batteries were down so we didn't make the most of Guangzhou. But that's the perfect excuse to come back again.
Thanks for the great trip China. We love you.