Liuzhou Laowai

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Phở-less in Liuzhou

It has always surprised me in one way and not at all in another that there are so few Vietnamese restaurants here in town. After all, we are very near.  But what surprises me even more is that the three such places I know all do the same one dish and ignore the wide cuisine […]

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Give Me Your Chefs

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” …and your chefs. A mere ten years after it was first proposed, Liuzhou has this month arranged for a local […]

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Italian? No. Pizza? Maybe.

A few weeks ago, I spotted this new takeaway pizza place on the city centre pedestrian street. The sign above the place proudly declares it to sell Italian Pizza. A couple of days ago, I had a closer look. Their menu lists seven pizzas. Not one of them in the slightest bit Italian. We have […]

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Another Load of Balls

Bubugao Plaza celebrated Children’s Day by building this large pit and filling it with thousands of plastic balls. Rather idiotically, they sited it right beside the main entrance to the shopping mall, effectively blocking entrance to their over-priced, under-populated stores. It took them about a week to work out why the place was even more […]

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Murderous Mugs

BuBuGao, the Hunanese* supermarket chain which has the customer-less shopping mall on the north side of Liuzhou’s People’s Square, is apparently marking the 50th anniversary of the start of Mao’s cultural revolution in which millions were tortured, murdered or driven to suicide, by selling commemorative mugs. The enamel mugs (as would have been available in […]

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Menu Misconception

I couldn’t have been paying attention. I was walking down town yesterday when somebody thrust a leaflet at me and, breaking my usual habit, I took it. I’m glad I did. I learned a lot. Here it is. And the reverse Yes, it’s for a new restaurant specialising in what passes in their fevered imaginations […]

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Liuzhou Wildlife Restaurant Raids

Two unidentified restaurants in Liuzhou have been raided by law enforcement officials after they received information that illegal wildlife was being offered for sale. Pangolin is on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species“ In particular, they heard that pangolin meat was being sold. To order this dish the […]

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James Cheese

It isn’t every day in Liuzhou you see the word “cheese” in huge letters on a banner. But I did today. It turns out that, rather than being a new cheese shop, “James Cheese” is a South Korean franchise operation which has started making inroads to China. Their signature dish, at least in Korea, is […]

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Vietnam Victuals

It always surprises me how little influence Vietnam has on the local cuisine scene. I mean I can almost see the place from my window, yet I can’t buy so many Vietnamese staples. Limes, basil, lemongrass etc. Or find Vietnamese restaurants. Nanning is a little (only a little) better. So, I was kind of happy today […]

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Beijing Tong Ren Tang

I’ve been asked a couple of times this week about the new restaurant opening near the corner of  广场路 and 解放北路 north of the museum. Beijing Tongren Tang. Two problems. a) It isn’t ready to open. (They have just started advertising for staff.) b) It isn’t a restaurant. So forget the Beijing duck. Beijing Tongren Tang […]

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