01 Feb

I always thought that the Mexicans were crazy about their chilies.  Have you every had a habenero?  Habeneros almost put my husband and my daughter in the hospital one time.  But then came the Chinese.  They take their chilies seriously.

It seemed that the closer we got to central China, specifically Henan province, the less - well, edible - food became.  Over here in the west, everyone assumes Sichuan food is the spiciest.  I can say, definitely, no, Henan is spicier.  

Yup, it's that dangerous that this guy has to wear a face mask when mashing these chilies.

Despite the plentitude of chilies,we did find some tasty things to eat in the marketplace of Luoyang, Henan.

Open faced oysters roasted with scallions, ginger, chilies and soy sauce, maybe a bit of Shaoxing cooking wine. This candy was called Dragon's beard. It's made with powdered sugar and cornstarch.  It's made by hand and very labor intensive.  Zoe loved it.
Carmelized liquid sugar was dropped on parchment paper and used like paint to create this masterpiece.A popular Chinese sausage that has a sweet flavor.  Called Lapcheung, it's a common ingredient in many Chinese dishes.

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