6 Nov


Washing greens (with the ducks observing)

I see livestock frequently on the streets of Shanghai.  Walking to work this summer there was a family who raised chickens on the sidewalk and I watched how the chicks got bigger and bigger and then slowly started to disappear until the cage was empty at the beginning of September.

I’ve seen live chickens on motorbikes, rabbits on the side of the road, live crabs and fish in tubs but I very rarely see live ducks.  That changed a couple of weekends ago.

The photos here are taken literally across the street from the entrance to my apartment complex.  There are a line of small restaurants (some of which I have eaten in, some not) that serve cheap meals to the neighborhood people.  The prep areas are in front of the restaurants instead of in the back, so you get a clear picture of where your greens (or main course) came from.  You can see that the sink is outside as well.

This is part of the reason why these traditional style houses are being destroyed.  Would you want to live somewhere with no hot water and an outdoor kitchen?  Cooking and living on the street is part of life for sure, but I imagine that slowly most of these places will disappear.  There are already many blocks that appear to be waiting for the chopping block as I have posted before.

For now though, they continue and I continue to observe the streets of Shanghai.

What do you think?

Also – as a follow-up.  Thank you to the three brave souls who guessed what my dish was at the Hunnan restaurant a week ago Sunday.  None of the guesses were close – it was a bubbling eggplant hotpot with bonito flakes on top!  Very tasty and would recommend it to others.


3 Responses to “Duck!”

  1. eof737 November 6, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I had to take a close look to see them… I hope I get to China before everything changes completely… Something about the old ways is still attractive to me. 😉

    • gkm2011 November 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      China is large – the rural areas are very different than the cities, but come now before it does change further!

  2. eof737 November 6, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Thank you for checking in during the Hurricane… your kind wishes were appreciated!

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