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From famine to feast: Street food Beijing



Beijing, the capital of one of the fastest growing countries and economies in the world, is also home to interesting, and sometimes bizarre, street foods.

From silk worm cocoons that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, to eating barbecued seahorse, which is believed to be good for your blood circulation, Beijing is well-known for its night and food markets that offer a variety food.

The Chinese love their food, but dietary habits have changed rapidly in the past few decades.

In a very short time, China has gone from “famine to feast”. Today, the food in Beijing is as varied as it is plentiful: traditional or modern, Chinese or Western, China’s capital caters to all tastes and needs.

But while the narrow streets of Beijing used to be crowded with street vendors selling snacks day and night, many of these streets have now been demolished to make way for more high-rise buildings.

The arrival and expanding nature of the Western fast-food chains in Beijing now cater to the ever-growing and bustling population that eat on the go and now rather favour these foods to traditional Beijing street food.

With new-found wealth, many Chinese are also eating more than they used to and obesity rates among teenagers and children are rising.

Although the high level of obesity is a problem, that is not the only concern. According to professor Li Liu Bai, a nutritionist from Beijing University, another big concern is the danger of increasing cholesterol as diets and eating habits have changed. While the Chinese diet was mainly based on vegetables and protein-substitute legume products such as tofu, more people have started to eat meat more frequently.

“We used to eat three or four meals, mostly carbohydrates, and now people are eating more meat,” says Li.

While there are economic reasons that point to this problem, Li explains the social motivators behind teenage and child obesity: “We only have one child, and because of that, all our hopes are on his shoulders. Many parents push their children to learn more skills from a very young age. If the child then asks for any food, we will not refuse.”

Traditional Chinese food, rather known more to be fast and tasty, but also healthy, has not entirely died out. Street vendors and stalls have learned to adapt and use recipes that are speedy to make, but are healthier than that of the fast-food chains.

The food of the streets in Beijing tells the story of a culture torn between tradition and modernity, the customs of an ancient past competing with the convenience age of the new.

What will survive and what will be lost? In a China which has gone within two generations from mass starvation to obesity, what does the future hold? Can fast, healthy and tasty alternatives help the Chinese to decrease in size?

Update: Since the making of this film in 2008, obesity has gone down and recent statistics suggest that 62 million people in China are currently classified as obese. Although this shows a decrease, this still makes them the second largest obese population behind the United States.

Editor’s note: This film was first broadcast on Al Jazeera English in 2008.

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Chinese Food Market with snakes, frogs and scorpians.



Chinese food market, great vegetables and fresh meat, chicken,frogs and snake. Plus what we bought for our dinner.

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Wonderful CHINATOWN LONDON, CHINESE Meals, ASIAN Meals, Strolling All-around CHINATOWN IN LONDON,

Wonderful CHINATOWN LONDON,  CHINESE Meals, ASIAN Meals, Strolling All-around CHINATOWN IN LONDON,



Wonderful CHINATOWN LONDON, CHINESE Meals, ASIAN Meals, Strolling All-around CHINATOWN IN LONDON, CHINESE Cafe LONDON, The identify Chinatown has been used at distinct periods to describe distinct spots in London. The current Chinatown is component of the City of Westminster, occupying the location in and all over Gerrard Street. It has a number of Chinese dining places, bakeries, supermarkets, memento outlets, and other Chinese-operate firms. The 1st location in London known as Chinatown was located in the Limehouse location of the East Stop of London.[1] At the start off of the 20th century, the Chinese populace of London was concentrated in that location, environment up firms which catered to the Chinese sailors who frequented in Docklands. The location started to turn into known by exaggerated studies and tales of (the then-authorized) opium dens and slum housing, fairly than the Chinese dining places and supermarkets in the present-day Chinatown. On the other hand, significantly of the location was destroyed by aerial bombing for the duration of the Blitz in Earth War II, although a number of elderly Chinese however choose to live in this location. Following Earth War II, nevertheless, the rising reputation of Chinese delicacies and an influx of immigrants from Hong Kong led to an raising number of Chinese dining places getting opened in other places.

The current Chinatown, which is off Shaftesbury Avenue did not start off to be proven until eventually the 1970s. Up until eventually then, it was a standard Soho location, operate-down, with Gerrard Street the main thoroughfare. It was dominated by the Article Place of work, dealing with Macclesfield Street, and other big institutions have been The Tailor & Cutter Dwelling, at 43/44, now a Chinese grocery store and cafe, the Boulougne Cafe, near the Wardour Street stop, and by Peter Mario’s Cafe at the other stop. Other firms involved a learn baker’s, the Sari Centre, Lesgrain French Espresso Dwelling, Harrison Marks’ Glamour Studio, an Indian cafe and a variety of brothels. Most likely the 1st Chinese dining places opened in Lisle Street, parallel to Gerrard St, and then unfold little by little. The Tailor & Cutter did not near down until eventually all over 1974.

The location offers around 80 dining places showcasing some of London’s very best and most authentic Asian delicacies.[2]

In 2005, the house developer Rosewheel proposed a approach to redevelop the japanese component of Chinatown. The approach was opposed by lots of of the current vendors in Chinatown, as they consider that the redevelopment will drive out the classic Chinese retail merchants from the location and transform the ethnic characteristic of Chinatown.

The London Chinatown Community Centre (LCCC) has been housed in the Chinatown location given that it was founded in 1980 by Dr Abraham Lue. The Centre promises to have received 40,000 men and women for support and guidance given that its foundation. Positioned given that 1998 on the 2nd floor of 28-29 Gerrard Street, the Centre relocated to 2 Leicester Court docket in 2012, previously mentioned the Hippodrome On line casino. John Dryden (1631–1700) lived for a although at 43 Gerrard Street, which is commemorated by a blue plaque.[4] Another plaque, on number 9, marks the assembly of Samuel Johnson and Joshua Reynolds at the Turk’s Head Tavern to observed The Club, a dining club, in 1764.[5] In fiction, Charles Dickens sets the dwelling of Mr Jaggers, the lawyer in Good Anticipations, in “a house on the south facet of that street. Relatively a stately house of its kind, but dolefully in want of portray, and with soiled home windows [and with …] a stone hall… a dark brown staircase … dark brown rooms… panelled walls”.[6] A Royal Modern society of Arts blue plaque commemorates Edmund Burke at 37 Gerrard Street.[7]

In the Roaring Twenties, the 43 Club was set up at number 43, as a jazz club notorious for outrageous get-togethers frequented by the wealthy and strong.[8] It was ultimately closed down by immediate get of the Home Place of work and the proprietor, Kate Meyrick, was imprisoned. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club started off in Gerrard Street in the basement of No. 39.[9]

In 1953, No. 4 Gerrard Street was a tiny studio in which the theatrical photographer George Harrison Marks and his associate Pamela Eco-friendly, lived and worked. By the late 1950s, with the achievements of Kamera Publications, they experienced taken around No. 5 up coming door and experienced a significantly greater studio on the top floor. In the early 1960s the floor floor at No. 4 turned a gallery. The director Michael Powell copied their sets for the classic film Peeping Tom, in which Eco-friendly also starred.

A basement in Gerrard Street was the spot of the 1st rehearsal of Led Zeppelin in August 1968, in which they played “Coach Held A-Rollin'”.[10] The exact spot of the basement is unidentified, and it is thought to have been transformed into business enterprise premises lots of decades back.

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