Dai-Style BBQ – Manting Park, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan

One of the coolest things about the quotidian life in Southern Yunnan, or Jinghong in particular, is the leisurely pace of life, inherited from its neighbors to the south.  A part of this is late-night streetside barbecue, which doesn’t really get going until ten or eleven at night, couples and groups of friends and families alike gathering around rickety tables spread with plastic, to sit and revel in the sounds of portable karaoke machines, clinking beer bottles, to marinate in the scented smoke rolling off the charcoal grills and the open late summer air.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ skewers 1 House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ skewers 2A carnivore’s dream, in skewer form.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ meat skewers House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled fish sweet grass House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled fish sweet grass 2 House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grillThe pork belly was lightly crisped on the fat side, rich and juicy, and came with a pile of chili salt for dipping.  I could eat this for days and be happy.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled pork bellyThe sweetgrass (香草) wrapped fish, with chilis and herbs, was beautifully charred on the outside, the blackened grass sealing in the moisture.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled fish sweet grassThis pineapple sticky rice is another dish that I saw everywhere (not complaining).  The chopped-up pineapple saturated the sticky rice with tangy sweetness, almost to the point of cloying (because of how sweet the pineapple was).  The acidity helped balance it out, and this was a great complement to the smokiness and spice of the BBQ.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan pineapple sticky riceGizzard.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled gizzardsTofu.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan BBQ grilled tofuWild mushrooms in banana leaf.House of Haos Xishuangbanna Yunnan grilled mushrooms banana leafThe meats were, to me, slightly more delicious than the vegetables, but that’s because the chili salt was so delicious, and everything was so fresh (which came out more in the meats).  The smokiness translates better.  Or more truthfully, I didn’t really order many vegetables, because I like meat more than vegetables.

曼听小寨玉丙黎明傣家烧烤
Dianping

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