Hao Bao Qing Organic Farm – Kunming, Yunnan, China

We took an afternoon trip to an organic farm about a ninety minute drive outside of Kunming, and walked around the grounds.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Greenhouse House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Sunflowers House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Lettuce House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Cherry TomatoesThose cherry tomatoes were some of the sweetest, most intensely flavored that I’ve ever had (yes, we picked a few off the vines before feeling guilty about taking so many).

At the end of our walk, we headed back to the main entrance, where Haobao has a relatively large kitchen full of freshly picked vegetables and freshly slaughtered meat.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Vegetables House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Marinated Pork BellyThis marinated pork belly turned into this bad boy, studded with peppercorns and lathered in chili oil.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Spicy Pork BellyFresh romaine lettuce tossed in a tangy fermented bean sauce.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm SaladStir-fried squash and cauliflower:House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Squash House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm CauliflowerSome chili eggplant with scallions.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Eggplant ScallionsDeep-fried ribs with mint and chilis.House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Fried Pork Ribs Chili PeppersAnd this was something that I wish we’d ordered:House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Kitchen Chicken Tomatoes House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Grilled Chicken 1 House of Haos Kunming Yunnan Haobao Organic Farm Grilled Chicken 2We were too stuffed, unfortunately, to commandeer a whole chicken.  I could stuff my face with cauliflower all day, and I basically finished off the ribs by myself.  The dishes we had were relatively simply dressed or seasoned, but the ingredients were flavorful and fresh, strong without being indulgent or overwhelming.  Chinese cooking showcases most of these vegetables as they are, but relatively isolated – I’d be curious to see how these wonderful ingredients might come together in a more composed dish.  But, delicious food, and a serene walk full of surprises and lessons, seeing all these plants and fruits in the fields.

Hao Bao Qing Organic Farm (careful, the website has some audio)
昆明市南强步行街履善巷5号

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