Noodles. Rice. Bread. Noodles. Rice. Bread. Noodles.
This country is the land of carbs. Every meal is loaded with them. After two weeks, the sight of noodles made my stomach hurt. I needed some good old salads and fruits in my diet once more.
But the fear of unwashed fruits and veggies was rattling my brain, making me stick with some steamed buns and heaping bowls of noodles instead. In Chinese, the word for diarrhea is “la duzi”, or “spicy stomach”, and I just imagined my fruit and veggie consuming experience ending up being extremely…spicy.
My co-workers had been raving about the wet market. They whipped up dishes of pure delight, filled with healthy options – juicy tomatoes, mushrooms cooked to perfection, wonderfully steamed bok choy. I was jealous. So I put my spicy stomach fears aside and headed to the wet market.
The first experience at the indoor wet market made me want to retreat into a corner and cry. I went at the crack of dawn. Worst decision ever. The vendors were all setting up for the day, so there was trash everywhere. Empty boxes were gathered in the walkways. The overpowering odor of fish and meat and tofu was a bit much for my 6am nose. I scampered on out of the market and envisioned my May 2014 self as a walking noodle.
Two more days passed and another day of exploring the city rolled around. As we approached our apartment after an afternoon of adventures, we stumbled once more on the wet market. Unlike last time where the stalls were being set up, the market was in full swing, the mess had been swept away, and everything looked delicious.
While my two friends were prepping for a big dinner, I just craved some fresh fruits.
Dragon fruit, kiwi, and pears – I finally bought something at the wet market and I felt oh-so-grownup and oh-so-Chinese.
Next week, I plan to venture back to no-carb-land, an oh so heavenly place just around the corner from my apartment, to stock up on some veggies and make my first foray into salad making from produce from the wet market.
And with some luck, the plague of the spicy stomach will stay away for one more day.