Friday, October 7, 2011

Scary Farmer's House

Lunch at Happy Farmer’s House
Mutiyanu, about an hour outside of Beijing 

Happy Farmer’s Houses are places for families to go to escape the urban life -  just a place to  unwind, have some country cooking, play some ping pong - a farmland park outside of the city.

Walter & Lily at Happy Farmer's House


Happy Farmer’s House is where I discovered I’m not quite as adventurous as I’d thought I was when it comes to food.

I have been game to try a variety of exotic foods while here - I knew, of course, that what we call “Chinese food” in America bears little resemblance to REAL Chinese food.

Happy Farmhouse proved that to me today.
Lunch consisted of fried fish heads & tails, jellied dofu, black fungus, a bland cornmeal cake, a thin, watery congee, and some kind of stewed chicken - with the chicken head floating amongst the skin in a slimy gravy.

<cue scary horror flick music here>
another kind of cock's comb

I tried to be gracious, and I did try a tiny bit of (almost) everything - but this is the one day I went away hungry.


  1. Ha ha ha! This is hilarious. I can't imagine what I would do if someone served me a chicken head floating in gravy, but I suspect I would most definitely go away hungry, like you did.

    Brings to mind that scene at the end of "A Christmas Story" where the waiter at the Chinese restaurant brings out the goose, complete with neck and head!

  2. Your blog posts are convincing me that I never want to go to China... first toilets on the floor with no TP in sight, and now chicken heads in gravy.

  3. Aww, AJ, I never took you for a wuss!!!!!