Yunnan Aged Ham: A Culinary Treasure


Semi-wild black pigs are the basis for Yunnan cured ham.

Semi-wild black pigs are the basis for Yunnan cured ham.

Yunnan Province in China is like heaven for people who love food. Of all the provinces in China, Yunnan has the most ethnic minorities, and the widest variety of food, especially many wild foods. Some of these local specialties, like wild mountain fungus, require specialized experts to find and prepare, the knowledge passed down through families over the centuries. One of these specialties is Yunnan cured, aged ham.

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A Food Tour of Yunnan: Day 4


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*Note: my friend and I took a trip around Yunnan Province for four days, focusing on food and adventure. It was an incredible trip in so many ways. I hope that this four-part series of articles about the trip delights and enchants you as much as the trip did me. Before you read this, Part Four, you may want to catch up by reading Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. This is the last part in the series.

On the fourth and last day of our food tour of Yunnan, we returned from Shaxi back to Dali in a small van. The van was much less crowded on this journey, so we were able to actually sit down and relax, and contemplate the trip, as vast expanses of Chinese mountains and farmland rolled past the windows. It was slightly overcast and drizzling — perfect weather for pondering food, love, and life.

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A Food Tour of Yunnan: Day 2


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*Note: my friend and I took a trip around Yunnan Province for four days, focusing on food and adventure. It was an incredible trip in so many ways. I hope that this four-part series of articles about the trip delights and enchants you as much as the trip did me. Before you read this, Part Two, you may want to catch up by reading Part One.

Waking up in Dali old town, I was greeted with the serenading of birds and the warm fingers of the sun. At this time of the year, the weather in Yunnan Province is somewhere between hot and cool – a perfect warmth that caresses you with light breezes and a clear, bright, blue sky. Dali and its surroundings are in a hilly region, so that the elevated altitude seems to make the air even fresher and crisper. My friend and I checked out of the hostel with excitement in our spirits, ready to have a local, Dali breakfast and then to begin the trip to Shaxi.

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A Food Tour of Yunnan: Day 1


One of the eastern gates of Dali old town.

One of the eastern gates of Dali old town.

*Note: my friend and I took a trip around Yunnan Province for four days, focusing on food and adventure. It was an incredible trip in so many ways. I hope that this four-part series of articles about the trip delights and enchants you as much as the trip did me.

Food is about so much more than food. It is about travel, adventure, and forging friendships. It is about seeing and experiencing new things, about transporting us to new levels of pleasure and amazement. It is not only about eating and discovering new cuisines, but also discovering new cultures, people, tastes, and traditions. And our food tour of Dali and Shaxi – in Yunnan Province, China – provided all of this and more.

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Food Ergo Love Goes on the Road!


Dali, Yunnan, China.

Tomorrow, Food Ergo Love will set out on our first road trip! My lovely assistant and I will be riding a train (also a new experience for me in China) to the ancient Chinese towns of Dali and Shaxi. Both towns are old and traditional, but Shaxi is like stepping into the past. I will be eating as much local food as possible, and of course photographing it and writing about it the entire week. So stay tuned food lovers, for some of the best articles so far on Food Ergo Love, as I travel and share my food tour with you nightly!

Shaxi, Yunnan, China.

Shaxi, Yunnan, China.