Xindian

Generally, whatever my students and friends put in front of me, I eat.  This particular Wednesday night, I went to have dinner in Xindian with Amanda and Jessie, my former students and now, friends.  Here they are standing in front of the restaurant.  We ate simply and paid less than $2 each.  The meal consisted of rice with pork juice poured over the top, tofu, and soup.

Amanda and Jessie in front of a restaurant in Xindian
Amanda and Jessie in front of a restaurant in Xindian

Dessert was different, but there was nothing weird about it.  It consisted of a crepe which served as the tortilla for an ice cream burrito.  The young lady who prepared it first shaved off some peanut sprinkles from a huge block of peanuts in what I think was sugar cane molasses.

A block of peanuts in sugar cane molasses
A block of peanuts in sugar cane molasses

The crepe and peanuts were the base for three flavors of ice cream, strawberry, pineapple, and mango.  Here’s the clencher, though: the finishing touch was a sprig of cilantro.

After adding a sprig of cilantro, the young lady wrapped the crepe like a burrito.
After adding a sprig of cilantro, the young lady wrapped the crepe like a burrito.

I picked out the cilantro, but the rest was delicious.

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