Miaogou, Inner Mongolia, China
September is the month for harvest.
莜麦 naked oat
It can be processed with a simple machine like this.
莜面饸饹 steamed naked oat noodles
The noodles are eaten with minced meat, chilli, and sesame paste.
Naked oat contains four times the amount of fat as wheat.
They have to be heated and dried quickly before they go bad.
The family kitchen gets busy as children and grandkids come back for a visit.
Naked oat flour.
Rolled-up naked oat flour is called 栲栳栳, which means “round-bottomed basket”.
栲栳栳 steamed naked oat rolls
It’s often eaten together with meat, typically mutton.
莜面花角 naked oat “flower buns”
莜面海蚌 clam-shaped naked oat
It’s harvest season here as well.
Soft lovegrass seeds are among the world’s smallest grains.
150 seeds combined have the same weight as one grain of wheat.
Its Chinese name is equally romantic, 画眉草, which means “eye-brow painting grass”.
The locals in Ethiopia call it teff.
It’s rich in fat and protein.
Fermented teff batter is heated over a flat iron griddle.
It looks like sponge.
The national dish of Ethiopia.
Injera is often eaten with a variety of stews.
Heli, Guangxi Province, China
Made into “year cake”.
年糕 year cake
Rice and grains, with a big spoonful of tea or soup.
油茶 “oily tea”, or rice paste
The Dong people celebrate the birth of a child with a banquet, typically held on the third day after the baby’s birth.
There is a lot of food.
The baby’s grandmother also contributes.
She takes out her precious collection of meat and vegetables.
The method of preserving meat and vegetables with salt and glutinous rice is called 酸—sour.
A freshly caught fish is marinated with salt.
Then dried and smoked over a fire.
The fish is rubbed in glutinous rice.
酸鱼 sour cured fish
酸菜 sour vegetables
酸豇豆 sour Chinese long beans
酸肉 sour cured meat
酸鸭 sour cured duck
This duck has been preserved for five years.
Villagers and relatives are on their way, bearing gifts.
The gifts are glutinous rice and sour cured duck.
Half of the gifts are kept, while the other half are returned to the guests along with gifts from the host.
The banquet begins.
And lasts for three days.
The flesh of the shark is toxic, if eaten directly.
The meat is buried under rocks for fermentation.
It’s then hung to dry for months.
Gong’an, Jingzhou, Hubei Province, China
Some of the fish caught are preserved.
While others are processed immediately.
Add starch and various ingredients to the fish meat.
Add egg yolk.
鱼糕 fish cake
The leftover parts of the fish are fried.
煎鱼尾 pan-fried fish
The entrails of fish can also be cooked.
炖鱼杂 stewed fish offal
How to judge if the fish you’ve cooked is delicious: