|Entrance from South Yongchang Road to the Zhengning Street Food Night Market|
A recent conversation with someone who lives in Lanzhou, Gansu province reminded me of Lanzhou's Zhengning Street Food Night Market (正宁路小吃夜市). While I was exploring another supposed Lanzhou night market (It was identified incorrectly in a guide and was actually just a street with many restaurants), a helpful college student I questioned suggested Zhengning Street. It sounded like it had potential, and it turned out to be one of the better food night markets I have come across in mainland China. The night market includes many of the requisite small food stalls and also has several restaurants lining the street. I happily ate there several times during my time in Lanzhou.
To capture some of the night market's spirit, I will share several scenes. They show just a small sample of the foods available there (warning: could cause intense cravings, although one photo in particular might dampen a few appetites). I recommend exploring its full options if you ever find yourself in Lanzhou. It is a truly "local experience", and you will eat well.
And Dad, happy Father's Day. Sorry I can't send any of this your way to celebrate.
|Dining alfresco at one of the restaurants|
|Pick your noodles and then several toppings|
|One of my creations (with green noodles of course)|
|One of several noodles places|
|A variety of lamb parts for your dining pleasure|
|Plenty of lamb heads are available.|
|If a lamb head is not to your liking, maybe a leg of lamb will do.|
|There are also options if you like your meat sans bones.|
|Or there are numerous varieties of beans and nuts to choose from if you want some snacks sans both bones & meat.|