Zao po cu

Item: Zao po cu, 糟粕醋
Date: February 7, 2022
Location: 张家仁安糟粕醋店, Wenchang, China
Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Aside from the famous Wenchang chicken, Wenchang has another lesser known local specialty – a street food called “zao po cu”, which literally means “lees vinegar” (lees are the leftover residual stuff from wine fermentation, apparently). It uses lees as a soup base and contains a variety of random stuff including shrimp, cow internal organs, pork belly, clams, daikon radish, bean sprout, and seaweed. Yea, really weird combination. I had a bowl at a hole-in-the-wall (almost literally) joint and at first I wasn’t hopeful for anything mindblowing. It even scared me a little because…well it wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing food dish out there. But the taste surprised me and now I know to never judge a book by its cover. The soup base wasn’t as strong as I had expected, and all the random stuff that was thrown together actually complemented each other quite well in terms of texture and taste. I indeed rather enjoyed it, to my surprise!

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