Monday, March 15, 2010

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Harbin, China

On tonight’s episode of No Reservations, Tony heads to Harbin in China’s northeastern “Dongbei” area in the cold of winter - a season that defines the character of the Dongbei people and the nature of their cuisine. First up, Tony meets with his new friend Alan Wang to discuss the region, before heading into the ice-cold streets to eat pork belly and pork meatballs with local workers.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel
Tony then heads for the train station for a trip to Yabuli, a work in progress winter sports resort outside Harbin in the Changbai Mountain Range. Then it's back to the city to meet up with Dmitry, a Russian friend of Alan’s from nearby Vladivostok. The two have a meal of Russian fare at Around the World Russian restaurant and consume a mass amount of vodka. The next morning, Tony heads out for some ice fishing, which is not something I’d want to partake in after a long night of binge drinking!

To wrap up his visit to Harbin, Tony eats a big banquet meal at Lao Liu Sha Zhu Cai, which literally means “kill pig cuisine”. It is a reference to the Lunar New Year tradition of slaughtering a pig for the big holiday feast, and Sha Zhu Cai is the collective name for all the dishes that can be part of that feast, pig and otherwise. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty intense episode, and definitely not one to miss!

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs Monday nights at 10/9c on the Travel Channel.
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