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Roasting Sweet Potatos Along the Yong Jiang River to Welcome the New Year

January 18, 2011

Opening the top, originally uploaded by timquijano.

This is done with a stick because it’s so hot. Afterwards, corn, sweet potatos and chickens are put in side.

My tutor, Xiao Zhen , knowing that I’m a bicycle enthusiast, invited me to go on a New Year’s Day ride and sweet potato roast with the Guangxi University Bicycle Club. Of course, I would go, I told her. We rode about 30 or so minutes on the wintery day to the bank of the Yong Jiang River. We gathered rocks, dug pits and built (hollow) mounds around them. Fires were started in the center of the pits. After the fires roasted the inside of the mounds, corn, sweet potatos and chickens were thrown inside, and the mound was collapsed it on itself, killing the fire and surrounding the food with hot rocks. The food was left to cook for about 30 minutes. The group rode bikes, played cards and hung out.

Then, the rocks were scraped off of the tops of the mounds and food was grabbed from the piles of rocks. When Wei Jia and I were munching on some corn next to a mound. He mentioned to me, “You know, this (type of barbeque-ing) is something that only those of us who were born in the 1980s know how to do. You’re students, that 90s generation (in disgust), they only know how to play videogames and sing KTV. Later, a rat ran across the field. Surprisingly enough, a crafty young chap managed to catch it. Then he cleaned it, put it on a stick, roasted it, and ate it.

Quite a day. More pictures here or the slide show.

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