Cover your eyes, food-curious readers. We discovered a locals-oriented food market in Chengdu, China. Some of our discoveries are not pretty.
During our 12-day tour of this fascinating country, Adventures by Disney took us only to restaurants that met the company's high standards for food safety. On our own, we uncovered places where American staples like temperature control, hand-cleaning and keeping raw foods off the dirty street aren't priorities. Here's a photo tour.
Curiousities at a food market in Chengdu, China
A video that sums up the random food market in Chengdu, China
As we were leaving late on this steamy day, we came across a man standing on top of a big truck.
Using a long stick with a rope basket at the end, he scooped batch after batch of what appear to be small sharks out of three containers at the top of the truck. He dumped each batch into plastic containers. Men were lined up to receive the bounty. Each one threw a few onto the street and into a discard basket, then left with a full basket of choice items when done. I assume these men were retailers or restaurant cooks. Watch the squiggling in action.
That's it, merry food voyeurs. Now you know why I so appreciated Adventures by Disney's sophisticated precautions.