On closer inspection, two black-and-white treats (Y1) — one black with a white spot, one white with a black spot — were poured from the same glutinous rice mould. Pretty much the same minimal flavor, too. Just think glutinous.
Sweets Shop 25 Baohua Zhengzhongyue, off Baohua Lu, Guangzhou
The fans and fluorescent lights under the canopy of this alleyway restaurant were strung with a cobweb of wiring; any New York building inspector worth his (or her) salt would reach for a fresh summons book. Closer to ground level, the situation was much simpler; most every table was working on a plateful of pasta, in a little soy sauce (Y2, about 25 cents at the time). These "noodles" were actually thin sheets that had been rolled into rods, then cut into bite-sized pieces — simple, satisfying fare even a civil servant couldn't fault.
Outdoor Noodle Eatery Shiwufu 3 Xiang, off Baohua Lu, Guangzhou