Food Street in Haikou is an impressive culinary endeavour. More than a score of restaurants line the broad boulevard offering cuisines from every region of China.Outside the Grasslands Fat Sheep Mongol restaurant, a doorman and two hostesses in national dress entice some of the crowd to try their unique national dishes. It?s the same outside eateries specialising in dishes from Sichuan, Korea, Japan, Hubei, Guangzhou and many other regional kitchens. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. There were four of us, and we opted for Mongolian because it?s hard to find in Hong Kong. It proved a wise choice. At the table next to us, a couple of burly mainlanders were finishing what looked like a delicious meal. We ordered the same. It was thinly shaven slices of lamb, huge platters of lettuce, turnip, tofu and bean sprouts. A big stainless steel tureen fitted into the middle of the table over a flame, divided cleverly in half. In one section of the cooking utensil was a spicy garlic-laden soup. The other was mild. Take your pick, plunge in the food, cook to your desire, and then eat. Washed down with delicious locally brewed Tiger beer, the meal was stupendous. An hour later we called for the bill, and were astonished when it was a mere RMB 138, including several bottles of beer. Then we were even more astonished when the waitress refused a tip.