Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Backdoor Culinary Tour of Modern China

Hey, good to see you! It's been awhile. Are you hungry? I'm starving. Let's see what there is to eat. Here's some old friend you'll probably recognize:

Chocolate Oreos

Peanut Butter

Even though I don't get up for it very often, my favorite meal is breakfast. These are steamed dumplings filled with pork sausage...

Breakfast

...but these are my favorite! They're dumplings filled with pork sausage and pan-fried. I go to the same place for breakfast almost every day.

Dumplings 2

I just went to the grocery store, let's see what's in the fridge. Oh, take a look at this. Yep, that's right, yougurt is a beverage in China. This one is strawberry, and it toally beats strawberry milk.

Drinkable Yoghurt 1

Oooh! This is the best ice cream bar in China.

Magnum Bar

I like these cookies. They're covered in black sesame seeds, and inside is a kind of sweet bean paste. Sounds gross, but they kinda taste like peanut butter.

Black Seseme Cookies

My favorite thing here by far is all the fresh produce. Look at these tiny mandarin oranges!

Tropical Fruit 1

These are called li in China, and nashi in Japan. In the US they are known as Asian Pears. They are crisp like apples and taste like lovely, fresh ripe pears.

Pears 5

This is xiao bai cai, Chinese cabbage. It's similar, but not quite the same as what I've seen in the US labelled as bok choy.This is a staple vegetable here.

Xiao Bai Cai

Sounds good? Okay, let's cook some up. Lot's of garlic, of course, a quick trip in a wok...

Xiao Bai Cai 2

So, now who gets the ice cream for dessert?

4 comments:

Jessica Bolt said...

Chineese Oreos?! And Chineese peanut butter?! Do they taste the same?!

Evelyn said...

Hi,
I'm glad things are going well for you! My dad forwarded me your latest update, and it's great to hear about your life there.
Evelyn Hinds

kristi said...

Thanks for sharing! Your blog is so inforamtional!

Lexi said...

Hey!! I found you, yay! I'll try and catch up on your blogg when I get a chance, lol, not online that often, but I get on about once a week when I can. I MISS YOU!! *huggles* Thanks for calling me on my birthday, that was awesome!