Food Adventures

A fruit stall where we bought fresh fruit

Hi! I had this written last weekend and forgot to post it like a dolt, so here it is!!! This is probably part 1 of 2 – 3 posts about food as this definitely is not everything I could say/share, especially on dishes specific to this region, but I haven’t decided exactly when the next ones will be.

When I have time (on days when I do not have an 8am class) this is my typical breakfast. A tea egg (an egg hard boiled with tea flavoring) and on the left what is essentially a savory pancake with meat in the middle.
On days where my morning is a bit more rushed, I like grabbing a yogurt drink like this one (which is blueberry flavored).
Many of your favorite fast food chains are here in China including MacDonalds, KFC, and Pizza Hut. They have some different flavors/options but are fairly familiar, however, they are not particularly inexpensive here, unlike their bottom dollar reputation in the US.
Some US snacks can be found here as well, but most have unfamiliar flavor options.
CocaCola is particularly popular here (though so is Pepsi), and Lays also has a great selection. I personally don’t know how I will live without Spicy Hot Pot flavor Lays when I return to the US……
Similar to instant coffee, this is instant milk tea, with flavoring, a separate sugar packet, and a small fruit add in (similar to boba pearls). I personally like this chocolate flavor.
I find this kind of pre-packaged fruit convenient to pick up after class fro a snack. It is usually 4-6 yuan, under one American dollar.
One style of meal at the caf (apart from noodles, buns or dumplings) is this, where you can choose one from several meat dishes and 2-4 vegetable dishes.
Dumplings with my roommate!
A meal at one of the cafs with a buffet-style line, which I liked a lot the first few weeks to try lots of different things.
Buns at a small place on campus, slightly more expensive than the caf at 9 yuan per group of beef filling buns, but still inexpensive compared to many American meals.
Malatang (which literally includes “Spicy Soup” in the name) is a style where you choose what you want from a cold case, you pay by the weight of what you’ve chosen, and then its cooked and brought out to you in a hot (and often quite spicy) broth.
The Malatang choices at a place just off campus, including various noodles, vegetables, and some meat and egg options.
One of the options at the market on campus, this is essentially the Chinese answer to the hamburger/pulled pork sandwiches.
Hot pot is a shared meal with (extremely) hot broth set into the middle of the table, which you then use to cook various meats and vegetables.
The aftermath of a group of us going out for Chinese barbecue, with so many skewers of different meats and things I cannot possibly name them all, but I tried ( and liked) chicken heart for the first time.

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  1. So cool to see what’s available for the students. Dim sum is a favorite of mine- not sure what region(s) it’s from. Come visit and you can be in charge of choosing our lunch in the Chinese neighborhood. : ) Keep Up the studying!


  2. 😉 Don’t suppose there’s a fortune cookie with each meal? Do you feel like American asian food is a semblance of what you eat each day? Is soy sauce different? Wondering if you have had any conversations with children? And also, are there different sounding dialects through out China–i.e. “southern drawl” etc. Love you!!!


    1. There’s not a fortune cookie pretty much anywhere, actually. I’m fairly certain fortune cookies are an American invention (I think they started in California but I’m not sure, I’ll try to remember to fact check later). I think some American chinese food is similar, but there’s also different styles in different regions, so some that I find different may be representative of different areas, though I do think restaurants are not super similar to our cafeteria food. I think the soy sauce is about the same, but I’m not a great conessuire (spelling is bad, sorry). I chatted with a young girl on the plane on the way here a bit, but since then haven’t had a real conversation with any children. Different areas of China do have differences in pronunciation, however, the government promoted Beijing’s pronunciation as most proper and correct.


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