"Real" Chinese Food
Honestly, most of the Chinese food that we've had here so far, has basically been fairly "normal" looking and tasting. For example, this was basically a version of a fried sesame chicken, with a General Tso-ish sauce. Pretty delicious.
Some of the is presented a little differently than I'm used to, but tasted pretty much like you'd expect to find anywhere.
Breakfast foods are pretty much the exact same thing as lunch and dinner. Rice, noodles, vegetables, etc. This is an example of what I took from the breakfast buffet one day at the hotel in Beijing.
This was apparently the Chinese version of an American breakfast. We jokingly referred to this meal as "eggs, hash browns, grits, and corn bread." The only thing that tasted like its American equivalent was the hard boiled egg, but mine had a small, crunch, partially formed chicken in the middle of the yolk. Yum!
Besides rice (which you can get at literally every meal) this meal had dumplings, lychees, pork that was mixed with a green vegetable that seemed like a mix between broccoli and spinach that we ate at nearly every meal (when we asked for what the English name of that vegetable was, all they told us was "green vegetable"...) And the food on the lower left corner of the tray is sauteed turtle. Check out my "fun" pictures page for a close up of me eating the turtle's foot.
Most soups consist of a meat (with bones still in it), some vegetables, and some noodles. The broth always tastes a little...earthy?
Some of us liked the food more than others.
No one liked it less than Chris!
The Streets of Nanjing
Ron, Troy, and I ventured out one night and walked to a restaurant. We went to a section of town that had apparently never seen tourists before.
The menu, all of the signs, and the language spoken by the workers there were all Chinese. Ordering was a small challenge.
The "workers" were just a man and his wife who were just as fascinated by us as we were by them. After we ordered, they turned around and started cooking it, as the cooktop, the sink, the counter, and the dining tables were all crammed into an area that is smaller than most waiting rooms of American restaurants.
There is the inside of the restaurant.
A good shot of pretty much the entire restaurant
This is what I guess I ordered.
It was delicious!
This was a shot from the butcher shop at the Aushan Market. They were not happy about me taking their picture.
You will find similar products to what you would find in America. Sometimes they even try to translate what it is in English. Like these "slices the cake."
Sometimes the translation is a little more "off" than others.
They really do try to cater to American tastes, like with this...chicken sandwich thing?
...I have no idea.
My favorite snack there were these Powers Easy for Life things. See how the picture looks like Corn Pops cereal? And see how there's a dancing cartoon chick on the left, and two chile peppers on the right? It tastes EXACTLY like the pictures make it look.
Chinese Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut isn't as popular as KFC in China, but it's close.
Here's what one of the menu pages looked like. Ordering was a bit of a challenge, especially if you wanted any kind of change from what was pictured.
The food was pretty much the same as a Pizza Hut in the States. This was a stuffed crust pizza with sausage, chicken, mushroom, and green pepper. Oh, and corn.
We finally found a "Chinese" meal that even Chris would eat. Not the pizza with the corn, but a bowl of pasta. Oh well.
Food at the Closing Banquet
Duck eggs on the final day. They didn't want us to leave China without trying that!
And that is pigeon! They really went all out for us on the last day!
Definitely some type of eggs on the outside of the plate, not sure what the rest of the stuff was...