I have always loved Chinese food. Chinese buffets in the US were always a treat and, when we lived there, we purchased rice by the 25 pound bag. … I remember buying a 25 pound bag of rice in college and walking back to the dorm with it. Chinese, and other Asian countries have wonderful food.
But, just like any other country you go to, the ‘real deal’ is different. Real Mexican food doesn’t taste like Taco Bell and real Chinese food doesn’t taste like the local Chinese Buffet. It is almost like there is another type of food created ‘Chinese-American’ – and it is still good.
Coming to China has been a wonderful (usually) exploration of the ‘real’ Chinese food.
Let me back up, China is huge and the food varies a lot over different areas (just like it does between Washington, Alabama, or New York). We have been trying different area’s foods, but most of our exploration has been foods from the northwest, where we are living.
The northwest is much more wheat and corn based than rice based. We still buy rice here (by the big bag) but it isn’t near as common as I thought it would be – turns out it is more of a southern food.
But beyond the rice difference, there are lots of foods here I have never heard of or seen. I wanted to share them with you.
Chinese food seen in China
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