China is relatively cheap, the most expensive meal I ate cost me about 40 yuan which is about 6 dollars. Chinese cuisine is quite flavorful and warm, most of the dishes are warm which is what I prefer.
I was fed two meals a day by the school I volunteered with, so I only had to tend to my breakfast and sometimes a late night snack. The closest to western breakfast I had while in Xian, was boiled eggs with bread, haha, we just couldn’t find any shops with cereal, milk, so we had to make do, with what we found. My first meal in China was the Chinese hamburger, Rou jia mo shown above, it was delicious**** I finished every bit of it, much different from the burgers I know, the bread was much thinner and you could feel the meat, goodness! As for the soup, I guess am not a soup person, I drank it out of courtesy to the friend who accompanied me but I really couldn’t finish it.
My favorite for breakfast was baozi, this most times had fillings such as beef, vegetables and I went for spicy all of the times. Somehow, I can’t find any of my pictures with baozi, am not sure how I could have forgotten to take at least one photograph, my apologies.
Shown above, is the first meal I had at the institute. It was good, really good! Since returning from China, egg sauce is something I had to properly learn how to make, I regret not getting this exact recipe, no matter how much I try, I can’t seem to replicate the taste. Soup again, well as time went on, I just didn’t serve myself anymore soup. I tried tofu for the first time in China, chewy you know 🙂 Chinese tofu is quite tough, at first I kept wondering what sort of meat I ate 😀 And garlic, hmm I ate it all. here’s a funny thing, when I returned from China, I went visiting my Mom and stayed with her for a whole week. For that whole week, according to her, I reeked of garlic.
The dumpling soup was amazing and I think it cost about 12 yuan and the Chinese hotpot, ah! I think because it was very new to me, I didn’t really know what to do, I did eat some and cooked some veggies, noodles and meat, but eh I couldn’t really enjoy, I think I prefer already made food.
Chow si mein is stir fried noodles. This was definitely my most eaten meal in Xian, it was cheap 6yuan, had a generous amount of chicken, okay maybe not so so generous, but it was good. Just perfect. I had this several times at the same restaurant, the staff were quite friendly and entertaining.
Seen above, was our first meal at the muslim quarters. Unfortunately I don’t remember the names of the dishes, my sincerest apologies, ’twas good, ’twas really good.
The second time I ate here, I tried the Liangpi, Xian cold noodles. Cold food is really not my thing!
I only tried the pastries in C, I wanted something sweet, no it wasn’t sweet.
Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant, the fish was awesome, and by the way I ate kimchi, not knowing it was kimchi, haha. Can’t wait to go to South Korea though.
This was okay, the noodles. Yes, just okay!
I think I had the prawns as a late night snack in Beijing, I had these together with friends and with some boiled groundnuts 😀 Spicy chinese prawns + boiled groundnuts.
The train ride from Xian to Beijing was approximately 13-14 hours, we got sleeping tickets and had cup noodles for dinner. This was my first time having cup noodles, I tried having them again upon returning to Hungary, of course not the same brand, but it just wasn’t the same.
In Beijing, for our first meal we got treated out by our hosts to a quite fancy restaurant, so so this was my most expensive meal, but I didn’t have to pay any cost, how awesome is that. The food is set on a round table. I love the concept of dining on a round table. It allows for discussion and sharing and then everyone gets to taste every meal on the table. I don’t know how many other countries have this culture, but this is definitely something to be learnt from Chinese dining culture.
And finally Peking duck, first time having duck meat! It was really good, we were served this with some type of light bread and veggies and sauce, this is one thing that I don’t regret eating, with all the hype. Usually things with a lot of hype, don’t end up interesting me in any way.
something Japanese in Beijing. This was at a popular tourist market. This was takoyaki, I didn’t know what it was at that time, its basically a ball shaped flour made snack, filled with diced octopus, the filling can be any other thing though. This was fun! literally.
And there goes my experience of food in China. Hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures.