Trying to order Chinese food for the first time in China can be intimidating, even if a menu has English translations. Waiters, waitresses, and cashiers at authentic Chinese restaurants generally do not have great English skills – especially outside of Shanghai and Beijing – and learning Chinese can be a long and challenging process. Fortunately […]
Morning bowl of oatmeal, meet your Eastern counterpart: Chinese congee. You may have heard this popular breakfast dish referred to as rice porridge, gruel, or jook, but how much do you really know about this staple Chinese food? We give you a straight-forward guide to one of our favorite Chinese food dishes and even some recipes […]
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Huǒ guō – better know as hot pot – is a taste of China you are soon to never forget. How it works is pretty self-explanatory: you have a hot pot, you order food, you cook it in the hot pot, voilà. Think of this like fondue, where the fondue is not cheese, but boiling water with […]
All countries in the world have one thing in common: delicious food. From India to Brazil, food is something that is unique to each country that all travelers can enjoy. Specifically in China, I have noticed that many foreigners (including myself) always order the same dishes. In this post I have provided some new dishes […]
Food shapes culture. The renowned gastronome, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said: “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” This makes perfect sense – I too believe that the best way to learn about a culture is through food. When I travel I want to feel like an insider, and that […]