Living in China. Chinese Food.

It occurred to me that if I took Sea into a Chinese restaurant in America she wouldn’t know it was Chinese, the food is so different. Below is a typical dinner sea prepares for 5 people.

Below is a picture of noodle soup. There are literally hundreds of different kinds. Most little shops specialize in some kind or another.

Most restaurants server at least a few fish dishes. All the fish are kept alive and swimming in aquariums so you can pick out the one you want. Some larger restaurants have as many as 100 aquariums on display, each with a different fish or other sea food in it. I’m not a big fan of fish since they are always served whole and are very boney.

Below is a tofu and celery stir fry. There are hundreds of tofu dishes.

Barbecue is anything cooked over charcoal including vegetables and seafood. It’s my favorite Chinese cuisine. It’s usually served outside. Below are pictures of sausage, chicken cartridge, mutton, oysters, cauliflower, etc.

Below is a deep friend duck. It was excellent, but I’m sure my cholesterol went up 10 points after eating it.

Below is the closest thing I’ve come across to what is served in U.S. Chinese restaurants. It is similar to sweet and sour pork.

The Chinese are good bakers, though most of what they bake is very different from U.S. baking. It is very light. Below is a birthday cake for my friend David’s party.

One of my favorite Chinese foods is lotus root soup. It is slow cooked in small clay puts that are arranged inside large clay pots with a charcoal fire in the bottom. Every place has their own recipe. No tw places serve it made the same way.

My friend June opened a restaurant serving Taiwanese food. The oyster and egg omlet shown below was my favorite dish. Below that is an sampler plate.

Hand pulled noodles are excellent. They are made to order, either as long , or short noodles or like flakes. They are passed outside where they are boiled for a minute or two, then veggies, meats, eggs, or whatever are added. Mopst dishes are served with a side of broth. Cost is about $1.20.

Somewhere I have better pictures of the noodles being made. I’ll substitute them when I find them.

In the early evenings many small night markets are set up. They are pleasant places to visit in the cool part of the day. Street food vendors set up with their skewers of mutton, sausage, etc.

Day markets are generally larger than night markets. Everything is fresh. If you pick out a chicken it will be killed. bled, plucked and chopped into pieces within 5 minutes.

Here is a good stir fry of pork, black mushrooms green and red peppers, ginger, garlic, and…? It was a little fatty, but had good flavor.

A rare Greek salad. Found it in Hong Kong.

I don’t know what to call these things, maybe a form of dumplings. The brown ones are pork. The white are noodles. Not bad, escpecially with the addition of some hot pepper sauce.

Healthy eating. The is similar to Napa cabbage cooked the glass noodles and crushed nuts. Once again, a little hot pepper sauce helped things along.

Cute waitress.


About Charles Kirtley

Have been living in SE Asia and China since 2007. I have an opinion on most every subject, and don't mind sharing them. Lover and collector of worthless facts.
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