I’m just beginning to explore the wonders of Chinese food. I grew up eating it all the time, but before I left for this trip, people kept telling me, “It’s different in China. What you know is AMERICAN Chinese food and it’s not authentic.” I am here to report that the Chinese food that I’ve eaten in the United States is somewhat authentic… but there’s so much more. Imagine if you’d never eaten fruit and someone let you try an apple. You’d know about one type of fruit, but you’d be missing all the wonders of raspberries, peaches, grapes, and all the other amazing varieties. I’ve only been here a few days, so I’m just starting to see the array of options in the Chinese diet. Here are a few of the most delicious and strange ones I’ve encountered:
1. Homemade Noodles and Dumplings: Yum!
2. Large animals in a Pot: Yuck. Ok, I just saw these on a menu and didn’t even try them. Maybe I’ll work up the courage.
4. Corn Ice Cream Pop: Yuck (but I tried it). This is not corn on the cob. It’s creamy corn-flavored ice cream inside a wafer-like crust.
Don’t worry. This will not be the last food post from China.