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(I Miss) Bizarre Flavor Combos

Ok, I’ll say it.  I really miss Chinese food.

When I first got home almost two weeks ago, I was thrilled to go back to my regular diet.  In China, most of the dishes have lots of oil, and I didn’t have a lot of fresh salads, pasta, or bread. And the big one that’s missing from Chinese food is CHEESE. Except for Pizza Hut or the occasional dish as pictured below, cheese isn’t part of the Chinese diet. It’s a whole country — over a billion people — who don’t eat cheese. I don’t know how I survived the summer.

But time has passed, and I miss the feasts that were every day occurrences there. I miss the way we all shared our food, and got to try lots of different dishes. I miss having to use thin tissues instead of napkins, eat off of tiny saucers instead of actual plates, and remember which chopsticks were for serving and which were for eating.

So good, so gone.

I know there are lots of Chinese restaurants here, but it’s not the same. This is a post to honor the way that food in China puts together flavors that you never expected would go together.  It seems odd, but it usually works.

Pork… Slathered in Berry, Pineapple, Peach Sauce.

A loaf of bread… filled with sweet goodness and ice cream.

Regular Lays chips… with lobster cheese flavor

Pork bun… with soup inside to drink with a straw.

Pumpkin…. coated in steaming hot candy

A popsicle… with peas and red bean flavor

Make-your-own little meat wraps… with tofu wrappers instead of wontons

Pineapple… filled with pineapple sticky rice.

Looking at all these photographs is making me hungry. Are you in the Boston area? Where can I go for really good, at least somewhat authentic, Chinese food? Or do I have to travel back through 12 time zones?

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10 thoughts on “(I Miss) Bizarre Flavor Combos

  1. Elissa on said:

    There is a soup dumpling place in Chinatown!

  2. Well, cheese is not very popular un chinese kitchen due to, that chinese get in problems to eat it. There is just the swiss sbrinz who does not have those encyme.

  3. Hey Sara, oh my gosh the same thing happened to me when I got back from the trip. I really miss all the yummy treats we enjoyed and oddly enough I’m addicted to orange juice as if I didn’t get enough over there (even having it three times a day in large quantities). I just finished my own blog (check in out again now that it’s complete), it was great reliving all the fun times, I’m a little sad it’s over, but I’m ready for another adventure!! Glad you’re home safely, and who knows if I’m in the Boston area maybe we can hunt for some good Chinese food together 😉

  4. Chinatown! We all ate fabulously at Taiwan Cafe not too long ago. Enjoy!

  5. Edith C 8th grade on said:

    how did you like that bean Popsicle?

  6. Crystal! on said:

    i feel your pain when i was in florida all i had was pizza and donuts and i hada hard time getting used to eating vegtables ):

  7. Anna S. on said:

    All these pictures are making me hungry too!!

    You’re right, Ms. Krakauer, cheese isn’t really part of the Chinese diet. Besides eating American food like macaroni and cheese or pizza, I don’t really eat cheese.
    I can’t decide which photos I like the best, they’re all good!!

    But don’t worry, Ms. Krakauer!!!! Here’s a restaurant not far from the school!! You can dine in it, get take out, or get it delivered!!

    Sichuan Palace
    7 Summer Street, #17 – 18
    Chelmsford, MA 01824

    $2.00 Delivery Fee Min. $20.00

    Weekend Special Available

    Call:
    978 – 256 – 8545
    978 – 256 – 8641
    Fax: (978) 256 – 7050

    Or go to:
    http://www.chuanbawangrestaurant.com

    Open Daily:
    Mon. – Closed except 12/31/2012
    Tues. – Thurs. 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
    Fri. & Sat. 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
    Sun. 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    There’s a brochure for the restaurant, I included all the information on the front.

    Hope this helps!!
    😉 ~ Anna

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