Here are some pictures we took of food we ate in China.
One does not drink tap water in China. Even in the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in (in Guanghzhou) there are signs by the bathroom faucet reminding you not to drink the water. This water is bottled by Coke, if we were lucky we could find it for under 2 Yuan, about 30 cents a bottle.
I bought these biscuits at a popular bakery (they call it “Mickey”), turns out the biscuits have a fair amount of pepper in them. We didn’t finish them.
We assembled this dish from separate vegetable and meat dishes. There were no paper plates or forks, so eventually I figured out I could pay for extra carry-out containers for us to eat from. Notice the chicken bones on the lid behind.
This is Hanna eating dinner in the room. She did really well considering she had never held a chopstick until 4 days earlier.
These were a staple food during our time in Xian. 18 Yuan is about $3.
I bought roasted chestnuts from a street vendor a few steps from our hotel entrance. In this picture I’m trying to explain to her that I only want 5 of them, and she is trying to explain to me that they don’t come that way. They were interesting to try, but not our thing. Another day I bought a roasted sweet potato from the same cart, I didn’t actually get to taste that, Lucy and Mom ate it.
This is a pork pita thing. This was another staple during our time in Xian. I would walk to the restaurant next door and point to the picture and hold up 4 fingers. For carry-out I would be given 4 of these stacked in the bottom of a plastic bag. I tried to get one of the top ones, they were crispier.
This is a noodle restaurant we went to, our girl loves noodles (good thing we waited to buy the rice cooker). The name and theme are wheat.
Lucy doesn’t like a lot of sweets, but one afternoon she was eating the ketchup (from Dad’s hamburger) with a toothpick.
This was beef and rice on the plane from Xian to Guanghzhou. I found a hair in mine and didn’t eat it. I found some granola in my bag to tide me over. The man next to me ate his so voraciously that I thought perhaps he had never eaten. I offered my bread to him.
This is at the orphanage. Clockwise from Lucy the dishes are; cabbage, scrambled eggs and tomatoes, pork, sweet and sour zucchini, chicken and celery, cooked greens. in the middle are steamed buns with filling.
This was at a dumpling restaurant, if you do it right, all dumplings look the same from the outside, so they label the steamer trays. This symbol means beef.
This is chicken from the restaurant next door to the hotel. Needless to say it was a little spicy for us.
Things “we ate” is an overstatement on these potato chips, but on our last day in China I bought them at the grocery store for Lucy – kind of one last hurrah – she loved them! In case you are having trouble with the label, it says “Fermented Soy Bean Prawn Flavor”.
This is chicken and rice we had on the plane back to the US. Lucy ate every bite of everything on her tray, I found some granola in my backpack.