Finally, the post you all have been waiting for (or okay, maybe just Stephanie), where I talk about food. I’m sure this will be the first of many posts on the subject…but for now, and introduction.
Many people have asked me questions, like “what have you been eating?” And no, the answer is not dog or cat.
In the first 3.5 weeks when I was in Beijing, the answer was fairly simple: Jiaozi and green beans. We found a great little “hut” of sorts with Jiaozi (dumplings) for less than $1. We ate there almost every day. And I just love green beans.
Obviously, I did eat some other foods in Beijing. But those were the highlights. But then at last I arrived in Yinchuan. A place with a kitchen, (well, some might consider that an overstatement), and I have to figure out what I’m eating daily in my home. We have a pretty great supermarket nearby, as well as a nice little import store, where I can find things like cheese and chocolate chips! Fresh fruit and veggies abound from local sellers. Every day is the Farmer’s Market.
Yinchuan also has some unique local food–“Muslim cuisine,” which includes some very delicious kabobs. It is also well known for noodles (which are also quite tasty). I’ve actually been doing a lot of cooking at home…partly due to the fact that if there’s not a picture menu, I’m not really quite sure what I’m ordering. (Hence, how I ended up with a milk tea featuring raisins, peanuts and black beans.) There are definitely some limitations with a single burner and small oven (although I got a bigger one that fits a 9 x 13 pan!) and but cooking, just like life in China, is always an adventure.
Don’t have chocolate chips? How about some Dove chocolate bars? Actually, the availability of Dove chocolate is probably both a blessing and curse for me.
When in doubt, there are always eggs. And, we can even order pizza! 🙂