What's To Eat in China??

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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Food in China is.......unique. Ok, they have some super crazy food here. There are many different types of restaurants in China. Any kind of food you want you can get. Western style restaurants like Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays, KFC, etc. Japanese food, Thai food, German food (lot's of German expats here), and of course every few feet (literally) you will find a different type of Chinese eating establishment. Prices vary depending on where you eat. If you eat at a Western style restaurant, or Japanese restaurant, the prices will be very comparable to what you would pay in Canada. But if you eat at a Chinese restaurant the food is incredibly cheap.

Our favourite restaurant is a Vegetarian restaurant in the City Centre. We eat there once or twice a week. We will order 6 to 8 dishes of various rices, potatoes, tofu, and vegetables. This includes a Hotpot. Hotpot is very popular in China. Basically your table has a small stovetop burner on it with a pot. When the water, or broth, is boiling you add the various vegetables, tofu, and whatever else (meat) into the pot, cook it up and take it out when it's ready to eat. This meal usually comes to about 80-90RMB which is about $14CAN. We walk out of there feeling stuffed to the gills.

We haven't really eaten much meat since we have come over. Most of the teachers have jumped right in and eat anything put before them. All of them have had some stomach issues through the last 3 months. Lois and I have been fortunate so far. No stomach issues at all. The food has been great. The Chinese people really like meat with their meals though, so in many establishments it's pretty difficult to find a lot of vegetarian dishes on the menu. And, most of those menu's include a lot of pretty weird and crazy stuff. It's amazing what the Chinese will eat. You name it, they eat it. Think of any part of any animals body, inside and out, and they eat it. Last weekend one of our student's dad brought home a complete cow head. They ate the whole thing up throughout the weekend. The kid loved it. No matter what street you walk down in China there are street vendors every few feet selling some kind of food, and every third or fourth shop will be some sort of eating establishment. Grocery stores are interesting also because all of them will have numerous fish tanks, lobster tanks, eel tanks, snake tanks, and bullfrog tanks. Beside each tank is a small net. You reach in and grab what you want. Everything is alive when you net it. Pretty crazy.

Great restaurants here though and we're loving it!!
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