After few years of living in China you think you've seen it all. You can't be more wrong. Read a story about snake wine...
Text about different country would be incomplete without mentioning its local food. As for Malaysian cuisine its sweets would make particularly interesting chapter. Check what you should definitely try while in the country.
Chinese cuisine has always been shrouded in mystery. Some dishes (like dog’s meat) became nearly legendary (from the point of view of an average Westerner). Most of the Chinese meals however are fairly ‘normal’ and simple. One of the best examples are peanut noodles. It is also something you can easily make at home.
Check yet another mysterious Chinese plant. It’s something you can buy from numerous street vendors in South-Eastern Asia. What is biqi and how to eat it?
Have you ever wondered what Chinese people eat for breakfast? I’ll give you a hint – not sandwiches. Every morning you can see vendors opening their steamy stands for business. That’s the place to look for an answer...
Chinese cuisine is known for innumerable unusual sources of protein. No matter how many years you’ve spend here, there will always be something that can surprise you. Recent example – swallow stew.
In many cities in China you can find a stand that (judging by its merchandise) could be run by a member of the Addams Family. Dried snakes, fried spiders and centipedes… Creatures in all possible creepy shapes and forms. What to choose? For today’s supper let’s help ourselves to fried black scorpion. Check how to eat it.
In China you can find a bunch of snacks and sweets which would be considered by average Westerner as… well let’s call that unusual. That’s the story about one of them. Check how bean ice-cream taste.
Get to know ephemeral Asian delicacy known also as ‘the queen of fruit”. It’s something you won’t find in Europe. Check if it’s worth trying.
Visiting China might be very adventurous experience. Not only because of its long history and reach tradition, but also because of its food. You can discover various fruits and vegetables you’ve never seen before. One of those discoveries is Chinese Bayberry (杨梅 Yángméi).
Chinese fast food is something entirely different than Western one. Check what you can eat in China if you’re in hurry and need to grab a quick bite. Today - story about zòngzi (粽子)…
You enjoy your holidays in El Nido. Since possibility to eat different kinds of food is one of the greatest pleasures of traveling, you’re looking around to try something new. Right now you have this huge craving for something sweet. You look at the desserts in the menu of the nearest restaurant. There is one mysterious that catches your eye. ‘Halo-Halo’ – with the name that tells you absolutely nothing about the nature of this dessert, you have no other choice as to call a waitress and ask her directly what that thing really is…
Chinese people have no prejudges against any source of proteins. Insects, snakes or dogs have their place in Chinese cuisine. Majority of Westerners put that fact among other ‘legends’ about the Far East and don’t give it much thought. Most people don’t wonder how a dog would taste. They usually don’t even want to wonder about that. You can count yourself as one of those people. The thing that distinguishes you from majority is that, you were invited by a Chinese family for a New Year's dinner …
Christmas Eve in China. You sit at teachers’ office. There comes one of your students and gives you an apple. “Merry Christmas”. You accept the gift and don’t think more about this event until next student comes to see you…
Strolling down the streets somewhere in the Southeastern China, you encounter this intriguing plant every now and then. It’s standing in front of fruit shops or is sold by street vendors at parks and crossroads. As someone raised in Europe (in temperate climate) you’re unable to recognize the nature of this reed. Finally one day, during a walk, your friend asks if you want to eat something sweet…
Who am I?
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My name is Aga.
I come from Poland.
Currently (since October 2012) I’m working in China as an English teacher embracing my new life as a foreigner in the Far East. For more - look “About me” chapter.
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