How to eat: BeijingBeijing, Summer 2012
To be honest I never liked Chinese food…until I came to China. While it took me the better part of two weeks, I eventually found a few restaurants and dishes that curb my hunger. Overtime I have discovered many more fantastic things to eat in China, some traditional Chinese dishes, others of the Western variety, all of them satisfy me as much or more than my favorite foods back home.
For those thinking of coming to China there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the food preparation techniques and standards are different from the US. While I have managed to avoid laduzi (travelers diarrhea), I have met a number of people that are put off by food carts and certain restaurants because of their apparent lack of sterility. Secondly, much of the food is cooked with a ton of oil. I will let you be the judge of whether that is problem or not. Lastly, try as many different types of dishes as possible. Keep in mind that not only is China’s chinese food different then what you’re likely to find in America, there are drastic differences in Chinese cuisine depending on region.
These are a few things, in no particular order, that I have been eating regularly:
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