A food heaven for sure ~ China.
We got to taste some of very delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes while we were there, at our hotel, restaurants, street foods, and at a friend’s house.
Spicy Sichuan foods at restaurants in Beijing, Xian noodles in Xian, Kosher foods at Muslim Quarter in Xian, homemade Shandong foods, banquet style foods, and street foods ~ all were great! Even though we had diarrhea a couple times, totally worth the try.
I attempted to replicate a couple of the dishes we had at home. First, I tried to make Chinese Chive and Eggs Dumplings with wraps from scratch. It was ok, not as good as the ones I had there. Second, I made a potato dish stir fried with fresh not so spicy Chinese peppers. This one turned out pretty well.
I want to figure out how to make that lotus roots filled with sticky rice though. It was served chilled. So delish!
Our dining experience in China was quite something. Since we are vegetarian, as many choices as they have for vegetarians, we had to be cautious with the broth and oil that they used. One time we ordered cold plates with stew eggs at a restaurant in Xian. We got our order ~ with pork pieces and broth on top of it. We told the server that we don’t eat pork. She took it away and in front of our eyes though we saw that she just picked the meat pieces out and served us with the same eggs. Not even bothered to explain, we ordered another plate but making sure that she didn’t put any broth or meat on top of it.
Something like this that was quite a challenge for us. We couldn’t be sure what we get even though after we told them not to put any meat or after we told them that we are vegetarian.
Or some bugs on skewers! Alive and moving, waiting for someone to order and then get fried in hot oil. No, not for us. Some people brave enough to eat them. Our native Beijing friend told us she wouldn’t eat them either.
When we were at Muslim Quarter in Xian, all foods were kosher. We just had to find vegetarian foods and we did. We stopped at a few restaurants for lunch! I think the total dish we had for lunch that day was 9 dishes. Three bowls of different types of noodles, a bowl potato in spices, two types bean jelly dish, two types of sticky rice snack, and dessert made with rose water and some other stuff.
On our way out, we saw a hot pot place with all vegetarian and vegan stuff. They all looked so good! We just were soooo full and couldn’t fit anything anymore in our stomach. Although I am quite proud of how my stomach can expand for yummy foods, but this time, I reached my max. We didn’t have dinner that night.
Banquet lunch and dinner when we were in Shandong province! Oh my… speaking of gluttony… we totally immersed ourselves in it. Plates and plates of food coming out frequently. By the time it reached 10 plates, I stopped counting. There were just so much foods! Literally the table was full of plates with left over dishes on it when we finished eating. Oh, and the norm of who sits with who at a banquet is such a new thing for us. Such an experience! I’ll talk about it more on the next post.
Meanwhile, here is some food pics for you.