Lunch in Beijing’s Muslim quarter

After visiting the mosque from my last post, it was time for lunch. We went into one of the casual restaurants lining Niujie (literally Oxen Street or Cow Street, likely a reference to the halal diet of Muslims). I ordered liangpi (“cold skin”). Liangpi are noodle-shaped but aren’t starchy or doughy like noodles, but gelatinous. They are served cold…

Beijing’s largest mosque

China is officially an atheist society; many references to Buddhism exist as cultural but not religious aspects of life. Visitors might be surprised to learn of the Muslim presence here. Chinese Muslims are predominately Uighur (central Asian/middle eastern culture) or Hui (assimilated into the dominant East Asian Chinese culture). Beijing’s Niujie area is full of…

Peking duck + more at Shang Palace

I just returned from a trip to China, where I ate a lot of good and bad food. The Shang Palace restaurant at the Beijing Shangri-La Hotel was good. Previously I’ve written posts on the banquet-style of eating for more formal occasions in China here and here. This one has the best photos 🙂 We…

NYU Shanghai dining hall food

I spent four months in China doing a study abroad program at NYU Shanghai, the Shanghai campus of my university. While NYU has a dozen locations, the only full-service, degree-granting locations are NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi, and the flagship New York campus. This post is a compilation of a some of the food available…

A typical breakfast of Chinese street food

The last time I wrote about jianbing was after I ate jianbing at a family friend’s home in Vancouver. As jianbing is actually a street food, of course I had to eat some on the street in China as well. These photos were taken in Yancheng, a city in Jiangsu province. As I wrote in my other post, Jianbing guozi is…

Sukiya

The first times I had “authentic” ramen, prepared in the traditional Japanese way as opposed to the poor-college-student-plastic-pack way, I thought something was wrong with my order. In search of better ramen experiences, I kept eating ramen at different Japanese restaurants and kept ending up not thrilled with the experience, until I looked up ramen’s…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street scenes

My last post about Zhujiajiao Water Town showcased traditional Chinese heritage through food, but the sprawling water town actually incorporates modernity and tradition in its storefronts, architecture, and general scene. The straightness of the roofs in these pictures demonstrates the mixing of Chinese and western culture apparent even in this relatively exotic setting. Chinese roofs…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: street food

Zhujiajiao Water Town is a paradise for street food fanatics, with an unending variety of traditional Chinese snacks spilling out of the densely-packed storefronts. We first came across these beans made with preserved orange peels. This is something I hadn’t seen before. I was very familiar with the shanzha sweets. Shanzha, Chinese hawthorn/hawberry, is a slightly sour fruit…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: another puppy and wontons

After meeting Xiao Hui (Little Gray), we walked around Zhujiajiao Water Town taking in the scenic views of the water and traditional architecture. While slowly walking down one street, I suddenly stopped. I had seen something beautiful. Meet Xiao Bai (Little White)! Of course we had to go in and eat lunch at the restaurant…

Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town: a puppy and rose tea

My friends and I took a long-ish (over an hour each way by car) day trip out of Shanghai’s metropolitan areas to Zhujiajiao Water Town (50 km from the Bund). Chinese water towns are wonderful places to visit because they seek to preserve the feel of life in an old, traditional Chinese village without tall…

Caramel cinnamon toast? Oh Maan oh Maan

Maan Coffee is a super gorgeous chain of Korean-owned coffee houses that have captured the hearts of Chinese consumers with its distinctive interior design – featuring live trees growing to the ceiling and eclectic chandeliers and seating – and trendy food characteristic of East Asian cafe culture. While we came for a sugar fix, we…

Yunnan pt. 8: Kunming eats

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang Yunnan pt. 5: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Yunnan pt. 6: Shuhe Ancient Town Yunnan pt. 7: Yunnan Nationalities Village We traveled to Kunming to from Lijiang via overnight train. These…