Vintage Beijing soda on a mountain

My family members took me to Fragrant Hills area of Beijing, where we visited a temple complex. The Fragrant Hills are a popular destination for Beijing residents, because they’re a way to get away from the city and into nature without having to drive for more than an hour. We took a cable car/gondola ride…

Jin Ding Xuan, again

The first time I went to Jin Ding Xuan was after a day of exploring the hutongs near the Lama Temple. I didn’t know the hutongs were also home to the Beijing Temple of Confucius. I went back a few days later, stopping at Jin Ding Xuan first for lunch. We started with a cold…

Stewed frogs

For more coverage of Yunnan food, check out my posts from my trip there last year. I went to a restaurant called “Sea of Clouds” food (Yun Hai Yao) which served Yunnan cuisine. The modern interior tastefully incorporated Yunnan styling. We started with sweet glutinous rice with raisins and goji berries, topped with a candied…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Yunnan pt. 4: Impression Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang We began our second day in Yunnan with a great breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Lijiang. The breakfast buffet had a lot of well-prepared local specialties, including cornbread baked in corn husks (the two oblong…

Nice Meeting You

Nice Meeting You is national Chinese chain that serves western and Chinese food, but not fusion. It’s a good choice for groups where everyone has different tastes. These are some dishes from the multiple times I ate there. I didn’t expect to eat the best rice I’ve ever had at Nice Meeting You. In China,…

A Chinese banquet

In China, while I did eat a lot of western food, I also tried many Chinese dishes that were new to me. For someone looking to experience authentic Chinese food, the Chinese banquet is an efficient and safe way to go about it – efficient, because of the great number and variety of dishes, and…

Beef satay pho at MeeKong Bar

“I have this four times a week,” the server said as he set my beef satay pho down. This was only the best-looking pho I’ve ever had. Actually consuming it after eagerly snapping photos was fun too. The rice noodles had thoughtfully been pre-cut into bite-sized pieces, making this a pho one could actually eat…