Japan, day 1

After leaving Shanghai, I flew to Tokyo, Japan for 10 days of learning, sightseeing, and, of course, eating. This was the first photo I snapped in Japan, travelling from Narita Airport to Shinjuku, where I would be staying. Narita is about two hours from Tokyo and a shuttle bus is about $30 per person. When…

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…

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…

Yunnan pt. 3: The Old Town of Lijiang

Yunnan pt. 1: The diversity of Chinese culture Yunnan pt. 2: Horseriding After lunch, we went to the Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From UNESCO’s website: “The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic…

What I ate in Vancouver pt. 2

This could alternately be titled What Jenna insisted we eat after she was traumatized when we ended up going to a vegan restaurant that served remarkably good-looking imitations when she wanted meat. Vancouver is a very walkable city, so we headed to Robson St., a street that has tons of commercial activity. Of the hundreds…

Jianbing guozi at home

Jianbing guozi is one of China’s best street foods. Only sold for breakfast, it is a crisp, savory crepe (jianbing, referring to the dough product) filled and folded into a tall, chewy packet to be bitten into like a burrito (guozi, meaning wrapped). In Beijing, one runs for around 30 cents. Each made-to-order jianbing guozi,…