The first night we went to a Sichuanese restaurant, read: HOT 辣là。 Like, make your lips fall off hot. Here are some pictures of some of the less fiery ones:
The Sichuanese restaurant also included a performer who changed masks at lightning speed:
And here’s my roomie and I outside the Sichuan restaurant:
We also ate at a vegetarian restaurant that did a fantastic job of making everything taste like meat:
And finally, in the Old City we had the following:
I feel like I’ve been eating a huge amount of food, but when I actually think about it, it has been more that we have been eating for longer periods of time than I’m used to, but not really huge portions of scum food. Over a two and a half hour dinner, I usually end up drinking some 18 cups of tea and eating a handful each of green beans, asparagus and cucumbers, a few pieces of various kinds of meat in various kinds of sauces, a dumpling (Shanghai is known for their 小笼包 xiǎo lóng bāo, which are soup dumplings that you nibble a corner off of, suck out the soup and then eat, super super delicious), three little slices of watermelon, some sort of doughy or glutinous bread roll type thing that usually has a hint of sweet or a hint of meat in it, two pieces of scrambled eggs and usually an attempt at one choose your own adventure type dish (I confess that I haven’t been super adventurous past the yak meat…but it’s hard when you truly hate seafood).
They actually had French fries at breakfast this morning and I had to cave and get some and ended up getting more because they were some sincerely sensational fries. They weren’t soggy, they were lightly salted and honestly besides loving fries in the first place, it was nice to have something that didn’t have sauce on it for once. We stopped at a truck stop on our way to ZJG, and while it was some seriously classy food compared to truck stops back home, it waaas a bit cold and all kind of in a lot of water…
One of the English teachers here that we live with taught here last year and showed us this little Uighur restaurant literally a 3 second walk off of campus that has a huge variety of really good food for about a dollar each dish. I would imagine we’ll be eating there very very frequently.
To end on, here is a link to one of my roommate’s blogs, she has a video of what our rooms look like as well so definitely check it out!