Friday, October 25, 2013

Chinese Food (Photo Dump)

And here's this month's edition of "what Perfect Number has been eating in China":

番茄炒蛋 (fānqié chǎo dàn) Fried tomatos and eggs.

Whoa cool, ice cream! That looks really good! Ummm, no actually, this is mashed potatoes. That was not a typo: this is mashed potatoes. Cold mashed potatoes with some kind of sweet blueberry sauce and a cherry on top. WHYYYYYYYY WOULD YOU DO THAT????? My 2 Chinese friends who were with me also thought it was incredibly bizarre.

Kiwi and yogurt for breakfast.
Fancy coffee.

奶茶(nǎi chá) In English, I guess this is called "milk tea" or "bubble tea," but uh, I haven't had it in America so I don't know.

Some fast food from a cafeteria-style place. Tofu, horrible-tasting veggies with eggs (I thought they were green peppers. They are not), and rice. Always gotta have rice.

鸡蛋 (jīdàn) Eggs. In a bag? Idk, man. You can also buy them in plastic cartons, which seem much more normal to me as an American.

青椒炒蛋 (qīngjiāo chǎo dàn) Green peppers and eggs. AWESOME!

My attempt at making 番茄炒蛋 (fānqié chǎo dàn) fried tomatos and eggs. They came out okay.

鱼香肉丝 (yú xiāng ròu sī) Shredded pork and veggies.

芒果冰沙 (mángguǒ bīng shā) Mango smoothie.
炒饭 (chǎofàn) Fried rice.

Okay so there's this place that makes really awesome crepes. (可丽饼 kě lì bǐng in Chinese, but it's from France so most Chinese people don't know what a 可丽饼 kě lì bǐng is.)

Doesn't that look freakin' delicious? Banana, vanilla ice cream, custard, whipped cream, caramel.

Here is the finished crepe.


Pineapple fried rice.

宫保鸡丁 (gōng bǎo jī dīng) Kung pao chicken.

土豆丝 (tǔdòu sī) Shredded potatoes. And some mysterious type of meatball.

I bought this mysterious vegetable. I have no idea how to cook it.

Fancy coffee.

Pig ears. Kind of chewy... I only ate one.


  1. The green leafy thing- I think it's some type of cabbage, maybe? Anyway, I've had it-- it's amazing as part of a stir fry. You cook the stalks first, then toss the leaves in and wilt them. I use a honey-mustard-ginger sauce and throw in chicken and pork with rice.

  2. I totally need to learn how to cook stuff like that. :)

  3. That mysterious green leafy vegetable is bok choi! I love it! Try sauteeing it with olive oil (or I guess whatever oil you have) and garlic. Once it starts getting a little bit translucent you can add the (somewhat bitter) leaves in and stir it around until the leaves are wilted. Good sliced up in stir fry, and as healthy for you as spinach!

  4. Bubble tea is what it's called in English. It's very popular with Asian immigrants here in Pittsburgh--I can think of at least a dozen restaurants that serve it, including one with a giant banner that says, "Let's chew some gummy bubbles!" which is an utterly unappealing slogan to me, but I guess some people like the stuff. The bubbles also are available in the Asian-run serve-your-own-frozen-yogurt places that have cropped up all over the city in the past 3 years; they are labeled "tapioca pearls" in the buffet of toppings. My 8-year-old likes them on yogurt but is afraid he'd choke on them in a drink.