Well-known for its iconic dishes like Peking Duck or Roast Suckling Pig and equally famous for using peculiar ingredients, China is a continuous feast for any food lover. Intrepid’s Grand China trip gives you a real taste of the Middle Kingdom, as Cheryl Amos discovered…
“Chinese cuisine is fascinating. It all seems to be good, but we find ourselves eating unusual things. Most often, we have no idea what it contains. If the menu has English translations we see assorted animal parts and such. Our favourite so far is the crunchy frog (the bones are left in). In England, that’s a Monty Python sketch; in China, it’s dinner.
Some of our group were afraid that the restaurant could substitute dog when they order beef. Our leader, Jillian, says that will never happen (dog is much more expensive than beef!).
We’re becoming very proficient with chop sticks… now we have our own personal sets (because the disposable ones are an environmental problem). We have not lost any weight. The meals are always more than we can eat and the food is delicious. A typical meal includes rice (of course), greens (bok choy or chinese broccoli), egg and tomato, tofu with vegetable, pork with vegetable and noodles to finish. We are always full before the noodles arrive (too bad – they’re so good).
The first couple of meals included a chicken dish. We’ve stopped ordering it, because it includes feet and bones, but no meat. Apparently, the correct technique is to suck the pieces and spit them out on the floor. We’re not ready for that yet, but don’t invite us to dinner after we return!”
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* photo by Julia Palewov – Intrepid Photography Competition