Here are the 7 foods that have surprised me most so far:
I took this picture during my first trip to Pizzahut in China. Pizzahut is really popular in China, along with KFC. The menu was surprising to me – almost completely different from the American menu, and specializing in black crust pizza that I have never seen back in the States. Needless to say, the pizza was delicious, and the matcha green tea cheesecake was to die for!
This picture is from my local supermarket down the street. I had to double take when I saw this gigantic cucumber(?) – my friend and fellow Crusader, Jason, is in the background for a size comparison. I have never seen one this size!
Another food item I was surprised to find here in Beijing? Fantastic Mexican food! If you know me, you know I LOVE anything with avocado, but especially guacamole. This guac at Taco Bar has been my favorite so far, and surprisingly authentic tasting. After chips and guac, my friends and I love to grab tacos here on a night out and treat ourselves.
My absolute favorite snack: Lay’s Wasabi flavored potato chips. Incredible! China’s potato chip selection is completely different from the US – it can often be impossible to find favorites from home like sour cream and onion, sea salt and vinegar, or BBQ. More common flavors here include cucumber, Italian red meat, tomato, etc. However, while you can sometimes find American Classic, my new favorite is Wasabi, which has the perfect amount of spice and mouthwatering flavor. Will definitely be sneaking a bag home with me!
This is a picture of the mooncake I ate in celebration of the Mid Autumn festival in October. I love the designs on top of the mooncake, and I especially love the story behind why we eat mooncakes (check out https://vimeo.com/236684413 to learn more, it’s a great story!) Nowadays you can get mooncakes with almost any flavor, from red bean or green tea, to chocolate or ice cream. It was really exciting being able to try a mooncake for the first time and participate in this Chinese cultural festival!
Still mustering up the courage to try one of these Chinese beef floss pastries. The outside seems to be covered in something with a texture that looks like fur…update to come!
This particular green tea matcha ice cream comes from a traditional neighborhood in Beijing called HouHai. If you like green tea, you will love the strong, almost bittersweet flavor of this ice cream. It was the perfect way to end the day after walking through the busy streets of the hutong and enjoying the sunset on the lake.
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