That being said, let's talk about Chinese food. I think I have a love affair with it. It's true. I'm pretty sure I am the only American who can go to China and gain weight. So that's why I titled this post with an old stereotype.... eat all the Chinese food you want and you're hungry again in a half hour.
My personal experience with authentic Chinese food in places like Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou is far different from what you find in the US and what you might expect in China. First of all, drop all expectations. 1 - From what I could discover, they don't eat dog in China, at least not in any local restaurants that cater to the local residents and foreigners. And I asked. Maybe they used to, maybe all the dogs have been eaten, I don't know. But for the time I was there, I was told, "we don't eat dog." 2 - If you eat good Chinese food, you won't go away hungry and you won't be hungry in 30 minutes. Good Chinese cuisine is delicate, intricate, layered and unbelievable in the myriad of flavors they expose. 3 - There is some Chinese food you should never eat.
Not to worry though. There is SO MUCH good food in China. No, there is really some yummy delicious authentic Chinese food. Once you taste it, you may never eat Chinese food in America again.
So I started today's comments talking about the glorious splendors of the intricate flavors of Chinese cuisine and spent the entire time telling you about less than delicious foods. And I'm sorry for that. But, I have yet to find my photos of the good stuff (two moves across a state and then across the country) so I have to apologize (even tho I said at the beginning of this I would not apologize...) So... stay tuned for Chinese food part two. Once I find my photos, I will be back. ciao!