Erin Eats China Edition

I am not going to lie. I packed my suitcase with 27 bars. An entire box of Vega Bars, 5 or 6 18 Rabbits bars, some Lara Bars and a few stragglers all filled a good chunk of my carry-on. I was scared I wouldn't like the food in China. I was concerned for my sensitive tummy. I was terrified of being fed "scary" food. I had heard horror stories.

Little did I know that I had nothing to be scared of. Everything was okay. My tummy was perfect the whole time. (Leading me to wonder what exactly is hiding in American food.) Next time (as in two weeks from now) I'll have a little faith. And the fact that I was a vegetarian posed no problem for me, but I felt bad because in China, when a group goes out to dinner, I guess it's customary for the food eaten to be enjoyed by all. So the entire table ate vegetarian food (with a little local seafood I consented to) the entire time. At one dinner I went to, one of our business partners kept ordering little bowls of rice because he was still hungry from not eating any meat! I'm not used to people being so considerate.

I was super appreciative of their consideration, especially at one restaurant where the menu included Seahorses, Turtles, Pigeons, Worms, Snakes, Eels, Alligators, Whole Roast Pigs, Sea Cucumber, Rabbit, Shark's Fin Steak, Beetles, various Hearts, Lungs, Brains and Entrails on skewers, and whole Ducks and Chickens. You might not think duck or chicken is scary, but everything on the menu was served with the head and feet, essentially whole, as a sign of the freshness of the item, and yes, the menu had pictures. Glossy, big and bright pictures. I'm not sure I'll ever get cooked Seahorse and Turtle out of my mind.

So yes, in case you're wondering, I'm still a vegetarian. And you would have been too, had you been with me!

Here's what I ate in China over the last week. (Note some of the food pictured was not eaten by me but ordered by my table, I bet you'll be able to guess what's what.)

First, I had to have one last meal. You know what I'm talking about:

The first and second airplane meal and requisite snack of drugs and tea:

The first meal I had in China; Tofu with Veggies:

Hong Kong-style Boba tea:

The coolest tea pot I'd ever seen with rice tea, which sold for over $650 RMB per bag, that's over $100 USD:

Dinner at the #2 Vegetarian restaurant in Shanghai (the #1 Vegetarian Restaurant was closed for remodel):

A quick snack of Vega bar!

Back to the same lunch restaurant where we ate the first day:

China Starbucks case:

And a Starbucks fruit cup for breakfast:

Sushi in Shanghai...#1 Sushi restaurant in the city!

A trip to a restaurant that served nothing but mango dessert! I got the pudding with extra mango:

Dinner at the hotel restaurant; Fried Tofu with Dipping Sauce:

Corn soup:

Celery Salad:

Coffee at the airport:

Airplane meal on a local China airlines (and that's Coconut Juice, in case you're wondering, not milk. Coconut juice tasted like 1/2 coconut milk and 1/2 coconut water to me. Super tasty. Then I had Mulberry Juice!):

Last meal in China, Mushroom Risotto:

First meal when I got home? Take a wild guess...


  1. Amazing!! That's so interesting about the group meals. And hilarious that starbucks has dragonfruit!

  2. So glad your tummy was fine! Glad you're back safe and sound.

  3. As someone who also has tummy troubles, I can just imagine how paranoid you were...especially in a foreign country! I'm glad you didn't have any problems!

  4. Sushi looks devine! All the China eats look good to me. Hope you had a good time and we're glad your back safe!

  5. I love that you're so open to new food! I really can't wait for you to blog about Japan. I'm a little giddy about it. :)

  6. Well the pictures are really pretty but I think your right, I would definitely have been a vegetarian in China as well.

  7. It always strikes me how beautifully the Asians plate their food. My hub went to Japan a few years ago and ate some questionable items (turtle jello, anyone?)was consumed, but all the food looked gorgeous.

    Can't wait to see more from your next trip!

  8. Holy mother, those foods sound NASTY! I am SOOO glad you didn't partake in any of them. The pictures, on the other hand, are all gorgeous! Great presentation they have. I'm happy that your belly was happy. :)

  9. OMG!! this blog was great. The food looks amazing. I'm happy you were able to find all sorts of vegetarian options, and I'm amazed they serve coconut mil and mulberry juice on the airplane. That's amazing!

  10. Wow, that's some great looking food! Glad it is working out for ya!


  11. Ok, these pics make me hungry now. Seriously. Glad you had so much fun. :) Love the last and first meal pic. Classic!!! :D



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