Eating Well: Xi’an & Chengdu 8.24.16

I am a long way from planing meals each week, going to the grocery store, cooking and dividing food into red tupperware, and finally carting it all to work for consumption! I miss my healthy servings of fruit and vegetables but the chance to try new foods daily is an excellent replacement. A few observations:

  • Food is becoming the lowest cost item in my travel budget.
  • It is not common for restaurants, especially the lower cost, drop-in places where I eat, to sell beverages. It is accepted that I bring my own bottled water.

The third city I visited, Chengdu, is in the southwestern Sichuan Province of China. The city is known for spicy food and hotpot (think fondue). Numbing peppercorns are a common ingredient in sauces from this region. Chili oil is also heavily used. I used tips from a Serious Eats article to pick my final restaurant and order food.

Leo, an enterprising 27-year-old, owns the hostel I stayed at in Xi’an. He is a friend of a friend from MN and warmly welcomed me to his city. We ate at a fast casual restaurant near his hostel. The menu: Chinese hamburger and noodles with sauce (under $5USD).
Carbohydrates are a new staple of my travel diet. A snack at a street stand in Chengdu and more baozi in Xi’an. The snack on the left was less than $0.50. Three trays of dumplings were under $4.
A quick, fast lunch in Chengdu. In Xi’An I stayed next to a grocery store – awesome! I picked up fruit, nuts, and yogurt to start diversifying my mostly carbohydrate diet. Also in Xi’an I splurged on a western lunch at a bakery. Sandwich, mango pastry, and a sausage wrapped in bread. This meal was closer to $9.
Oreos in lemon and berry mix flavors are now on my “to try” list.
In Xinjin, a city an hour from Chengdu, I met April and she treated me to a Hot Pot meal. We had two types of broth and cooked beef, chicken, cucumbers, cauliflower, tofu and other foods in the broths.
My last meal in Chengdu was silky tofu in a chili oil called Mapo Dofu. I also ate dumplings and a rose water dessert. When I pointed at a large container with fruit floating, I thought I’d successfully ordered a water. Incorrect! Alcohol came in the small glass and I laughed to myself.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Woessner says:

    All looks very tasty!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kay Nelson says:

    Sarah — It is so fun to hear from you. It sounds like all is going well and you are well fed with yummy new treats! Wishing you continued safe travels and adventures!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theyearofsarahjoy says:

      Kay! Thanks for reading. You’re so right – lots of yummy and new treats. Thanks for the well wishes. Sending you greetings for a Labor Day Weekend without a first day of school to follow. Exciting!

      Like

  3. grandma lange says:

    sarah, i am now eating with you and love every bite!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theyearofsarahjoy says:

      Thanks GL!

      Like

  4. Raven says:

    So glad you’re not subject to your routine tupperware meals! Sarah living!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s