Communication Breakdown, China

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Our third day into China, walking the streets of a small town we needed some dinner. Sounds easy right? Not so quick smarty pants.

This aint Shanghai or Beijing, this is Tai’an.

So we find a place with pictures, good start. But pictures can be small and misleading. The broccoli came out as broccoli.

The fried rice, a recommendation of the waiter, turned out to be nothing of the sort.

The fried rice actually turned out to be a dried shrimp and sunflower seed dish as you can see. Well I suppose the waiter never actually said anything about fried rice, he just pointed at the picture. Oh well, time to eat some shrimp!

The dish came with some brown paper type wrappers made of an unknown in ingredient, which was probably just whole grain wheat.

The paper wrappers were used like soft tacos to wrap the shrip mix for eating.

So how was it? Salty, oh so salty. The taste wasn’t too bad but did I mention the amount of salt in this dish, there was a lot.

And the lamb kebabs we ordered never turned up. Eating in China may be a little trickier than first anticipated, better get the phrase book out and mark a few pages I think.



Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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