Korean food in China

Another excellent interactive form of food we have now tried in China is the Korean barbeque. Similar to the hot pot we first had in Beijing (and have had repeatedly since!) in that you order a number of plates of raw food and then cook them in the middle of the table, but different in that you cook them on a sort of mini barbecue inset into the table rather than in boiling soup. We tried duck, beef and pork, the latter of which was especially tasty – before coming to China I didn’t think much of pork as I associate it with rather bland pork chops in England, but China has made me completely change my mind about this – pork can be delicious! Once the meat is cooked you eat it by wrapping it in a lettuce leaf parcel along with a number of sauces and additions, including onion, sweet potato, quail egg and many things I don’t know the name of.  (more…)

A weekend in Qingdao 

After two weeks in Beijing, with language classes in the morning and sight-seeing in the afternoon, we were ready to move on. Beijing was a great place for settling into China, a thriving, bustling city with some beautiful places (highlights including the lake and bridges of the Summer Palace, the Lama temple, renting a boat in Beihai park, and the 798 art district) and much delicious food (including the legendary Beijing roast duck which we sampled on out last night) – but we were excited to take our first sleeper train on Friday night to Qingdao to stay for a weekend with my friend Max who lives there, teaching English.  (more…)