We learned from our mistake a few weeks ago, and to date we’ve successfully avoided intestine ever since. That doesn’t mean that we’re not having delicious and creative food here in China. As one of our readers pointed out in last week’s foodie friday, there must be Chinese food that we don’t get in the USA. That my friends is the vegetarian food, and truly we’re missing out.
We’ve had more Tofu in the last month than ever before in our entire lives, and something about the way they prepare it here makes it absolutely delicious. Although I’m not really a fan of tofu, mostly because of the texture, if you hadn’t told me it was tofu I probably never would have known. I’ll likely never get Danny to give up his infatuation with meat on a stick, but trust me, tofu on a stick isn’t so bad either! Plus there’s the added appeal of not having to inspect the dish before each bite or wonder what animal part you’re eating. And trust me, that’s a huge appeal after a few weeks.
Probably the best meal we’ve had in all of China was in Chengdu, at a vegetarian restaurant as the guests of our hostel owner. He ordered an array of vegetable and tofu dishes and everything that came to the table was incredible. From stir fried vegetables to soups to meat tasting tofu dishes, the diversity of the menu was astounding. My sister is a vegetarian and I’m used to seeing her eat uninspired pasta dishes and salads at restaurants so the menu and preparation was really astounding. Hopefully this kind of Chinese food makes it back to the US quickly because I’m starting to get used to the taste of tofu!