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August 27, 2009


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Sounds you're pretty adventurous as it comes to food, half of those things I would not even give a try! (and thus maybe miss out on great tastes)

I can agree on the liver though besides that it stacks up bad chemicals and the like from the environment - which in a country known for it's fast industrialisation and pollution does not sound like the most healthy thing to eat - the presentation is far from appealing... . ;)

Joshua Armstrong

Hi Ann, I may not be here again so I have to give everything a go once, don't want to miss out. I find most things that peooke around the world eat are pretty tasty too.

The pace of industrialisation here is phenomemnal, sometimes it feels like you're in one giant building site of progress.


A few years ago I found myself on a work trip in a small town a few hours drive from Xi'an. What amazed me was how far the reach of Sichuan food is. In the only restaurant in this small town, I was presented with some amazing dishes, but all with Sichuan inflections - dry spiced beef, but with the inclusion of lovely green noodles, and hot and numbing fish in a fierce chilli broth. Sadly the trip was fleeting, so I didn't get to try and food that was actually typical of this region.

Andrew S

Thanks for posting this! There is this food stall in Flushing, NY that sells Xi'an food (see their website at www.xianfoods.com) that sells liang pi. They serve it with this great sauce. Until I read your description, I had no idea what it was made of.

Joshua Armstrong

Sharmila - Sichuan food seems to have made it everywhere here. No matter what province we've visited and no matter how small the restaurant there'll always be a few dishes on the menu. As I write this in the Yangshuo (Guanxi) countryside the hostel has ma la doufu on the menu. One can understand why though, it's so tasty. If ever you get a chance to revisit Xi'an definitely check out the local food, it was a very pleasant surprise.

Andrew - how lucky to have a Xi'an restaurant in NY. It didn't know it was one of China's exports. Maybe now you can try and recreate at home, although the noodles themselves may be tricky to get right, they're not like any I've seen in Chinese supermarkets outside of China.


I like your photos and I miss China.:)

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