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From kabobs to baozi: An inside look at Chinese cuisine

Chinese cuisine includes a vast selection of foods with all sorts of tastes and smells. Throughout my experience in Shanghai with LPI, I have had some of the most flavorful food I have ever eaten in my life. The most amazing part about food in China is that it is dirt cheap. On the street, my friends and I encountered some of the best food we have ever tasted. For an insanely low price of 10 Yuan, which translates to approximately 1.6 US dollars, I was able to buy both a serving of amazing lamb kabobs and appetizing rice noodles that had been handmade by an old Chinese lady. In the United States, such a meal would cost about 10 or more dollars.

My LPI peers and I have also been able to find amazing food at the East China Normal University cafeteria. There we ate mouthwatering Chinese dumplings, better known as “baozi,” that tasted as if a five star chef had made them. One night, after much trouble finding it, we discovered an amazing hot pot restaurant known as “Little Lamb”, or “Xiao Yang” in Chinese. The hot pot meal incorporated both a spicy pot and a mild pot in which meat, vegetables, and noodles would cook while soaking in indescribable flavors.

Baozi are steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables. Yum!

I would recommend Chinese food to any foreign traveler, as Chinese food is so distinct from all other foods, not to mention extraordinarily economical. In China you may encounter weird looking dishes, nevertheless try them because nine times out of ten, you will be eating one of the most delicious plates you will ever have in your life.

Morgan Stanley-Shanghai 2013

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