Terracotta Lunch

No trip to China is complete without careful attention to the food.  Join us as we explore the tastes of Xi’an and highlight our culinary favorites.
Local Flavor
Getting to know our travel agent, Richard, has been one of the best parts of this experience.   Not only is he unmatched in his kindest and generosity, he happens to know the best local restaurants in Xi’an.  One night he invited me to join some other American teachers for dinner.
We ended up at a restaurant that was tucked behind a parking lot, the type I would never have found had it not been for Richard.  The owner took greeted us and showed up in our private room to go through the menu with Richard personally and make suggestions.  Soon after I was presented with a steaming bowl of Shaanxi noodles.  One of my  meals in Xi’an!
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Sugar Silk
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I named it Sugar Silk and with its golden outline. This simple treat we found in Cheng Du and Xian, it not only was a product, but a game. For 5 Yuan you would be able to play luck and spin to win, hoping it to land on the biggest and baldest, the Chinese dragon. It’s funny because the Silk Road might of decided to leave this treat behind.
Written by: Pabs
Chocolate Fix
School days in China are long.  Lunches here are big, but it is still tough to get through a day without a snack. It didn’t take us long to start stashing food in the classroom for this very reason.  It didn’t take me long after that to stop offering to provide such snacks.  (I’m a business teacher.  It was easy to do the math on this one.  The speed with which this group can go through food is astonishing and I wouldn’t want the same to be true about our budget.)
One of the staples has become a processed bit of chocolate cake, marketed as the Orion-Pie.  We call them chocopies and they are a staple to the student group in CHEX 2013.   Look for the red box at Lotus, CHEX 2014.
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Written by:  Ms. Stevens
Fresh Catch
One of the things I wanted to experience the most was the rural part of the country and how the locals got their food. Far away from restaurants, we found our lunch for the  day at a very nice lady’s house. She caught the fish, gutted it and finally cooked it in her wood fire stove. Here is the end result, something that you truly can’t find anywhere else but in the lost town up in the mountains. Deliciousness served fresh from the creek beside her house!  
Written by:  Pabs

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