China and the US are obviously different countries. If you doubt this, I refer you to a map. That said, there are still some striking similarities between the States and China. For instance: food. Fast food, as you might expect, has infiltrated just about every corner of the world, and Chengdu, China is no exception.
The first time Tracey took us around with her friend, we went to KFC. We both got a chicken sandwich, fries, ice cream, and a pop. No word yet on where China falls in the great pop vs. soda divide, but I’ll get back to you on that. The ice cream was small, but really good. The chicken, though, was spicier than I’m used to, which I suppose I should expect, since everything in Chengdu seems to be spicy. We loved the ice cream, the drinks, and the French fries. Overall, a great way to get some familiar food when things start to get overwhelming.
Pizza Hut in Chengdu, China is nothing like Pizza Hut at home. There are no buffets, breadsticks, or dessert pizzas. That sounds like you’re taking away the best of the Hut, but in fact there was so much more than you get at Pizza Hut in America! The things we tried were the mashed potatoes, battered shrimp, chicken wings, stuffed crust pizza, regular pizza, and smoothies. Kali also got some kind of entree with ham, mushroom, and gravy, which was delicious. Variety comes with a price, though, so we’ve only eaten there a few times.
When we first got here, I was really worried about the language barrier. It’s still a challenge, but it’s actually something we haven’t really run into in a lot of the restaurants around here. Many places will have the English translation under many things written in Chinese, and several also have an English menu, which we can get by asking for it at the counter.
For breakfast, we end up eating a lot of fruit, but when we go to Longzhou Community we also eat dumplings, which are fantastic. They’re actually one of the best Chinese foods we’ve had! Lou usually buys them for us; I think they cost 5 yuan a bowl. They’re delicious, though, and worth every yuan.
That’s it for your report on American foods in China. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more!