Searching for Chili in China

I’ve had another photo featured on the Food Network in an article about the 17 Tasty Breakfasts From Around the World.  My pic is number 9 in the series.

I snapped the photo during my late September trip to China, mostly in Hunan province. Soup is very popular for breakfast throughout Asia, and this soup featured several choices of hand-made noodles, a super chicken-y broth, plus bitter greens to add to the bowl.  A little like Vietnamese pho, which you’re probably familiar with. Delicious! Have a look HERE and see if it, or any of the other 16 dishes, appeal to your breakfast belly.

The soup was one of the few foods I encountered while in Hunan which was not characterized by chill peppers.  To give you a few food hints before my articles are published, here is a pic of the dish that was probably my very favourite of the trip:


That’s duck, cooked in duck blood, with many many chill peppers.  I feasted!

Three more highlights:

In the pretty little town of Hongjiang, a woman kindly offered me a bite of the snack she was eating on the street.  A quick look in the bowl revealed that a) it was not some unknown organ meat (phew) and b) there were plenty of chili peppers, so I was game. And was I ever glad I tried it!  Daikon radish in a chili sauce — energizing and refreshing all at the same time.


In the canal city of Phoenix, I was enticed by the fresh water crabs on a stick at the street stalls.  And thanks to having our host extraordinaire, Brick, order for me in Mandarin, I was able to ensure that mine was — yes — covered in chili peppers.


And my last night in China was in Changsha, the capital of Hunan.  Though I’m not normally a fan of tofu, this stinky tofu was fab (even without chili peppers)!


More to come on the food and other finds from my trip in China. Many thanks to the China National Tourism Administration for hosting the press trip!

4 responses to “Searching for Chili in China

  1. WOW that would be a lot to take in. I am not a stomach or intestines kinda girl either so I feel your pain! I haven’t made it to China or anywhere else in Asia yet, but from all of the travel shows that I’ve watched I’ve seen that the cuisine is definitely the same as American Chinese takeout lol.
    When it comes to food I am not the most adventurous. I think that the most unusual thing that I’ve ever eaten was haggis right before a trip to Scotland. I only had a bit and although it was pretty good, I couldn’t really get over the idea of eating a sheep’s innards.
    When I do some more traveling I definitely want to try and step out of my comfort zone. Before going to college I’d never tried sushi, indian food, thai food, and so many others things that I love now.
    I’m glad you had the guts to give those foods a try while you were traveling!!!


  2. Congrats on having one of your photos featured on the Food Network! I’m so jealous of all the amazing foods that you’ve tried 😄


    • Many thanks Lauren!
      I’ve been really fortunate in the great places I’ve been able to travel, and the foods I’ve been able to try.
      I do confess, though, to not being the greatest fan of some of the practices in China like a) serving organ meats (I ate stomach of something, I decided not to learn more!), and
      b) not serving “just meat” as we do in Canada (I prefer not to have to pick bones, gristle etc out of my mouth!)
      But I’m glad to have had the experiences, even the ones I’d prefer not to repeat!

      What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?


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