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Food 365 | Day 296 – 310: The China Trip

November 11, 2013

There is so much I have to share from the past 2 weeks so I will be brief so we can get caught up quickly.

Day 296: Last Cup of Grumpy for a While.  I departed New York with a cup of latte and a kale, pecorino and pine nut scone for the plane.

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Day 297: Home cooking in its most simplistic form.  It’s the best thing after flying and traveling for a full 20 hours.

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Day 298: Radish Flowers.  Slices of pickled radishes are arranged into a floral pattern – only one of many cold appetizers that are almost too pretty to eat.

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Day 299: Carb on Carb Breakfast.  The first meal of the day is no joke here.  A soft semi sweet roll wrapped around a stick of crunchy fried dough is a great way to start the day.

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Day 300:

Fish Head Soup.  The fish head soup at Tianmu Lake is famous so of course we had to have it for lunch.

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Day 301: Osmanthus Flower.  The warm Fall weather brought a much later than usual osmanthus blossoms.  These fragrant flower makes for a lovely jam that I love adding to all sorts of desserts.

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Day 302: Steamed Rice Cakes.  The streets of Hangzhou are studded with vendors hawking trays of fluffy steamed rice cakes.  First thing in the morning, these cakes are light but filling.

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Day 303: Pan Seared Soup Dumplings.  It’s never too early in the morning for soup dumplings.  Not even these pan seared dumplings.

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Day 304: Sweet Rice Lotus Root.  This plate of sliced lotus root studded with chewy sweet glutinous rice was potentially the best I have ever had.

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Day 305:  Friday Lunch at Grandma’s.  So many dishes, including some of my favorites like a delicious bowl of fatty pork belly with a dark rich soy glaze.

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Day 306: Homemade Pork Wontons.  Nothing more satisfying and homey than a big bowl of homemade pork wontons.  Not even a table full of delicious food can take the flavor away from the wontons.

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Day 307: Fried Sesame Filled Glutinous Rice Balls.  The Chinese version of a doughnut is filled with a sweet sesame paste – not exactly the healthiest breakfast but so delicious.

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Day 308: Golden Kumquats.  I remembered kumquats from my childhood as being more oblong and a deep shade of orange.  Mini oranges, as I preferred to call them, were made for kids I thought.  The kumquats I found on this trip looked so different that I almost didn’t recognize them – I guess they grew up just a little too.

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Day 309: Steamed Rice Cakes from Mu Gui Ying.  Right around the corner from my grandmother’s house in Wuxi is a breakfast spot known for their rice cakes of all shapes and forms.  I love the colorful sweets churned out here and always make sure to stop by Mu Gui Ying at least once every trip for breakfast.

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Day 310: Last Meal in China.  I went out with a bang for my last meal in China.  Who cares if it was only barely 8AM?  A round of crab and pork soup dumplings and a gigantic bowl of freshly made wonton soup before heading to the airport.  I had to make the last bite count, right?

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