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Food In China by Snowey on 1 October 2005 3:21pm
I'm going on holiday to China in November and although it is a package deal it is at the budget end of the market so no meals are included. I always think that trying the local food is half the pleasure of traveling and normally try (almost) everything on offer even at the risk of a touch of Delhi Belly/Montezumas Revenge etc. which I have endured in the past. I was speaking to a frequent visitor to China recently who told me to avoid meat altogether or suffer the consequences. Normally I would ignore such misgivings and eat whatever I wanted but being that the nature of my holiday package involves a lot of daily travelling (i.e not within rapid exit to the bathroom distance) I'm a little unsure of what I should or should not risk eating. Has anyone any advice or experiences on what to eat or avoid while in China.
Your help will be appreciated.
(My apologies for any duplicates or incorrect postings of this message, I'm new to all this).
Re: Food In China by edmo1960 on 1 October 2005 6:06pm
Hello, Glance through Mr. Palins book Around The World In 80 Days. I beleive he arrives in China on day 46.
Give your dog a big hug before you go.
Have a safe trip.
Re: Food In China by Godfather on 1 October 2005 9:15pm
You'll be alright, Snowey. The food is extremely varied depending on where you go in China, and the level of how you want to eat is varied too. There are many options.

Even in the most basic noodle street stalls that your everyday Chinese go to, i've never got ill in even remote parts of north west china, where there are "communal" chopsticks.

I usually eat Veggie anyway, but have tried chicken dishes there before (if you decide to eat Veg there then there are plenty of options, and Tofu (pronounced doe-woo in Mandarin) is very common as it's the poor man's meat in China. So there are plenty of alternatives if you decide not to eat meat.

One thing to look out for (although there is not much you can do about it) is that many lower cost Chinese dishes in the places that your everyday Chinese eat in, are swimming in oil and MSG. You will have to let them know if you want less oil, less chillis, or less MSG. Other than that, you'll be alright. You're more likely to get ill at one of the upmarket restaraunts (as is usual) to be honest. Some chinese food is great, some of it is naff. Depends where you are in China.
Re: Food In China by agroundhog on 3 October 2005 8:59pm
Hi, I travelled around China last year and never got the slightest bit ill from the food. I ate in local restarants, so didn't try the street vendor food too much, and ate meat with no problems. And some of the kitchens in those restaurants were pretty dodgy-looking! But the food was fantastic. I did avoid the water, and juices that might have been mixed from concentrate, and uncooked fruits/veg - those usual precautions. Have a great trip!

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