May 19, 2005

Last Meal in China - A Casual Breakfast

POST #    1717

The whole time I was in China, I was craving some local fare, but it seemed like all I ate was fancy dinners at restaurants. The last morning I was there though, I was dead-set on something more low key. When we asked the doorman to the hotel where we might get xiao shao bing and you tiao, he seemed hesitant to point us in the right direction. I'm happy that he eventually did.

If I remember correctly, the whole meal (for 5 of us) cost about 2.5 RMB or about 30 cents. Not exactly a fancy place, but it was good, cheap, and really hit the spot.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Travel at 7:46 AM



Hey, is that elongated pastry some kind of garlic bread that you can slice sideways and put butter and your favourite jam in between, or even sweetened condensed milk? If so, I've had them before and damn, do I miss them...

Posted by: Quickness at May 19, 2005 9:41 AM

i had those in taiwan. so heavy.

Posted by: el at May 19, 2005 10:29 AM

So heavy, but so good! Hey, so which is which of the xiao bing and you tiao? My chinese sucks, I just remember them going together.

Posted by: FlatGreg at May 19, 2005 1:11 PM

no, there is no garlic involved in any of the items pictured. i would say this is generally how most people eat it, but maybe also with this dried pork product in it.

and el and greg maybe your meals are too light! the xiao bing is the rectangular one and the you tiao is the long fried dough thing.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 19, 2005 1:31 PM

Whoa. Those pics take me back to the "good old days" of my youth in Hong Kong, especially the You tiao. That is oldschool Chinese street food, and you will be hard pressed to find them fresh like that on the streets of Chinatown NYC.

Posted by: ragefury32 at May 19, 2005 1:49 PM

isn't it shao bing not xiao bing?
whichever it is, it all looks delicious.

Posted by: jun at May 20, 2005 5:26 PM

I've got no idea how I found this place but it's darn good!
I've been living in Jiading now for nearly 4 years. It's a good place on Chinese standards.
My son (5 years old) has been going to a local Chinese kindie for the last 3 years and his Chinese is now better than mine!!
I'm teaching at the Shanghai University campus (one of 3 in Shanghai) here but we're going back to Aus next month!

Happy days!

Posted by: wOZfromOZ at May 21, 2005 3:48 AM

indeed it is jun. my pinyin is rusty.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 22, 2005 12:12 PM

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