Ok – back to food! Chinese food, as prepared here, is very simple; beautiful presentation. Almost no sauces. If there is a sauce, it’s very light. Soups are always clear broth based.
We had the BEST noodles (sorry, Gram) in Xi’an. They were freshly made on site and served in a clear broth with beef or chicken. Yum!
At Sias University we’ve had 3 Western style meals. All were good; but left us wanting more traditional Chinese food. Last night Mike and I ordered our first Chinese meal on our own. Great thing the menu had pictures and English words! We did great! Good meal to share with just the two of us. We’ve been really busy and our schedule so packed, that yesterday was our second day to have some ‘free’ time to just hang out for a few hours. It was great!
Sias University is an amazing place! I would urge any college bound student to apply to attend here. At least half the classes are taught in English and there are students from around the world here. The campus is also designed to represent different cultures from around the world. Our hotel is in the European corridor – so the buildings are designed to look like France, Italy, etc. They are expanding the campus to support the more than 20,000 students here. The faculty are also from around the world. If anyone wants to gain teaching experience – this would be an excellent place!
After 2 weeks on the road, all in China, we are headed to South Korea in the morning – the US Monday evening. We have a packed schedule again. We leave S. Korea on Friday morning for Taiwan. The trip is quickly winding down. It has been amazing. And I still have places to write about from China!