Julianne and I get asked a lot by our students and other university teachers here in China if we like Chinese food and how often we eat it, etc.
We really like Chinese food and there are very few dishes we’ve come across that we didn’t like when eating at the restaurants in Changsha.
We also, of course, like to eat western foods from North America, and foods from other cultures like India, for example.
Since we haven’t heard of any Indian restaurants in Changsha we decided to make some curry style chicken when we came across a packet of seasonings in Metro (similar to COSTCO) a few weeks ago.
The only problem was that even with the ‘prepared’ seasonings the recipe on the package called for ingredients and items we don’t have in our apartment. We also knew we couldn’t find them in Metro.
Anyways, Julianne improvised with what we had in our kitchen and produced a really good tasting curry-esque chicken dish (I’m sure substituting ketchup for pureed tomato might have altered the dish a wee bit, lol).
As a side dish we had baked potatoes which are surprisingly cheap to buy here.
It is possible to cook western/foreign food dishes here in Changsha but it pays to bring spices you love from home on the plane. You can get quite a few at Metro and Carrefour, but others are impossible to find.
Next week I’ll be back in Canada and can’t wait to go into a grocery store and experience the extreme reverse-culture-shock of seeing so many choices . . . it really hits home how privileged one is to live in Canada after being overseas for several years.
Happy Canada Day!!!
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