Right after school let out, we hopped on a 14 hour flight to spend the next 2 1/2 weeks visiting my relatives in China. I know it isn’t exactly most peoples’ ideal summer destination, but I always look forwards to the visit. Honestly, if you need any reason to fly overseas to China–literally any reason at all–it would have to be for the food. My family and I ate out for almost every meal… I must have gained at least 5 pounds! Unfortunately, most of the time I’d forget to snap a picture before I ate, so today I’m going to be sharing the collection of Chinese foods I was able to capture on my iPhone. It’s still a lot of pictures, but if I’m being honest: we ate a loooot more than what I’m sharing today!
I feel like I haven’t typed up a blog post in ages. I wrote my latest blog post a while back, but I never got around to posting it until recently. It’s been a hot minute since truly written anything! I really missed y’all ;(
Also, I should probably mention a little disclaimer: I also couldn’t tell you the English names of most of the things we ate in China. The Chinese names don’t translate so well, so I’ll try to describe them as best as I can (sorry… heh)
Holy wow… that was a lot of food! And to think I actually had a lot more is insane (!!)
I hope y’all enjoyed this collection of photos! I know I’ve been posting a lot of travel content, but stay tuned! More exciting things are coming.
For all of my non-Chinese friends out there, I hope you weren’t scared away by these exotic-looking dishes. Perhaps you were a little shocked by what real, authentic Chinese food looks like? It’s very very very different from anything you see at Panda Express, Pei Wei, or any other Asian-American restaurant.
Each time I get the opportunity to revisit China, I’m grateful for the time spent strengthening relationships with my family, exploring new places, and immersing myself in my culture. More recently, I have felt more of an inclination to familiarize myself with my roots and truly appreciate the hard work and poverty my ancestors had to experience to give me the life I have today. In today’s era of pop culture influence, a lot of people tend to fall out of touch with where they come from. I encourage y’all to explore your origins a little bit, because a lot of people don’t have that chance. I’m really proud of where I come from, and I think everyone should be too!
Hi, I'm Ashley! I'm just your average dessert-loving food blogger, baking enthusiast, and nut butter lover, who happens to LOVE making food... mostly sweets, haha. And I share my faves here on My Southern Sweet Tooth!