I mentioned last week that I made tea eggs for the Chinese New Year. I know this probably looks and seems really weird, but they are really good! This used to be one of those foods I ate all the time when we lived in China. Street vendors sell these for less than a penny. They make a great snack and are so delicious! Now, these are not to be confused with fermented duck eggs. I made that mistake only once. I couldn’t even begin to choke it down. Yeep! Anyway, if you are interested in an authentic little Chinese snack, check these out:
I’m actually entering these as part of a “Chinese Potluck” hosted by Diana from Appetite for China (check out the details here). She even has a cookbook published called The Chinese Takeout Cookbook! And because I know you want to see a shot of me getting street food… here is me with Edwin (he was like my adopted “grandfather”) getting breakfast on the street one morning:
Speaking of favorite Chinese snacks… I’ve mentioned man tou on this blog before. It’s basically just steamed buns and they are delicious. You have to eat them when they are hot, though! Once they cool off, they are still good, but not near as delicious. To be totally honest, these are pretty complex to make from scratch especially since you can just buy them already made at your local Asian food market. Buuuut! Sometimes it’s just cool to say that you made it homemade! 🙂 I was definitely super proud of myself the first time I made these from scratch, haha! 🙂
Much like “Mexican” food in the US is very unlike authentic Mexican food and pizza here looks nothing like it does in Italy… most of what is is served at your typical Chinese buffet is nothing like the food I ate while living there. However, the whole “broccoli beef” concept is not far off. I came across this recipe on AllRecipes and while it’s not the exact same as something I would have eaten there, it is really pretty similar!
I know these recipes were a bit long, but then they aren’t exactly simple, haha! No wonder people just prefer to go out to eat Chinese instead of cooking it at home. But really, there is something so fulfilling about making it homemade and knowing exactly which ingredients are going in your food! 🙂 Happy (belated) Chinese New Year, friends!