Sizzling lamb legHere’s just a small blog on my experiences with food living in Inner Mongolia province. I have included a short but useful list of words and phrases in Pinyin, photos of take away food we ate on the job and some interesting facts;


  • Jiao Zi (Dumplings)
  • Da bao (Take away)
  • Mantou (Steamed bread)
  • Bu hao chi (Not good to eat)
  • Zhe ge cai you rou ma? (Does this dish have meat?)
  • Pi jiu (beer )
  • Wo chi bao la / Wo he duo la (I am full / I am drunk)
  • Kuai can (fast food)
  • Wo xi huan la de (I like it spicy)

Did you know …

… that the amount of bamboo chopsticks used in China is immense!; a staggering estimate of 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used and thrown away each year!! That is equal to 25 million fully grown trees annually!

… that in 2002, China had a fourth of the world’s chicken population , at around 4 billion chickens!

… that in North China, most Chinese’ favorite meat on the barbie is chicken feet ?

… that the consumption of rice in China (of course worlds largest consumer) stood at kg in 2003/2004!

… that when KFC first translated its advertising slogan “finger lickin’ good” into Chinese, it came out as “eat your fingers off”

… that China is by far the worlds largest garlic producer with kg! (2008 figures)

… that Kung Fu Tea (Gong Fu Cha) has got nothing to do with martial arts?

慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī!)

(Literally meaning ‘eat slowly’, although hardly ever said in China)

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