Thursday, October 23, 2008

Eating! 吃 饭

Hello Everyone!

Our posting today is about food! Here is some important vocabulary:

好 hǎo good
吃 chī eat
饭 fàn food
不 bù no, not
筷 子 kuàizi chopsticks

吃 饭
chī fàn eat food

好 吃
hǎo chī tasty; good to eat

We attended the opening banquet and reception for the conference on Monday night. It was held next door at the Regal Palace Theatre Restaurant. The hall had many big round tables, each with a “lazy susan” (a revolving tray) in the center. Each dish of food is brought out and placed on the lazy susan, and everyone around the table can spin it around to take food from each dish!
We had 10 courses, plus dessert! We were so full afterwards, we didn’t think we’d be hungry again for a long time, but sure enough, we woke up early to have a big breakfast! Our stomachs don’t understand that we’re in a different time zone!
Here is our menu:

Here are some things we ate:

We have found a great little restaurant down the block from the hotel, where lots of local Beijing people eat. The food is much better that the hotel food, very fresh and 好吃! It is also very inexpensive.
Here we ate:

Spicy tofu with ground pork
(ma po do fu)

Spicy chicken with peanuts
(gong bao ji ding)

Mongolian spicy lamb
(Alicia's favorite - on a bed of fresh cilantro!)

Green vegetables

Next time you order some Chinese food, try using chopsticks. And remember:
中 国 饭 不用 筷 子 不 好 吃!
zhōng guǒ fàn, bù yǒng kuài zi , bù hǎo chī !

"If you don't use chopsticks when eating Chinese food, it just doesn't taste good!"

Tuesday night we attended a cultural performance at the Do Yuan Theater. It is in the center of Beijing around the corner from the Forbidden City, in a beautiful old building with traditional Chinese architecture.

Here are some pictures:

We have a video of the performance , but we couldn't upload it...we'll try again later!

Much more to write, but it's after 2 in the morning (what time is it where you are if it's 2 a.m. here?) and we have to sleep!

Two more days and we come home. so much more to write about!

再 见!

Zai jian!

Lucy and Alicia


joe said...

hello its joe i was wonderin if u got me an conner the sandel thingy from baijing

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Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a very great time. I read through this blog and I thought it was very interesting. I really like your idea of writing the book about the giraffe. I hope your book does well. In addition I even learned a few words. Your brother is my teacher Mr.Zahner.

Sophie said...

ooo... i am a tofu super fan! sigh. i want the mapo tofu soooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.