We all love celebrating Easter with our families at home, but right now we are in Qingdao and very far away from home. But it doesn’t matter – Intern China planned a wonderful and delicious Easter brunch for all interns together last Sunday!
The interns were very happy about the idea to have an Easter brunch and were all very excited (would it be more Chinse food or real Western food? Will there be cheese? And what about bread?).
We organized the Easter brunch in one of the best Western restaurants in Qingdao: “Sparks Café & Brewery”. It is located directly in the middle of Qingdao´s business center, near the ocean and beautiful Wusi Guangchang.
To wake up early Sunday morning is not my most favorite activity, but this time I was so happy and curious about the brunch, that I didn’t have a problem to wake up early at all!
Four people were sharing one basket of bread and croissants and a big plate with fruits & vegetables! But the most delicious and best plate was the one with 2 different kinds of cheese… after a very long time we finally had the opportunity to eat cheese again!
Beside this we also had yoghurt, butter, marmalade and more on the table – everything you need for a perfect Easter brunch!!!
All in all, it was a very delicious and a wonderful experience to have an Easter brunch in China, I felt like I am back at home.
Being a Vegetarian in China can sometimes be a daunting “task”. You’re living in a country where there is meat in almost every dish and people are normally not too understanding about not eating meat. But you are also in the country that invented tofu, the country that has fresh vegetables in most dishes AND a variety of dishes which seems to be incomparable to what we have in Europe!
I have been a vegetarian for more than 13 years now, including not eating any seafood, fish and hardly any eggs, and I have travelled to China quite often as well. If you don’t speak any Chinese, it might be difficult for you to make yourself understood about your wishes. So in the following weeks, I want to share some of my tips and tricks on how to get around as a vegetarian without having to abandon too many of your principles and still being able to go out with your internship company colleagues, with us for our weekly Intern China dinners, with friends and of course with your host family. 🙂
Today I want to introduce the easiest way for having a really nice dinner in Qingdao: We have a Vegetarian restaurant called “Crystal Lotus Vegetarian Diet & Tea House, 清水连素膳茗坊” (No. 6 Yan’erdaolu, 燕尔岛路6号 ).
“Crystal Lotus” is definitely not one of the cheapest restaurants, I have to admit. But it’s located in central Qingdao, easy to find, really good looking cosy furniture and an amazing service. The first time I went there, I waited outside for a friend and they asked me to come inside, have some tea and warm up. They are really nice and welcoming; as soon as my friend came they brought us to a free table. The menu is great, a lot of pictures (if you can’t read any Chinese), you get everything from starters over mock-meat Beijing duck to soup and “dessert”. The waitress was very kind and attentive, and also asked if we can eat onions, garlic, coriander and ginger.
If you are still new to Qingdao, this should be one of the first places to go, since you won’t have any unpleasant surprises here!
Food is a very important thing in China. Not without any reason was Confucius casting out his wife because she was a bad chef. Since ancient time many factors have influenced the development of the Chinese kitchen.
The Cantonese kitchen, as one of the four different main styles of Chinese food, is one of the most famous way to eat in China. Happy to live in Zhuhai, where the Cantonese kitchen is well known, I want to introduce some of the best Cantonese dishes and some of the best restaurants offering those.
Dim Sum, a Cantonese term for small hearty dishes, are small bite-sized or individual portions of food which is traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Eating Dim Sum in Zhuhai is usually known as going to drink tea, as tea is typically served with Dim Sum.
Basically there are a lot of different ways to prepare Dim Sum. Rice rolls, lotus leaf rice, turnip cakes, buns, dumplings, stir fried green vegetables, steamed meatballs, spare ribs or spring rolls: the main issue is that it is deserved in small baskets or plates.
One of the best Dim Sum restaurant in Zhuhai is Jin Yue Xuan: 1-3 Floor,B,265 Ri Hua Commercial Square, South Lover Street, Gongbei, ZHUHAI.
Cantonese or Guangdong dishes are characterized by their tender and slightly sweet taste. There’s a lot of seafood, pork and chicken, which is normally deserved with head and feet. Cantonese vegetable dishes are often simply stir fried, plain or with minced garlic. The main point in preparing a Cantonese dish is that it is fresh.
Here is a small list of famous Cantonese restaurants in Zhuhai:
Hengqin Oyster Restaurant (Fuxiang Bay Oyster Farm, Hengqin, Xiangzhou District)
Yuren Matou Restaurant (Wanzai Branch, No.3013, Nanwan Road, Wanzai, Xiangzhou District)
Deyue Boat (Inside Mingting Park, Yeli Island, Qinglü Road, Xiangzhou District)
Deyuefang Restaurant (Inside Mingting Park, Yeli Island, Xiangzhou District)
Shishen Restaurant (Tangjia Branch, Dieshi, Gangwan Avenue, Xiangzhou District)
For those who don’t want to go to a restaurant the several cookshops everywhere on the streets are very recommendable.
Man man chi!
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