Since packing my bags just over two years ago after spending four (of the somehow longest yet shortest) months of my life in Shanghai, I have been in a near constant state of scheming my way back to China. I could be an au pair, a grad student, a teacher, a street sweeper, an international (wo)man of mystery – it didn’t matter to me, I had to have my baozi fix, my jiaozi fix, those salty-oily-amazing “one of everything please” danbing… Xiaolongbao were calling my name. Biting into a fresh roujiamo was slowly working its way into my dreams… Don’t even talk to me about the eggplant. Seriously, eggplant, who knew you were so delicious? You are a consistently underrated vegetable. Full disclosure, I am not 600 pounds (but it sounds like I maybe could be, right?). #Sorrynotsorry, I just can’t help myself. I mean, would you look at this stuff?? Would ya just look at it??
Mapo Doufu, Yuxiang Qiezi, Gongbao Jiding on my 8/25/2014 return trip to Alliance Global Ed students’ preferred Sichuanese restaurant, PangGe, just outside Fudan U.
#ThanksAYC for bringing me back to China, now it’s my turn to give something back to the country that has given me so much (to eat).