An American in Chengdu

Breakfast | October 16, 2009

or, Why I’m Not Losing WeightMaking youtiao

The workday here starts at 8:00 am. On most mornings I console myself for this unfortunate reality by taking a detour to the youtiao vendor on my way to the office. Youtiao are long sticks of dough that are deep-fried and sold piping hot. They’re not sweet, or round, but otherwise they’re not unlike donuts. Two youtiao and a cup of warm, slightly sweet soy milk cost less than US$0.40, and I’ve found them to be a great way to start the day.

Other traditional breakfast options include steamed buns (with or without a meaty filling) and rice porridge.


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    I've come to Sichuan in search of adventure, fluency in Chinese, and awesome vegetarian food. I have to concede that the baby pandas are very cute.


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