The China Breakfast

Monday, April 18, 2011: All About Shanghai

A Chinese Breakfast

I did not sleep well because 1) I was still on America time, 12 hours behind, and 2) I was just too excited to be in Shanghai.  This happiness-induced insomnia WILL catch up with me as the latter part of the week will prove… I woke up to a traditional hearty Chinese breakfast, courtesy of Xiao Jiu Ma =) She walked to the University Cafe behind their apartment to buy us breakfast food. In China there, people like to eat a small breakfast at the family dinner table, delicious and carbo-liphic. It is quick and simple:  no eggs, toast, donuts, or coffee. It is eaten early to start the new day fresh and energized.

芝麻球 + 豆沙 ‘Zhi Ma Qiu w/Dou Sha’ (Sesame balls filled with Red Bean): Crunchy and chewy on the outside, sweet and mushy on the inside!

麵包 ‘Mian Bao’ (Chinese Bread): There are variations to this typical breakfast. I usually like to have the bread with fillings, such as cream custard (奶黃包) and lemon custard (檸檬包). Other types include pork or chicken stuffings, pineapple, nuts, raisins, chocolate, etc… That morning, I tried a really delicious bread- soft and savory.

– 豆漿油條 ‘Dou Jiang You Tiao’ (Soy Milk & Doughsticks): Just like JJ Lin’s song, this is a breakfast staple. The doughsticks are like the deep-fried cinnamon sticks in America, but without the cinnamon and sugar overdose. They are crunchy, yet soft, delicious with some soy sauce or soy milk. Soy milk can be consumed hot or cold. It is served in a small rice bowl and drank with a spoon or by bowl. If you really want to take your time, you can do it the cat-way =)  Too bad I’m allergic to soy milk. I’ve drank barely half a cup and my throat started closing up and red hives breaking out. Instead, I drank regular milk (牛奶) with some honey, which was just as satisfying.


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