Yes, we all love our starches, even though they don’t always help our figures! Luckily, I’m old enough to not care too much about my figure, so I jump in and enjoy the starches often. “How do you get starches from a street vendor?” you may ask. That’s easy. The vendors make them right there on their carts or small stands.

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Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is quite popular in China, and usually the street vendors have VERY large ears of corn to sell. Sometimes the corn has different colored kernels, which is colorful and interesting. Often, you’ll see the steam coming from a large pot of corn on the cob, indicating that it’s hot and ready!

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Baozi, steamed bread stuffed with a paste made from pork and vegetables, is another delicious food you can get on the street. Baozi is most commonly eaten for breakfast, but I like it any time I can get it. Sometimes it comes fried, but most often it’s steamed in woven baskets. This would be considered a very common food for most Chinese.

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Noodles are very popular and common in China. They come in many different shapes and sizes, so choose what you like! It requires great skill to twirl the dough in the air and pop it tight as the cooks knead the dough.

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Enjoy the food, culture, atmosphere, and people!

Learn more by reading my book Lessons from China: A Westerner’s Cultural Education.

It’s Launch Week for Lessons from China

Last week I told you that I’d keep you informed on some of the fun things that are happening with the book. Well, as of yesterday, April 7th, 2014, my book, Lessons from China: A Westerner’s Cultural Education, officially hit bookstore shelves and online bookstore websites. Thanks to all of you Lessons from China made it up the rankings to #10 in travel related books on Asia and China and finally settled at #15! That is amazing. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you because you are making the publication of this book an enjoyable success from day one.

Lessons from China: A Westerner’s Cultural Education is available in or on, (to donate a portion of the sale to Global Partners in Life), Barnes and Noble stores, and I’ll be sharing more interesting posts about China and news about the book, so stay tuned.




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