Zhunk Food

It’s Dragon Day festival in China,  another holiday that revolves around food.

Lots of it.

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These are called zhongzi (pronounced jong-gee) a pyramid shaped package of rice and sweet fruit filling–at least I think it’s fruit–with a few good size seeds.

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You can crack a tooth on one of them if you’re not careful.

You can’t buy zhongi from a vending machine. Zhongi are made by this assembly line.

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I also had dinner at a student’s house this week. Get this–she had a  pet owl. This little creature ruled the roost–keeping their horse size mastiff in line.

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There were twenty two dishes to pass around the table–and that didn’t include the appetizer spread–

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All that food was chased by small glasses of baijiu –which is lighter fluid in a fancier bottle.

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Other delicacies included Abalone, fermented leaf tips and fish head soup.

And when we were done, we could brush our teeth with cockroach toothpaste.

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then crash on this instead of a couch.

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Or, if we were  still hungry, we could  order something off of a real Chinese take out menu…

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Or head to the ” 7-11″ for one of this bad boys…

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And boy, do they smell bad.

Suddenly,  moon pies and twinkies don’t sound that weird.

 

 

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