I am an American living in China. I am married to a Chinese woman here.I like China very much except for most of the food
. Where I come from, one cannot buy cheese, coffee or decent bread. No mayonnaise (salad dressing) or lunch meat. Very few canned foods.
I miss Mexican food. The corporation (YUM!) that owns Taco Bell is trying to start a Taco bell chain in China, only to discover that the Chinese don't like hard tacos. So, in Shanghai we have a Taco Bell that does not serve tacos. The only fast food here is McDonalds
, KFC (Chinese love KFC), and Pizza Hut (with some other pizza variants). McDonalds has no breakfast menu, which is the only time that McDonalds is any good anymore! I miss Burger King a lot, I love the Whopper!
I actually went to a Subway sandwich place in a modern Chinese city, I went inside about 1030 in the morning, and they had no meat or vegetables out. Oh well, I thought, it is early still, and my wife, her friend and I had Chinese food. Around 6PM I went back to Subway, and it was the same routine, no meat, no vegetables or condiments. The lady behind the counter asked me rudely what I wanted, and I asked where is the meat and vegetables, and she told me to order off the menu. I just got frustrated and left.
Junk food, no Doritoes here, Doritoes are gold to me. You can find them in the specialty stores in Shanghai or Beijing for $4 dollars a bag, and yes, once I paid that. Soda selection is Coke, Pepsi,(or the Chinese variant called Future Cola), Sprite, Orange Soda, or sweet iced tea called Bing Hong Ta. I can get Gatorade and Mountain Dew in some places. Chinese like pringles and Lays potato chips.
Chinese breakfasts are awful with some exceptions. One billion Chinese eat an egg the same way, fried suny side up. If you go to a hotel and ask the guy to make it another way, he will get confused. Other items include hot soy milk, noodles, beans, boiled eggs, and peanuts. I beg for waffle House at this point. They do make a bread dumpling called Bao-zi which is wonderful, so I eat that. Yes, one can go to a western hotel and have a real breakfast, but those are expensive, and it is buffet style
The best thing to eat in China is Beijing Duck. Beijing Duck is a roasted duck served with a type of flour tortilla (for lack of the Chinese word) with plumb sauce (about the thickness of ketchup, sweet) with green onion. You wrap all these together and eat. The best place I went to was in Beijing and damn it was wonderful. So not all Chinese food is bad, there are exceptions. When you people in the west eat a Whopper, or a white castle(Krystal) burger, a taco, or a BBQ sandwich, please think of me!