Things have been good so far in China, traveling around the country has gone smoothly, the food is certainly different. We are in Changsha now and staying at the Dolton, which is a beautiful hotel.
The buffet last night was interesting...I included below a listing of some of the items on the buffet. I didn't include the desserts, which there were about 20 different items and six different kinds of ice cream. I took about a tablespoon of each kind. I they were chocolate, strawberry, green tea w/ leaves in it (which the girl from the other family traveling with us called "grass" LOL), rum ice cream w/ raisins, and a custard type and purple ice cream that I couldn't figure out. Canned soda, tea, juice, beer and mixed drinks were also included in the buffet
All the food was cooked and presented beautifully in dishes, many in different sauces and spices.
Here is a list of some items on the buffet:
live mini eels
(5 other kind of fish)
different sushi rolls
noodles four different kinds
pig's ear with red oil
beef stomach salad
marinated duck neck
cod fillet in a curry sauce (this was good!)
sauteed turtle w/ ox penis (we didn't try this!)
braised chicken kidney (or this)
stir fry duck tongue (or this - it actually looked like walking sticks fried)
bbq chicken leg
pumpkin orange soup
steamed lake crab (but they didn't have the crab cracker tools.. the Chinese people were cracking them open with their teeth!)
winter melon soup with pig's bone
deep fried squid
steamed forest frog with papaya
four different kinds of soup
a service area for boiled and steamed shell fish
7 Hours to Mia!!!!!!!!!!!!