Eating was heaven! Even though we never consulted the Lonely Plant when it came to choosing restaurants in the last 10 months, because the places recommended are always far more expensive, in China we have come to appreciate those recommendations: the places mentioned in the guide usually have an English menu!
Do we sound like loosing our sense of adventure? To be frank, pointing at other people’s dishes or at veggies & meat displayed in restaurants is fun for a while, but it got boring because we always played it safe in such situations and went very conservatively for vegetable only. That is fine for a day or two, but even Heidi who is not a meat lover like Gilles, found this diet dissatisfactory after a while.
So we did enjoy the change in diet at times at travelers’ places, like the Mei Mei Café in Jinghong or the Sims’s Guesthouse in Chengdu, where they knew how to prepare western food. There are lots of other places who serve western food, but it is usually horrid: spaghetti cooked into a puree or pizza made of sweet dough!
Naturally, we were excited about the low prices of food in restaurants in general, but once you eat in those food stalls, the difference is quite something.