EAT EAT EAT and CHAT CHAT CHAT. What we had in one day.

▴ The notorious traditional Beijing breakfast drink: Douzhi (made of tofu residue, tastes like rotten cabbage or sewage water…)

享受了两口豆汁儿的酸菜味儿。我妈却喝的安安稳稳。

▴ My soul food meat bun is back again. Chili oil is an essential condiment for maximizing the taste,

▴ Leek and shrimp is another popular filling

▴ Oh…what a temptation…包子对我的诱惑力应该是致命的了。。。

小时候是个彻底的素食主义者。肉馅儿包子一口不沾。长大之后估计是味蕾成熟,有幸享受肉包子。每次回国就馋这口儿。包子小米粥,必须蘸着醋和辣椒油。庆丰包子铺是个新鲜事物,不算是记忆里的东西。只是近几年回北京频繁,它才渐渐融入我对北京的情感中。而且每次都是老雷在场陪我吃,更为这本不起眼的包子注入更多的温暖。

▴ Here the lunch starts.

▴ Super local eats.

又在好嫂子面馆儿相聚。鸡蛋柿子面,又是记忆里的味道。集体记忆,中国人味蕾的集体记忆。

▴ Japanese Tofu stir-fry…I never get a chance to learn why this type of silky tube-shaped tofu get its name – The Japanese Tofu. What’s so Japanese about it?

▴ Our dinner. The undistinguishable stuff is fish.

The highlight is not about the food we had but the conversation and love we shared sitting by the dinning table. Food plays a central role to unit people together. Especially good food.

A six hours long chat with XiaoQiang. Through his stories, I gained a lot of life advice, a few awesome gifts and several Russian illustration books  to read on. I got so touched by the relationship we have. Their home is my home in Beijing. That’s how I feel.