Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Paz2
China expert for Expat Arrivals
We are happy to announce that International Cravings is now one of Expat Arrivals China experts. We have a few articles on their site and have helped create a page; “A Day in the Life of an Expat in China”.
It was a lot of fun putting it together and I enjoyed it a lot, here is a little excerpt.
4.00pm – heading home
Time to get the ingredients for dinner. I head to my local market. On my way there I walk pass the live chickens in bins. You pick your chicken and they cut the throat, let it bleed out and put twine around their feet for you to carry them home. I guess you have to pluck it yourself.
If you want frogs, turtles, or snakes you must go down the block where you can find them all in tanks of water ripe for the picking. Fresh crab is also available from the adjacent corner; they crawl around in the wire bin until you decide which one will go on your dinner plate. Be careful where you walk, most of the trash is just tossed outside by the curb. Alligator and snapping turtle can also be found, but I have no idea how to cook them so I make my way over to the fresh fish. Once I make my selection, the fishseller cleans it and guts it right there. I also ask her to make some slices in the fish so that my ingredients soak in better. I don’t want to do any of that. I pay her my $2.50 for the fish as she throws it into a plastic bag. I always have her double bag it, because as you can imagine it is a little bloody. I then make my way over to the vegetable section. Here you can get almost any vegetable you can imagine, and they are dirt cheap. I buy eggplant, bok choy and some good old potatoes. Tonight I will be making steamed fish, eggplant, bok choy, and of course white rice. My shopping trip costs me $5.00 and will make a meal for four. Check out more here.
Expat Arrivals is a great site to check out if you are thinking of moving or visiting abroad. Obviously, since they featured us. 😉
International Cravings is proud to be one of Expat Arrivals China experts and we hope to bring you the information you need on moving, working, or traveling to China. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact us.