Chinese Food Diet - Dropping Half of What I Picked Up with Chopsticks
My first trip to China was in the fall of 2013. I had lived overseas in Ethiopia and Haiti before but this was my first time to visit anywhere it Asia. I loved it! I had gone to China to visit Americans that I had trained to teach English and had placed in English teaching jobs in China.
I've since been to China 9 times. I always lose about 10 pounds while I'm there. Yep, part of the reason is that my terrible chopstick skills result in very little food making it to me mouth. However, it's also because Chinese food in Chengdu is some of the spiciest food in China.
I live in Texas normally and love Mexican food but Chinese food in Chengdu makes Mexican food seem mild in comparison! Not being able to eat spicy food puts one at quite a disadvantage in China because eating dinner with friends and business associates is a huge part of the culture.
If you're planning on going to China, don't worry too much though. Many foreigners in China find food that they enjoy and that's not too spicy for them. If in doubt say "ee dee-inn dee-inn la." This means "only a little bit of spice." Also, bring Immodium AD with you and keep in mind that public restrooms are BYOTP (bring your own toilet paper).