We are a week into a month long stay here in Zhengzhou and the surrounding areas. Locals claim this is the birthplace of Chinese culture. We are to the west of the main city, right outside the current rebuilding/modernization zones, although we’re told next year construction will begin in this area, too. The cafeteria-style food we eat almost daily is similar to what I’ve had in homes here. (Sadly, I didn’t take pictures of the home-cooked food.) I thought others might find some of my observations interesting. I’ll keep adding to this thread.
Three observations so far:
I’ve been surprised how much tomato and potato is eaten here. I see almost none in Chinese food around the United States.
Great congee is a true art. It’s very common here but haven’t had a good one yet.
I don’t even know what some of the greens are, one even looks like lettuce, but the greens here are really good.