Crispy Honey Chili Photos.

In June, Namrata, Anusmita, and I travelled to Shanghai to participate in a workshop with our research partner in China. When we weren’t creating hypotheses, we sampled some fascinating food from across the country and beyond. If you think your life is a waste because you haven’t eaten any of this food, you’re right.


The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. Omnomnom.

The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.  Omnomnom.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, eat an Angus black beef burger.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, eat an Angus black beef burger.

Brewed for good times, unlike the other beers of the world, which are brewed to help you come to terms with your sad, sad life.

Brewed for good times, unlike the other beers of the world, which are brewed to help you come to terms with your sad, sad life.

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Tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens the thought and prevents drowsiness.

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Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.

"Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.

“Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.

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Dim Sum means ‘touch the heart’ and Margarita means ‘warm the cockles’.

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Spinach, Veg, Beef, and Rice: The honourable and upright man keeps well away from both the slaughterhouse and the kitchen. And he allows no knives on his table.

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Tsingtao, because your food needs a soulmate.

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Ice Cream Artist: Wait, this isn’t Chinese. Oh, well.

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“Fluid, fruity, and refreshing! ” – Namrata Mehta

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Spinach at 12 o’clock, Eggplant and Potato at 3, Roasted Chicken at 6, and Beef Salad at 9. Twelvehoursinaday.

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The crockery was covered with clingfilm. They really make you work for your food in China.

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Confucius say, “Man with one chopstick go hungry.”

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Authentic Beijing table-setting. In Shanghai. Irony, anybody?

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Sichuan Hot-Pot: Killer gravy with all kinds of veggies, meat, chili, and digestive distress. On an unrelated note, never challenge Anusmita to eat chilis – it’ll cost you $50. US Dollars.

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