Every year I tell myself that I will stop eating fast food or that I will try to round out my diet a little more to include additional fruits and vegetables. I might begin such resolutions with the full intent of completing them, but every year I find my hands dipping into the golden arches of gluttony.
Fast food exists everywhere, even in our quaint little Chinese city. But don’t let me mislead you, there is only one such restaurant and it’s called Dico’s. They primarily serve fried chicken sandwiches and bean paste ice cream. To their defense, it’s really difficult to leave there feeling full. This is an uncommon feeling in American fast food joints, as I always leave looking like I swallowed a 3rd grader.
My great eastern diet has one simple ingredient- living in rural China for three months. This gives me the advantage of not being able to pull up to a taco shop, pizza parlor or gut truck and swallow two days worth of calories in five minutes. To ingest the same amount of calories I’d have to plant myself at a noodle shop for 4 hours straight.
Now comes the hard part. After having the ability to use a drive thru and get my caloric fix at a moments notice, my body is going to crave all the lazy deliciousness they had me hooked on. Simple sugars and saturated fats… More addictive than crack. I guess China is my fast food rehab. I don’t intend to make myself sound morbidly obese. I’m still fairly active and manage to keep most of the pounds off. But, as I’m sure everyone knows, a few less pounds wouldn’t hurt.
Here are a few of my recent favorite dishes. Click one each photo to enlarge.