Day 4: Exploring New Foods

During lunch time, once again I returned to SiFangJie to buy food. Today I urged myself to try new foods and go to new shops that neither I, nor the rest of the extreme team, have not already gone to. After circling around the center square of the area, I decided to walk father and explore the smaller roads behind. The first piece of treasure that I found were cold noodles. In them, the lady added homemade spicy pickles, that were a lot like kimchi, as well as different kinds of hot sauce and crushed peanuts. When you mix them all together you get a bowl of noodles covered in red spicy looking sauce, however it was not that spicy, for me at least. Next, some of the boys were waiting in line to try the sweet version of Baba, since we already tried the salty one yesterday. Surprisingly, it was much better than the salty one. After everyone shared one to try, we decided to get 2 more to share so we could eat more of the delicious goodness. However, one slice was enough for me since I still wanted to go explore new foods. Once again I walked towards another small pathway, the one that connects to the main market. There I found a lady with some sort of dessert that I have seen a lot of people eating during the time that we have spent here. She was kind enough to let me try the 2 different desserts, one that was some sort of starchy mixture made out of rice, and another that was tofu like. On top she drizzled on a sweet syrup substance that gave the dessert that special something. In the end, I decided to buy a bowl and ended up talking to the stand owner. She told me that she had been selling and making these desserts at home for around 34 years now. I was amazed by how long she stayed with this interest, hopefully I can go back another day and talk to her more. This day has definitely been an adventurous day and I look forward to trying more new foods and improving my Chinese skills by talking to the local people. 

Hey, my name is Nicole and I am currently 13 years old. I was born in San Francisco, California and my parents are from Taiwan. Throughout my life I have moved 5 times so I am a pretty social butterfly. Leadership and taking risks are things that I feel confident at. Photography, dance, and swimming are my hobbies and passion. I had a very delightful time exploring new cultures on my microcampus experience in XiZhou and will miss it deeply!