The traditional comfort foods of macaroni and cheese, lasagna, mashed potatoes, chicken soup, casserole, biscuits, meatloaf, and pies do not any longer hit the spot. Xiananigans may be inclined to answer this prompt differently if still living in Xi’an. It is too funny how thoughts adapt according to external stimuli. Location, or place really is everything.
Readers may also recall quite a number of Chinese foods made the list of her ten favorite foods on day seven of this month’s challenge. Therefore, the food that best comforts her is husband’s Chinese cooking:
- 饺子 Dumplings
- 面 Noodles, homemade 菠菜面 is featured in the gallery
- 稀饭 Porridge, especially with sweet potatoes and millet 红薯小米稀饭
- 西红柿炒鸡蛋 Tomato and eggs
- 韭菜炒鸡蛋 Eggs with garlic chives
- 煎饼 Chinese crepes
- 油炸花生米 Boiled peanuts
- 拔丝红薯 Candied sweet potatoes
- 大盘鸡 Big plate of chicken
- 肉夹馍 Rou jia mo
- 茶叶蛋Tea eggs
- 火锅 🍲 Hot pot
- 凉菜 Chinese salads
- 鱼 🐟 Fish steamed or fried in a wok
He is always on the lookout for new entrees to serve, however his wife cares very little about eating the same few dishes on several occasions. He cooks now and then, so she looks forward to flashbacks of the cooking adventures they had in Xi’an. She worked alongside him as his prep chef, vegetable washer, garlic and ginger slicer, and washer of the rice before adding water and letting the rice cooker do the remaining work. She bites into his homemade 肉夹馍, steamed bread oozing with Chinese-style pulled pork, remembering the excursions, and at times treks to forage for food. “What do you want to eat,” a question they all too often asked.
She always replied, “Something delicious!”
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Xiananigans would love to hear from you…what’s your favorite comfort food(s)?