Joys of Travel

During our tour in China, our travel agent arranged a traditional Chinese lunch in a private home. The hostess took time to demo Chinese cooking in her kitchen, she also taught us of how to make Chinese dumplings. After finishing the cooking demo, she served 10 delicious dishes for us.

Our travel buddies were making dumplings (I was taking pics, so not in the pics):


dumpling-2 Like American fast food, buns and dumplings are for breakfast or lunch. Traditionally, the day before Chinese New Year’s Eve, mothers, sisters, cousins, and/or aunties would get together at a large kitchen table making buns and dumplings with various flavors.  While making dumplings, they were also exchanging stories and gossips. The kitchen was filled with laughter and wonderful smell of food, a happy place.

Our travel buddies (12 in the group) were from different countries, Australia, England, Greece, Japan, and US, between 20s to 70 years old. Despite the geographic and age differences, we had same goals–traveling, savory, and photographing (our Japanese friend carried 3 different cameras the entire time and our 20 some year old friend had never stopped shooting photos). We had a great time traveling together from Beijing to Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai in 12 days 🙂

These were the Chinese buns and dumplings that we had in Shanghai:



Joys Of Travel (part 2) got even better!

Thank you for visiting! Happy Thursday 🙂

58 thoughts on “Joys of Travel

  1. Dear, dear Amy, I must say this is the most delicious post so far in my Thursday’s Special. I would like to see a picture of you making dumplings some day :). All the photos here are well taken, but the last one is something else. THANK YOU 🙂


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  3. Great post, Amy. It’s interesting to see how they are made. I have to say that after our China trip, hubby and I were so full of dumplings, that we never wanted to see another one for as long as we lived. Just joking 🙂


    • I like the non challenge theme, too! Glad you are on, Jo! Thank you for reading it. We ate in a very special restaurant, and the food photo was from their site. I should go back and make a note.


  4. I always wanted to learn how to make these. Certain Sundays I bring my family to our favorite dim sum place. Always a delicious treat but I think what makes it memorable are the stories shares among friends & family such as in your post. Have a great weekend.


  5. That’s what I love about kitchens and food of course. Those dumplings looks delicious Amy and I can see you had lots of fun. These are stunning shots hon. Thanks for sharing. 😀 *big hugs*


  6. Beautiful, beautiful post!!! The pictures, the sense of travelling to different places, and most esp. the harmony despite diversity that you shared, it’s endearing and so lovely to hear.


    • I agree, Isadora! I think the sharing and creating part brings the joys of cook. Glad to know you enjoy cooking 🙂 Thank you so much for spending time here.


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