I love a hot breakfast but it’s usually not convenient for me to buy zhōu (粥) or xī fàn (稀饭) also known as congee, gruel or porridge in the English-speaking world because I’m always in a rush nowadays.
For a while, I packed sandwiches to work because I’m so hungry by the time I reach the workplace that I’d gobble them up on the public bus, which attracts quite a bit of stares since the sandwich is not a common item on the Chinese breakfast menu.
One morning, a couple of students invited me to join them for breakfast and I was curious about what the young girl was taking for herself and her handsome boyfriend. I know, you may be thinking I’m being such a lamp post but since both of them are in my class, it’s ok. Both of them are great kids! And they speak quite good English
Here goes one of my favourite hot and vegetarian Chinese breakfast:
油条 (yóu tiáo) with dòu jiāng (豆浆)
The hot soy bean milk is served in a bowl like a bowl of congee or porridge. Then, you pick a piece of dough stick and put it in. The dough stick is a bit on the sweet side while the soy bean milk is bland thus you get a nice combination.
A simple, protein-rich (except for the simple carbohydrate of the dough stick) and vegetarian breakfast – perfect for people on the go
Now I understand what my students mean when they say that they’ve had dòu jiāng (豆浆) for breakfast!
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