So, the food has you turning green? Perhaps that’s only because you don’t know what you’re looking at! China has a diverse cuisine with foods from across the vast country and abroad fused into one massive genre of delicious (and yes, sometimes odd) foods.
If you run into a restaurant where there are no English menus and nothing you can do to determine what to order, simply ask for Jiaozi (pronounced jaow-tss). This is a wonton that can come steamed or fried, either way its delicious and a tourist favorite. They are usually full of pork and vegetables or less commonly, egg and vegetable. China doesn’t do spring rolls, but Jiaozi is a close approximation.
Fried rice is a common dish in China, but you might not find it everywhere. Rice is Mifan (pronounced mee-fan). If you want fried rice say “Chao Mifan” chao means fried (pronounced chaow). A dish of fried rice and Jiaozi will easily tide you over until you find an establishment with a discernible menu.
Now, no matter how lost you get and how hungry, you’ll be able to order at least two dishes to get you by.