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CRH Bullet Train Bento

Speaking of the bullet train to Beijing…

About halfway through the four and a half hour ride from Shanghai, the cabin attendant asks if I would like to have lunch. As I was still feeling peckish after my Chicken McMuffin, I told her sure, I’d love to see what they have to offer. Here’s what she brought me…

The main dish in the middle was pork ribs, and to the right was chicken with water chestnuts. But the best part of the meal was this braised vegetable side dish…

It was like a cross between cucumber and a celery with the texture of daikon radish. And it was delicious! Anyone know what it is?

This was my first time taking a train in China, and there was one big difference I noticed between the Japanese shinakansen and this Chinese high speed rail… the scenery! When you speed from Tokyo to Osaka on their bullet train, the view outside your window remains mostly city sprawl. But here, from Shanghai to Beijing, it seemed that the farmlands went on forever, occasionally broken up by a small city…