Eating in China is like Russian Roulette

First of all, for those of you who want to join the Wechat group that we have here in China for black women.. please add me to your and i will add you.

Now… I was quite ill the last week or so.. It seem although I have lived in China for ..damn.. six years… I have not been able to conquer the food.  Dont get me wrong.. Chinese food can be delicious.. my favorite is Dong Bei food,  from the north of China.  It is the best chinese food ever.  However, every now and then I catch a bad batch of food.  It is a given here in China.  There is not one foreigner that has come here that hasn’t had a bout of food poison.

I  thought I had figured out what the problem foods were…. street side BBQ, well pretty much anything that is cooked street side is iffy.  Restaurants that look dirty and don’t have bathrooms, and food that is sitting out in the open for long periods of time.   For those of you that don’t know, the sickness usually starts about an hour or so after you eat.  Severe stomach cramps, then one of two things will happen.  You running to the bathroom holding your arse.. or running to the bathroom holding your mouth… and hopefully you can get there before … well you know.  In my case, I am usually running holding my mouth.

I vomited for two days… couldn’t even keep down water.   I was taken to the hospital… (at least that is what they call those horrible places they have here in China).. the doctor proceeded to poke my stomach asking me if it hurt… and I proceeded to give him dirty looks as he caused me more pain.   I then had to walk my arse to get blood drawn and then walk to get a ultasound.  I was carrying a plastic bag with me .. you know.. just in case.  In the end, they couldn’t find anything wrong with me… and wanted to run more tests… I just told them forget it.. I will fix myself.  I love Dr. Google.. he has helped me with so many things.

I also when to the medicine shop and found some things to try…. the cure ended up being some Children’s medicine.  Leave it to China to have better meds for their kids than the adults.   By the fourth day I was drinking water, and sixth day I was back to work.  I have always had a weak stomach but I have noticed that after these bouts of food poisoning it has steadily gotten weaker.

What you may ask did I eat?  I am always told by the locals to buy fresh meat from the fresh market because it is safer.  I went to the market and bought some “fresh” chicken.  I was fooled by the fact that everyone else was buying it, so I figured it must be okay.   I went home and de-boned it and steamed it with some spices and ate it with rice.   That chicken did me in.

My husband came that following weekend and told me honey.. if you want chicken so bad… eat KFC.   Who said fast food is not good for you?

until next time….



8 thoughts on “Eating in China is like Russian Roulette

  1. Downtown David

    Sorry to hear about your food poisoning, its happened to me several time here in China, most of them minor, but two of them real doozies. I think the key here is to make sure you cook your food thoroughly and maybe steaming wasnt thorough enough.

    Im a little cautious about what I eat here. Choose your restaurants carefully. I like cooking at home myself, because I know exactly what Im putting into the food. No gutter oil in my food.

    Dont let this deter you from eating things, just be more careful

  2. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. I’ve had food poisoning a couple of times here in Taiwan; the bathroom became my best friend, just as in your case. I’ve never been able to pinpoint which food caused it for me, except that I’m 99% sure it was from a street stall or night market.

  3. Wow, I feel for you. And you’re right – no matter how long you’re there, it gets you from time to time. For the first few years in China I lost a tremendous amount of weight and nothing I ate would put it back on. But wish I could say that now! 🙂

  4. pearls

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better and getting your strength back. Food poisoning is definitely no joke. I’ve had it twice here in the U.S. and it was from eating in the ‘clean’ cafeteria where I worked. The culprit for me was a tuna melt. Continue to Be Strong and Be Blessed!

  5. I’m glad to hear that you’re doing better. I have the stomach of a goat, so I’ve never had any food related illnesses while travelling the world. It may be because I eat local food everywhere I go and avoid the KFC’s and other brands I’m used to. There is a man with a small grill who cooks meat-on-a-stick outside my metro station, at least twice a week I get a few skewers from him to chow on on my way home. To this very day it’s never even occurred to me to ask what it is that I’m eating.


  6. Great post! I find the same thing is happening to me. I used to have an iron stomach, but gradually having more and more problems. I’m not the only one, I have so many friends here on extreme diets like gluten free. I end up buying a lot of my food in Hong Kong.

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