Just returned from China. I had some fantastic food that I hope I can find here. Most notably:
1. Had an epic meal at a hotel restaurant in Chaoyang (up north in Liaoning Province) where a standout dish was shrimp on skewers with red peppers. The red peppers where fried until dry and crispy. It was hot but not too hot for me (I don't have a lot of tolerance for too much heat). Generally curious about northern Chinese cuisine.
2. Also north: ate at a famous dumpling restaurant in Shenyang. Looking for great dumplings in NYC. Also looking for a wonderful tea they had at that restaurant: a beautiful combination of loose tea, flowers, spices and a lump of sugar sitting in the bottom of the covered tea cup. The waiter came by with a hot water pitcher with a spout that must have been 5' long and poured water into our cups -- didn't miss once.
3. Ate in the muslim neighborhood in Xi'an. Loved the spicy skewers of lamb, and the soup with some lamb flavor, but which was also made with rye bread, which imparted a nice flavor.
Have only scratched the surface of Chinese cuisine. Eager to try it all! Thanks in advance.