I don't know much about Chinese food, but I am going to China (Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai) for vacation in a few weeks and am doing some culinary research to get into the groove before I go. I was scrolling through the boards, and based on your recommendations, am dying to try Little Pepper. So tonight we're planning on going and getting the whole fish with bean curd, the lamb with spices, dried green beans, mapo tofu, and whatever else strikes our fancy (we can eat a lot -- and the spicier the better!). The problem is that my husband can't eat pork for religious reasons, and I understand the mapo tofu has pork in it. My question is, do you think they will make it for us without pork? If so, do you have any suggestions as to how I can ask them since we don't speak Chinese? Also, can you recommend any other pork-free dishes that are not to be missed?
I really appreciate any feedback you can give me. TIA!