My parents are coming back from a two-week expedition-style holiday in China where they have apparently been roughing it - and not just in terms of 'squat-over-a-hole' type hotels but also foodwise. From the few messages that have managed to reach me through the heavily censored internet over there I hear that they have been dining on mostly egg, savoury porridge, bull's penis and a few 'real deal' versions of the kinds of things we get in Chinese restaurants in the west. I'd like to cook them a welcome home dinner when they get back in two days, and I want it to be the kind of thing they will have been yearning for while chewing through another bowl of noodles. (Therefore not spaghetti!)
So: what kind of meal would you guys suggest as a perfect contrast to a lot of Chinese food? What would be the best thing to come home to after two weeks of hiking and bulls' penis? What's the kind of food you just long for after you've been in a really foreign place for a while? I'd love to know your ideas!