The biggest challenge for our family and a few other’s while living in China has been the food. We’ve gone from asking how will we ever be able to do this, to how can I do this? At first, China and all that it entailed was overwhelming. Now, we’ve adjusted, made adjustments, we make do, or do without. It’s a mind set, it’s simple!
As a Hispanic family the challenges of China had a bit of a different spin to it. For example; corn tortillas, flour tortillas, chorizo, pinto beans, avocados, spices, and so forth, are not products that are easy to come by if at all. We were able to find flour tortillas; but, they were pretty rubbery. Good thing I make my own flour tortillas. Whew! To our amazement and delight, we found a few bags of pinto beans and Masa Harina at a City Shop in Shanghai. Avocados can be found from time to time in a couple of shops.
We’ve been craving enchiladas, tacos using corn tortillas, & taquitos (deep fried rollups with meat). The challenge with these foods is not making it but finding corn tortillas. So, my husband being the wonderful man that he is, got his wheel turning and had a prensa corn tortilla maker made for me. Amazing! The prensa is a bit rough looking but it works! Since the dough never touches (or shouldn’t) the prensa, it’s ok, we can use it and love it.
We experimented yesterday and had great success! The girls were eating the tortillas slathered in butter as they were done cooking. As you can imagine we didn’t have tortillas left over for enchiladas; but, we did have some very happy little girls! Our next challenge is the, “Chorizo”.