Noodles or Peanut Butter?

Everyone needs to have take  comfort food with them when they travel. According to this story, the comfort food of choice for Chinese travelers is instant noodles.

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A recent survey showed that more than 30% make sure they have a supply of instant noodles with them when they travel:

The practice is popular among both people making 5,000 yuan ($750) a month and those making 20,000 yuan a month, according to the findings.

The habit persists in China even though president Xi Jinping in 2014 asked citizens (paywall) to eat fewer instant noodles abroad, and sample more of the local cuisine. In 2013, a Maldives in hotel reportedly stopped installing kettles in its rooms to stop Chinese tourists from cooking noodles in their rooms instead of spending money on food in the hotel.

Noodles need side dishes, naturally, so tourists are also bringing pickled vegetables, sausages, and chili sauce with them, said the survey.

When I travel, there are certain comfort food items that always make it into my suitcase:
  • Peanut butter. Like any good American, I can face anything as long as I have access to peanut butter.
  • Granola bars; preferably Quaker Oats chocolate chip and Nature Valley honey and oats. If you’ve got a granola bar, you’ve got lunch!
  • Almonds. I like all kinds of almonds, but raw almonds are the best!
What about you? What food items are essential for you when you travel?

 

Image credit: Andrew Smith, via Flickr

 

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