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Tibetan Restaurant

Hohhot has been good to me the last two days. (last week, not so much!) I’ve had good experiences at new places and hope you’ll enjoy these places too!

 I’ll break them in to separate posts so they’re easier to search.

The subject of today’s post:

Zhuo Ma Tibetan Restaurant

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成吉思汗大街阳光诺卡商业街西侧107号

 

I’ve passed this restaurant multiple times when I’m in the vacinity but never had an opportunity to try it until Friday. I think part of my hesitation about not going before was also not wanting to be disappointed. My very first trip to China was spent in Tibetan areas and I’ve always had a soft spot for them. Years ago there was another Tibetan restaurant near the square but it was disappointing not only in service, availability of menu items, but also in that it was owned and staffed by Mongolians. I like Mongolians too, but one would hope Tibetans would run a better Tibetan restaurant than Mongolians. 

Anyway, the place above was fantastic. It’s decor makes you feel like you’ve left Hohhot for Amdo lands. The staff, cooks, owners are Amdo Tibetan, and the food was delicious. 

We ordered three dishes. All were so good. 

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The left is some kind of bing 饼 with sweet cream/cheese like filling. The middle dish is called “Nepal Tofu” and the sauce was sort of like an Indian curry sauce. The dish on the right…..that, my friends, is a very close substitute for a chile relleno. It’s green chile peppers stuffed with seasoned yak meat and smothered in a tasty sauce. Pretend it’s enchilada sauce and your taste buds can be back in the southwest United States 🙂

They also have more traditional, standard Tibetan cuisine like tsampa and milk tea but we wanted to try some of the more unique dishes. 

I didn’t get pictures of the menu or the place itself, but below is the business card so you can stop in yourself.

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The address is on the business card and written in Chinese above. It’s north of gong da, south of Genghis Khan Road, and east of Zhe Li Mu Road. 

Anda Union getting good press

If you haven’t heard of Anda Union, you should check them out! They are arguably the most internationally famous performers to come out of Inner Mongolia. 

This week they made international news again, being included in this list by the Huffington Post of the best albums of 2016 that the Grammy Awards missed. 

If you want to hear them, both links above have video! 

I haven’t heard this particular album yet, but I’m glad they’re getting some recognition. What do you think? Have you heard the album? Is it Grammy-worthy?

Leave us a comment!

iMoment Coffee Shop

If you still haven’t found your perfect hang out, we’re happy to introduce iMoment Coffee Shop. Connect with them on wechat using this QRcode.

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For the coffee lover, finding a nice coffee shop must be the first thing you do in Hohhot! By recommendation we found iMoment Cafe, a mysterious cafe hiding in an office building.

Why is it called iMoment Cafe?

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First, the English letter “i” shares the similar pronunciation with the word “love” in Chinese. You can tell the founder (a Taiwanese girl who speaks great English) loves coffee, wants everyone to enjoy their moment here in iMoment.

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Second, iMoment Cafe is a reminder that people need to drink the premium specialty coffee. It’s not just a regular commodity, they treat every cup of coffee seriously. I am sure iMoment Cafe has high standard in its coffee. They use LOVERAMICS’s cups for the coffee, created using state of the art equipment by Lamarzocco and Victoria Arduino’s Mythos.

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They also offer a selection of classic desserts to go with your morning coffee.

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The other part of menu was equally impressive, king size panini with fresh garden vegetables, cuttlefish ink and other healthy ingredients on the dishes. Apart from the coffee, the food is definitely worthy trying.

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They claim they are the furthest shop on Hohhot’s map of specialty coffee, but it’s definitely worth finding. From the warmth of the Taiwanese baristas to the food and drinks, it’s a spot to go! (and actually it’s not far at all )

Address:
內蒙古呼和浩特市賽罕區騰飛路51號金隅時代城(金隅朗峰)15號樓C座4樓
4th Floor,No.15 Jinyushidaicheng,Chilechuan Avenue

 

photos by Hilary Lee photography, used with permission

Express VPN

I try not to link to pages that require a VPN to load, but since this one is about VPNs, I’m breaking from my trend.

Below is a video from Express VPN called “5 Best ways to use VPN”. The majority of people use a VPN purely for unblocking Netflix and other streaming websites, so they don’t know about all the other cool bits and bobs you can use a VPN for!

Watch the video below, and if you like it, Express VPN

Use this link and we’ll both get 30 days free!

 

Locally Roasted Coffee!

If you love making a great cup of coffee at home, Harvest Coffee is selling high quality imported coffee beans, roasted and packaged right here in Hohhot! Below are the types available for September and October! The owner speaks great English so don’t worry about a communication barrier.

Harvest Coffee Roasters also teach training classes to locals about how to make a good cup of coffee at home and sell equipment and implements.

 

You can order by phone or wechat (QR on image below).

 

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Harvest Coffee, Hohhot

 

Sorry, I know the image isn’t super clear, if you need the pdf, add my wechat and I’ll send it to you:  hohhotjill

 

Inner Mongolia Museum

We have guests visiting us for a couple weeks (hence the lack of posts). We took them to visit the museum yesterday which made me realize I hadn’t dedicated a post to it before.

 

The museum used to be located in the building with the white horse on top in the center of the city.

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In 2007 or 2008 it opened in its current location. (map below) It’s across the street from Wanda 万达.

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It is closed on Mondays. Tickets are free but you have to stop at the ticket window on the south side of the building before entering through the main doors. And as of yesterday, they had a notice posted that foreign visitors have to present their ID to enter.

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The museum is truly well done, although the English signage is not always great.
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The third floor has three main rooms: one for the ancient peoples who pre-date Mongolians, one for Mongolians, and one for the other minorities in Inner Mongolia.
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Mongolian wrestling outfit

The second floor has exhibits about China’s space program. On both the second and third floors on the north end is the dinosaur and other fossil display. The dinosaurs move and roar and have a light show (kids will love it) but only the official tour guides can turn it on, so get in line behind a tour group if you’d like to see it.

Speaking of kids, there’s a cool room on the south end of the third floor with hands on activities for the kids. Pictures of the kids room are below.

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You can learn about more about the museum by following the wechat account nmgbwysjb.

Have you been to the museum? What do you like best? Leave us a comment.

 

Use ChinesePod to learn Chinese

We’ve written about some of our favorite ways to learn Chinese, but ChinesePod is now offering a special just for us, Hohhotians! (Is that what we decided to go with? or is Hohhotites better?)

 

Use the link below with the promo code “HOHHOTPOD” and receive $50 off an Annual Premium subscription!!!

 

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They have hundreds of lessons for free, too, but with just some pocket change you can have access to thousands of lessons you can listen to at your convenience!

Have you used ChinesePod? Tell us about your experience in the comments

Things I’ve Never Said while living in Hohhot

I try to keep a positive outlook on life here, and I hope you’ll see this post falling in line with that. Sometimes though, you just need a little humor to make it through. I’ve been here off and on for 13 1/2 years, and here’s the list Handsome Husband and I came up with of things we have NEVER said:

  1. I wish there were less sauce on this pizza.
  2. (at any hospital in the city) Oh great, look! There’s hand soap in the bathroom.

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    Something is missing in this hand washing station, yes?

  3. I wish the heating was warmer on the upper floors of City Mall (mo er cheng). [I mean, seriously, how does it get so much hotter with each higher floor!]
  4. I love it when someone smokes in the elevator!
  5. I’m so glad [insert any government process] was so easy!
  6. I wish more strangers would touch, pick up, or photograph my children.

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    on a trip to Kangbashi

  7. Yes, I would love to buy that product because you broadcasted its features in a megaphone as I walked by in the supermarket
  8. Just what I was craving…shrimp flavored potato chips. (or durian, or other flavors we find odd)
  9. In the same vein as the one above, “I’m so glad this is bean paste filling and not chocolate, taro and not blueberry!” [But at least now I’m not surprised by it]
  10. I’m so glad there are so many housing development flyers stuffed into my bike basket. (Although I have said, “Wow, that old lady has seriously good aim to get all those people whizzing by her.”)
  11. It’s so convenient that this giant building with 12 doors has exactly one that is unlocked.
  12. Sure, Mr. Airport Taxi Driver. I’ll pay you 100 RMB to take me into the city.
  13. I wish I could find an apartment to rent that had more strobe or multi colored lights.
  14. This hotel’s carpeted flooring is so clean.
  15. This is the softest mattress I’ve ever slept on!

 

Leave us a comment with the phrases we’ve left out. Two notable exclusions: the cold weather and the traffic. Reasons for exclusions: it’s not always cold. Summer is coming. And the traffic hasn’t always been this bad, so in my early days I never complained about it.

last week of skiing!

Da Qing Shan Tai Wei Ski Slopes will close on March 7th, so hurry out if you haven’t been yet! More information on the link about how to get there.

I know some families going out tomorrow to take the kids ski tubing one last time.

The good news is, if the ski slopes are closing, it means the golf course will be opening soon!

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太伟滑雪场本年度雪季结束,将于2016年3月7日全面封场。

What about you? Will you make it out again? Did you make it out at all?

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