Food inside Tibet Trains
A general cookhouse next to the first class soft-berth sleeper is equipped on each Tibet train and offers passengers 3 meals a day. Besides, a dining room adheres to the cookhouse provides tables and seats for those who would like to appreciate the spectacular scenery outside the train window while enjoying their food. In non-meal service time, you are kindly required at least to buy a beer or a cup of tea to seat there, otherwise, you will be driven back to your compartment. Food on the train is double time expensive than those in common cities, but the quality is not as good as its price.
Daily foods inside Trains
For breakfast food inside Tibet Trains, passengers will be served with pickles, eggs, bread, and milk, which is just 10CNY/serving, but with balanced nutrients. Those who are in favor of noodles could choose from Snow Vegetable Noodle, Beef Noodle, Steak Noodle and so on. Tibetan style dishes are the most popular with passengers. Among all 45 train meals, there are 55 cold dishes, 8 Tibetan dishes, 32 ordinary dishes and 8 soup dishes. Reporters say that they witnessed Stewed yak with Crassulaceae at 25CNY/serving, Turnip & carrot yak at 28CNY/serving and Ginseng salad at 18CNY/serving.
Food cart and trolley
Besides, there is food carried by a handling cart to each train car. All the food on the cart is Chinese style such as fried pork and vegetables usually sold at 20RMB/serving.
As the dining car is busy at meals time, the Train attendants always push the meal cart going through the train, a lunch or supper package includes three dishes in Chinese style will cost you about 20 CNY. Food inside Tibet Trains is generally Chinese Style and bit high price.
What Local people eat inside Trains
Most Chinese passengers, however, prefer to bring their own food and eat in their carriages. If you travel a lot in China, you must notice that most Chinese passengers take an extra plastic bag full of food. What’s inside their bags? There are instant noodle cups, fruits, bottled water (or just a bottle), and snacks mentioned above. To Chinese travelers, the meal on board is expensive and unpalatable. It is not surprising that the prices for drinks, snacks, and fruits on board are twice or three times higher than usual. Boiled water is readily available for free in each carriage, so instant noodle cups are popular with most Chinese rail travelers, although it is said to be an unhealthy fast food. However, when everyone around you is eating their noodles filling the whole carriage with the same aroma, a cup of noodles is probably the best choice to satisfy your appetite. Sunflower seeds and peanuts are their favorites with the locals to kill time.
Suggestions for Foreign Passengers
1. Only take bottled water or simply a bottle (you can get free boiled water in the carriages) if you take a short-distance trip. If you happen to travel at meal time, take some snacks and have a good meal after arriving at your destination.
2. If you are planning to have a meal in the dining car, try to go there as early as possible, because it will be very crowded at meal time.
3. Instant rice and noodles are easy and recommended as train food if you decide to bring your own.
4. Sandwiches, bread, milk, eggs, and fruits are good choices for those who are not used to Chinese dishes. Many railway stations have fast food chain restaurants, such as KFC, McDonald, and Subway, so you can buy items there before boarding. Fresh fruits are popular as they provide both energy and water. Railway attendants pushing the trolley through carriages also sell packed fresh fruits.
5. Don’t eat too much and try to avoid the food that is hard to digest, especially during a long trip. You won’t move a lot, so your digestive system is inclined to work more slowly than usual. Take hand sanitizer with you and remember to wash your hands before eating.
6. Bring a bottle that can take hot water. Some foreigners may be not used to the water in China, but boiled water is better than cold bottled water during a long trip.
7. Should you be interested, you can try the local food from the platform. We list below particular items available at specific stations for your information:
|Lanzhou||Hand-pulled Noodles with Beef||Xian||Marinated Meat in Baked Bun (Rou Jia mo)|
|Tangshan||fried chestnuts||Tianjin||Goubuli Steamed Stuffed Buns|
|Fuzhou||steamed dumpling||Guilin||rice noodles|
|Xiangyang||roast fish||Shangrao||braised chicken leg|
|Dezhou||braised chicken||Kumul||Hami melon|
|Wuxi||fried spare ribs||Litang||lotus roots soup|
|Zaozhuang||vegetable with pancake||Yongzhou||Stewed Ribs with Seaweeds|
|Jiaxing||Zongzi (pyramid-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves)||Wuhan/Wuchang||braised duck neck, hot noodles with sesame paste, roast chicken, fried Wuchang fish|