On recent travels through five cities and villages in the Shandong province in northern China, I had the opportunity to see old family, meet new family, and finally understand where all those dishes my grandma used to make really came from.
From Qingdao to Yantai (home of the Sung clan) and covering foods ranging from steamed breads and stir-frys to boiled dishes and soup noodles, here are some of the best things I ate—all of these meals, with the exception of the first breakfast slide, were homemade with flavors that brought me back in time, in a way that's hard to comprehend pulling off back here in the States.
Check it all out in the slideshow above.
About the Author: Amy Sung is a Brooklyn-based food, travel and wellness writer and editor whose ultimate passion is writing about food culture and the amazing things that people are doing with food. Her work has appeared in Clean Plates, Every Day With Rachael Ray, New York Press, iVillage.com, and SpaFinder.com, among other publications and websites. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_sung.