“Red’s” Best Customers

We’ve officially been living in Hainan for one month now, so why not celebrate with my first Chinese food post!

Our first month has felt more like an extension of our vacation than it has starting a new job. In quick summary, our new lives consist of hanging out with the cutest babies, and getting paid for it, going to our new swimming pool and going out with our new friends, enjoying the warm summer sun, not to mention the bronze tans that come with it, and eating so much surprisingly delicious food!!! All at half the price of what we were used to paying in Korea. And the kicker…drumroll please…a bottle of wine is 20 quay ( ~ 3 USD). Game over.

Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken

Today I found out that Hainan Island is nicknamed Coconut Island (thanks Wikipedia), but we’ll save the details on the coconuts here for another day, stay posted! And while we are considered Hainan Island, where we live is actually another separate island called Haidian Island.

Haidian has everything we need: our home, school, the fresh fruit and veggie market, our favorite convenience store, and Red, just to name a few.

Red was the first place that our coworkers took Connor and I to eat once we arrived on the island, and we were, and still are, extremely grateful for that!

Yu-Shiang Shredded Pork
Yu-Shiang Shredded Pork

Red is a quick service restaurant, with family style ordering, just a minutes scooter ride away from our apartment, and it has become one of our favorite places to eat!

Our coworkers have named it “Red” simply because of the red colored sign on the front of the building. In fact, we have no idea what the actual Chinese name is, but that’s okay, because what we lack in knowledge of the name, we make up for in excessive food consumption.

Baked Scallion Pancake
Baked Scallion Pancake

Now on to our typical dinner order. Red has a variety of stir-fry type dishes, so our two go to choices are the Kung Pao Chicken and the Yu-Shiang Shredded Pork. Both are absolutely delectable, with the perfect blend of meat, veggies, seasonings, and sauce. But we always need a little carb, or two, to soak up our yummy stir-fries. In Red’s case, we can satisfy that craving in the form of mĭfàn, a little bowl of white rice, and the wonderful Baked Scallion Pancake. This is less of a pancake and more of a delicious oniony fried bread tortilla combo, and it’s the perfect tool for scooping up the yummy sauces from our stir-fries.

Red has become Connor and I’s first choice of dinner, not only because of how quick and convenient it is, but also, because we walk out so completely content every time.


One month in, and I’m already beyond happy about our decision to move to this little island in the Southeast of China. I can’t wait to see what else we have in store! And don’t worry, I’ll keep a regular update of what delicious foods we find next!

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