This post is not about Islam in China per se but I thought I should share it with everyone since its the end of the year. One interesting thing about Chinese Food in other countries is that one can come across ‘Chinese Food’ but it does not taste like ‘Chinese Food.’ Chinese Food in America many times is a watered down version of Chinese Food and does not capture the richness and diversity of the real Chinese food. However in some place like South Asia you will come across really interesting species of Chinese food also known as Desi Chinese, Pakistani Chinese, Indian Chinese or Bengali Chinese. I had the interesting experience of having Indian Chinese yesterday in NYC, Queens to be exact, and it was unlikely anything that I had before. Speaking of Chinese food, there is also something called the Chinese Muslim food. Especially in large cities like Beijing one of the most popular “fast foods” is called Muslim noodles. Neither I or anyone that I know has not come across Chinese Muslim Cuisine outside of the mainland or Malaysia. Now back to NYC, there was a lecture on Islam in China by James Frankel at the China Institute a little over a week ago. I wasn’t in NYC back then but I heard that it was good.