Hi, I'm a student studying abroad in China for the year and I love the food here but I need some western cuisine in my life. We have a few western restaurants but they're super expensive and not very good. I'm not much of a cook but I have really got into cooking since I came here and want to make some westernized dishes for my Chinese friends to try. However, lots of western cooking materials are super hard to find here so i'm pretty limited unless I go to an import store and spend a ton of money (I made taco salad yesterday for 8 people and it cost me 70$USD).
When it comes to meat, I'm pretty much stuck with pork and chicken. I also don't trust using chicken right now because of a bird flu scare we have going on. I can get beef but it's way to expensive to buy for the average meal. A pound of beef is about 8$ compared to a pound of pork for 3$. I can get most vegetables. Spices and other cooking stuff is kind of limited. I can get salt, msg, numbing pepper, crushed red peppers, garlic, chicken flavoring thingy, black pepper, cumin, and some other random things. I can't get cheese, or pretty much any dairy products. We have milk but it's a little weird, it's boxed, unrefridgerated and tastes a little different but i doubt you'd taste a difference in food. My oil is limited to fish oil although I have some olive oil. It's super hard to find lots of stuff. I don't have an oven but there is a toaster oven.
Can anyone recommend me dishes and stuff I can make with what I have available? I'm really missing western food. I especially miss western breakfasts because chinese breakfast is super different and weird. Eggs are super easy to get but I don't know what else to make besides scrambled eggs lol.
There are a bunch of things I can't get so ask me if I have it and I can check the food market next to me.