Posts By: Xin Xu

Xin Xu

Xin Xu hails from Edmonton, Alberta. But before settling in, she lived in Shanghai for the first 7 years of her life. That’s where she grew up and got her taste of the vibrant food culture. Since moving to Edmonton, she has fallen in love with international cuisine. If there’s a new restaurant in town, she would be the first to line up outside the door. At home, you can find her experimenting with recipes around the world. She hopes to share these experiences with all who care to listen.

In her spare time, Xin cares for 6 rescue budgies. Many of which she found stranded in parks or her backyard. On weekends, she drives out to Banff or Jasper where she can be found hiking new trails. She’s thankful Athabasca University has allowed her to work full-time as a researcher while taking courses that interest her such as abnormal psychology.

The Not-So Starving Student—Four Types of Bubble Tea

One drink that has taken the world by storm is the iconic bubble tea.  Often the first thing that comes to mind is a clear cup filled with milk tea with tapioca “bubbles” at the bottom of the cup.  The tapioca and other toppings added give bubble tea a certain flare quite unlike any other… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Visiting the Green Tea Village

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit one of the most exotic locations in the province of Hangzhou: green tea village.  Situated on the outskirts of the West Lake, the village spans as far as the eyes can see, and this has been both a therapeutic and culturally meaningful trip for me.  For… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Four Things I Learned

On my recent trip to Shanghai, I had the opportunity to partake in a traditional Chinese Medicine tea sampling experience that included sampling teas that catered to various bodily needs.  Unlike other tea sampling events, this one was also culturally enriching, as I learned about various tea mixtures, their histories, and the underlying principles of… Read more »

The Not-So-Starving Student—Visiting the Cup Ramen Museum

I recall my obsession with cup ramen at a young age. It was a miraculous invention, being able to open a plastic cup with what appears to be plastic noodles and, with some boiling water, transform the contents into miraculous ramen. If you’re a busy student, instant ramen saves countless hours of meal prep and… Read more »

Six Japanese Street Foods to Try

For AU foodies looking for a trip filled with unusual, ethnic street foods, making a trip to Japan should be at the top of the list.  Summer brings out some of the best street food in Japan.  In my most recent trip to Japan, I explored the areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto to sample… Read more »

The Not-So Starving Student—Gourmet Canned Soup Recipes

For AU students craving homemade Italian meals with minimal effort required, look no further.  One easy way of preparing Italian meals is with canned soup assortments.  While the idea may warrant some raised eyebrows, I can vouch that not only does this cut the amount of effort, but also guarantees some quality meals you can… Read more »