Astronaut: There is plenty of food in space
Hello everyone. Today isNov 4, my 17th day onboard Tiangong II.
Many people are curious about what we eat in space and think that our food lacks variety and tastes bad. However, this is not true. This morning, we ate porridge, coconut bread, quail eggs and pickles. At lunch we had fried rice, fried noodles with meat, stewed beef with potato and seaweed and egg soup.
For dinner we ate fried noodles with beans, rice noodles with beef, and fried shrimp with egg as well as canned fruits. In addition, we had snacks, including spicy pork, fried curd.
We eat different kinds of food at different stages of flight. When just entering orbit, we eat something light, which is easier to digest. We have five different dailymenus on rotation, covering six food classes and nearly 100 dishes.
As Ihave been on two previous space missions, researchers asked my opinion when planning the menus. I think the food this time is more varied thanmy last two trips, and Chen Dong and I were able to bring our favorite food, so we don’t get bored.
Knowing Chen comes from Henan province, the staff preparedfoodfromthat region for him, including rice pudding, beans and dried bean fried rice, maize porridge, rice cakes and bread.
We also have black pepper beef, stewedpork chops, roast chicken, mixed vegetables and many other dishes. Compared with my past two missions, we have more vegetables, such as red pepper, seaweed, carrots and burdock, which provide us with more sources of dietary fiber.
The staff surprised us by preparing two canned cheesecakes for my 50th birthday celebration in space. It was really sweet, even though the cakes were only the size ofmy palm.
We have been asked about how we drink water in space and whether we have enough water for such a long trip. We use strawstoavoid water floating away weightlessly. We not only have enough water, but also different kinds of beverages. We have even made tea.
In past missions, condiments were mainly salty and spicy. However, this time, we also have sweet and sour options. Honey is stored in tubes, which is convenient for us to squeeze and put on bread. Small bags of vinegar from Shanxi, my home province, were brought into space, too. It is my first time to taste the vinegar from my home region in space. Jing Haipeng filed the diary as a special correspondent for Xinhua News Agency on Friday.