As­tro­naut: There is plenty of food in space

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By JING HAIPENG aboard Tiangong II

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.

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