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Train Food: A Little Less Than Fancy


Remember when I took the Trans-Mongolian train from China to Russia? Remember when I discussed why we worked with Real Russia to get those train tickets, and also the electricity situation while on-board?

Of course you do!

I thought it might be fun to go further down this road and show the exciting world of train food.


food car







peanut butter and Pat







Things learned:

  • Peanut butter is a super food. Travels well, packed with protein, and is versatile.
  • Noodle cups, instant oats and instant mash get old quick… but they work since you have access to hot water the entire trip.
  • You can buy PBR on the train from Beijing to Ulaan Bator!
  • I had one of the best schnitzels of my life on a Russian train.

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6 Responses to Train Food: A Little Less Than Fancy

  1. Ken September 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    No matter what the food was like, Brooke, thanks for a view of the dining car. Was it as nice as it appears in the pictures? Hand carved?

    • Brooke September 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      I should have clarified, that was only the Mongolian version of the dining car. The rest of them looked more like the first picture – plain and a little retro. One train we were on had a downright scary dining car. I opted to NOT take photos of those since I was scared! haha

      You can ride the first train ALL the way to Moscow without getting off like we did, so I imagine the dining car on that train to be marginally nice since it is the main tourist train.

      • ken September 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

        What a shame! The Mongolian version is very cool!! Did you stop or pass through Krasnoyarsk? We have friends who live there and are hoping to visit them in 2014. A train trip to do that would be tons of fun, I think.

  2. bethany October 12, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Brooke those pics are fantastic! The Mongolian car is super cool as well but the food, well honestly I’m shocked – it looks great! I am super impressed with Russian train food right now – wow – it looks a lot better than anything I’ve had on any other trains!

  3. Kristin of Be My Travel Muse May 4, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    There’s peanut buttery, banana goodness on the train? Sold


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