What Do Chinese Soldiers Eat On The Battlefield?

From Mop:

06 soldier rations is divided into 06 soldier instant meals (12 item menu) and 06 soldier self-heating meal (3 item menu). Although it cannot compare to the 22 item menu of the American military’s MRE, it is still considered a big improvement for the country.


#1 menu! Packaging is not large.


The other side of the packaging. The labeling includes included food and calorie and nutritional composition, a total of 1049 kikocalories.


When you open it, all have some “xia mi wan gao”! The #1 meal includes compressed food, energy bar, egg rolls with pork, pickled mustard tuber, and instant solid beverage.


Fondly remembered compressed biscuit!


List of nutritional ingredients. This has 554 kilocalories, equivalent to an average lunch’s kilocalories.


Open and see, there are two pieces!


The outside of the biscuits have plastic wrap, so remember to tear off before eating!


When you bite it, it is very brittle and dry, and it is very powdery in your mouth. Compared to the previous compressed biscuit, the flavor is a little better, and also not sweet and greasy. The instructions say this can also be mixed with water to become porridge, but I have not yet tried.


Given the weight, not wanting to absorb too much of the compressed biscuit’s calories, I put it aside to begin examining the energy bar.  Why is it called an energy bay? It is not even the same of a bar, so calling it an energy block would be better. Energy block…our country’s troops are all Transformers!!


The energy bar’s packaging reverse side, also printed with instructions and nutritional composition, calorie content. 303 kilocalories.


Let us open and see. Just a blocky block  of red bean moon cake!!!


Upon taking a bite, the taste is average, about the same as the individually wrapped moon cakes in supermarkets/convenience stores, but a bit harder, and personally a little too sweet. After eating, my energy was indeed full, and without eating lunch until 2pm in the afternoon I did not feel hungry!


Let us take a look at the egg roll with pork, whose name sounds very attractive. However, after the experience of the previous two,  this time I did not have any expectation of savoring something delicious. This time the nutritional composition and calorie content were all direcly printed on the front. 115 kilocalories of energy.


The back has nothing printed on it, just a serial number.


Out comes the egg roll with pork, a whiff of packaging flavor. On the surface are some chilis. I like to eat hot/spicy things!  The yellow-colored wrap is chicken egg, the rest is pork, but it is suspect just how much pork is inside, there is no room for jokes in the army…


I take a bite to taste…it is just flattened ham sausage, so it would be more suitable to be called Ah Bian [former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian] brand ham sausage! It would be even better if it had more spiciness and flavor! As for the chicken egg…just pretend it is chicken egg!


After finishing the egg roll with pork, let us look at the refreshing pickled mustard tuber! Mustard tuber does not have much calories, so this time they decided not to print any nutritional composition and calorie content information. I suppose this is just for you to taste.


The light and crispy flavor is okay,  but the taste is not as good as pickled vegetables on airlines.


Finally, let us have some beverage! Solid instant beverage, what is this? Coffee? Orange juice?


This small bag has 57 kilocalories! Has citric acid, so it must be sweet and sour to drink and better tasting than nutrition!


The color is like tea. However it is sour, a little like sweet-sour plum juice, the flavor is not bad! That is it, time to clean up!


The #2 meal pictures:









I do not understand, the stuff the Chinese military eats, why are foreign words printed on them? Preparing for export?


The battlefield situation is complex.
Reinforcements, so-called international humanitarian organizations, and prisoners of war.
It is very normal for there to be different unexpected circumstances on the battlefield.

It is the exact same reason why the Coca-Cola and Xianchengduo [President?] sold in China’s market have foreign words printed on them.  I do not know why you do not take a look.

In the end, your question is no big deal, but your tone of voice is truly disgusting.
In fact, I have encountered people who have truly suffered social destruction, and not even they are not like you, filled with hatred.


I have seen this on Tiexue [another Chinese BBS] before. Our domestic-made rations have improved a lot in recent years. However, they are still differences with foreign countries’ rations.
Work hard and jia you!


If the volunteer army [troops that volunteer to take part in the war of another country] had eaten these back then…
There would not be a Korea today.


The meal issue is solved, but what about physiological needs?

I never understood this, or maybe we are not like other armies that have that [referring to Japanese military using comfort women].


You motherfuckers, just looking…how come our soldiers did not get these to eat during last year’s big earthquake?



All fucking nonsense, who knows where all of China’s military expenditures have gone?


What I do not understand is, if it is for our country’s soldiers, why is there English?

Is it to make it more convenient for the enemy to know how to use them when you are captured during a war?



The South China Seas have been seized, and you guys are discussing food?


Once when I went to overnight at an internet bar, I ate a lot of military compressed food. In the end, I could not shit~~~



[“What is this?”]


Why think about the problem of being captured by the enemy during war? But not consider the problem of our country’s military leaving the country to carry out humanitarian rescue missions?


The problem of providing food to the prisoners of war of American imperialism?


Not bad, having meat alone is already not bad.


Army brother, in China, you all are the most long-suffering, but also also our most beloved. Carry on this kind of long-suffering spirit,  for at any time, we must all learn to.


It does not look bad~ at least better than pot cooked mice.


The packaging looks nice, and the English translations are proper, not bad, not bad!


It feels like an imitation of the American military’s food.
Our China should make some original things.


Not bad, what the military eats is just different from what the masses eat.


I want to see America’s…other countries’ to compare.
Still a strong post-topic.


This one deserves dings, I heard of compressed biscuits/dried food when reading novels in elementary school but have never seen them before and have been extremely curious. This time I have finally seen the real thing, although it is still a pity that I have not yet eaten them before, but at least I have gotten closer!

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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