My last post mentioned some apprehensiveness about the roast duck experience i had been promised, because one of the famous dishes had the duck skin as it’s “best” feature.
I must say, the roast duck, skin included, has by far been the tastiest thing i have had so far this week. I can easily see why it is famous. This picture is of course, awful, but trust me, those ducks are tasty.
This dinner was a special group dinner with everyone on the team here, and the restaurant is one of those special occasion restaurants, and only one person on the team had been there before. Everyone enjoyed the food. We got like a dozen different things, and i was warned away from two dishes, the duck livers and the duck hearts, because westerners’ digestion typically does not do well with those dishes. Everything else was wonderful, however. If you come to Beijing, you have to try this.
A few more cultural differences when it comes to food. I’m noticing that the waiter or waitress will usually only bring one menu to a table, even when we have six people in our party. That seems to make it a bit difficult when you’re ordering for many people. I’m also noticing that Chinese people tend to eat a lot slower than we do, taking one bite at a time and then putting the chopsticks all the way down. There’s a lesson there – slow down and enjoy the experience a bit more! We don’t need to rush through everything.