when im in boston, i dream about all kinds food in beijing day and night, but when im actually in beijing, i dont eat much other than bbq and hot pot. i prefer my food grilled, steamed, boiled, jus not so much stir fried. the food i eat most often when im in beijing is lamb skewers or bbq.
the ‘al fresco’ dining scene is huge in beijing on summer nights. no, its not what you just pictured: a romantic dinner with candle lights on a patio outside a fancy restaurants.
when you are in china, dont trust anything you eat especially meat. the meat you get will very unlikely to be what they advertised. if they say its lamb, its probably cat, mice, dog, beef or some other animal. but dont you worry, they will still be delicious and taste like lamb with all that brushed on lamb fat and marinate.
my dad recently moved to an area that surrounded by a huge muslim community. as we know, muslims are super strict about what they eat and how their food prepared. there are a lot of muslim restaurants in the area and they would be the last restaurants that serve fake meat. so if you are looking for real lamb skewers, you ll have better chances getting real lamb near muslim community or restaurants.
with couple of good friends talking about our dreams and life and death while savoring these heavenly seasoned and beautifully grilled and charred meat on sticks and wash down with some ice cold beer. my life is so complete.