Location: Near the Mutianyu Great Wall, Huairou District (近郊怀柔区慕田峪长城环岛南). Tel: 010-61621322, 61621922
Date: July 30, 2018
Rating: Just ok — near the Great Wall
Our guide, Dana, took us here on the way to the Mutianyu Great Wall.
She described it as “fancy.”
Not the words I would use, particularly with regard to the 2 star bathroom and the in-corner AC.
Dana, unusually, is actually a vegetarian Chinese. Now this was convenient because my wife, who is also a vegetarian and determined to avoid the “sneaky meat” (which you will hear about many times in these reports) but for me, Dana’s passive aggressive tendency to order up too many vegetables and ignore the meats was a mild bummer. As a Mandarin speaker, she had the upper hand too (in ordering).
Anyway, string beans. Better with pork, but we had to live with the essentially soy prep. Not too bad actually.
Mixed peppers. I’m not used to seeing these type of peppers in China.
Eggplant. A bit mushy, but nice sauce.
Kung Pao Chicken. A bit of a white boy Beijing version. No bones, minor heat, and only a touch of the sour quality it should have. Not bad though.
Grilled trout with sweet and sour sauce.Nicely cooked and pretty tasty.
Sadly, my son is very picky. He went for mein. Yeah, plane noodles. These are actually kinda hard to order. The Chinese don’t want to bring something so plane.
They had to include some tomato and egg sauce (on the side).
Scallion pancake. Heavy, but fine.
Mean pie. Very salty and (temperature hot). Could have used more savory pork flavor.
Xiao Long Pu was fine for lunch but it’s nothing special. I’ve had much better Chinese food in the SGV. Flavors were a bit monotone.