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The diplomatic dishes China picked
to keep Donald Trump happy at
a state banquet

South China Morning Post, by Kristin Huang

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Posted By:ketchuplover, 11/10/2017 6:46:20 PM

As a man noted for his simple tastes and who does not seem receptive to new and exotic foods, Donald Trump presents a challenge for banquet organisers where the US president is the guest of honour. (Snip) The dishes on the menu included coconut-flavoured chicken soup, seafood chowder, Kung Pao chicken, stewed beef steak in tomato sauce, braised vegetables in premium broth and grouper fillets in hot chilli oil. Local delicacies that disturb Western culinary sensibilities, such as thousand-year-old eggs and bird’s nests, or like shark’s fin soup raise ethical concerns, were definitely off the menu. Lei Jun, the founder of tech

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Some of the Chinese were amazed that the President was served meals that they could cook themselves at home, rather than something exotic. He ate what I would eat....and I certainly would not eat 1000-year-old eggs!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/10/2017 6:57:34 PM     (No. 11448162)

This could have been written by one of the interns at Vanity Fair. Surely Ms. Huang knows that Peking Duck is not wildly exotic and it is quite delicious. Fairly simple delicious taste after a long multi-step cooking procedure. Roast duck.

The only thing that could have been really offputting would have been the presentation of a whole fish - head and all - and the offering to an honored guest of its eye. It was offered to me at a luxurious dinner in Hong Kong years ago, and I had to turn it down. Fortunately I was not a head of state.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/10/2017 8:35:11 PM     (No. 11448246)

Exactly, #1, and remember this President is comfortable and quite familiar with sophisticated Chinese cuisine. The media continues to present Trump as some inexperienced rube. It goes without saying that the Trump’s gracious Chinese hosts made every effort to make sure all was pleasing for his particular tastes.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jennie C., 11/10/2017 8:58:40 PM     (No. 11448265)

Making things they thought he would enjoy is the most basic courtesy. I wouldn´t make shellfish for my daughter-in-law, because I know she doesn´t like it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: meidei, 11/10/2017 9:53:05 PM     (No. 11448298)

Some very good restaurants in NYC´s china town district (possibly POTUS has a favorite) that serve non-Americanized fare, i.e., Peking Duck and Sharks fin soup among others. While a whole fish head to tail doesn´t bother me, thousand-year-old eggs aren´t something to serve the uninitiated. It was the former president who was part of the arugula crowd aka "I like bitter greens". Someone´s nose might be out of shape since DJT was served a 6 course meal vs. 4 for the former.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/10/2017 10:09:34 PM     (No. 11448312)

Re #4, it wasn’t the whole fish. It was the idea that the honored guest is given the eye and expected to eat it. A custom in China.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/11/2017 8:42:40 AM     (No. 11448600)

When we were stationed at an American embassy overseas our defense attaché was invited to a dinner by the Chinese ambassador where he was served dried jellyfish. Being a tough old school Army colonel, he ate it. I’m glad that our president didn’t have to deal with something like that.

My only other comment is - who would ruin lovely sweet grouper by dousing it in chili oil?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 11/11/2017 12:49:38 PM     (No. 11448880)

Slamming Trump is the first course....stopped there.

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