During my most recent trip to China, I decided to branch out a little, culinarily speaking. After all, when I’m at home, I tend to rotate through a whole bunch of different ethnic cuisines. Given the explosion of dining options in Beijing, I thought it would be interesting to do a bit of the same.
In one ten day period, I managed to sample Iranian, Thai, Vietnamese, Asian-Fusion, Mexican, Scandinavian, Tex-Mex and two French-style bakeries. Of course, there was plenty of Chinese food too, including Beijing specialties (duck, of course), amazing dumplings, and delicious ethnic cuisine from the southern province of Guizhou.
Of the non-Chinese food, some of it was good, some of it was mediocre. And some of it was a bit disappointing.
For some reason, I was most excited to test out Mexican. Mexican Wave has been in business for at least a decade, and probably more.
It looks the part, and has more than a few enthusiastic supporters. It was also only a few blocks from my hotel, which made it an easy pick for lunch.
And I will admit that my sandwich was perfectly fine, and quite enormous. But the salsa was mild! That’s right- in a nation where the use of chili peppers in cuisine is an art form, the salsa came across as bland. Lesson learned. The next time I’m in Beijing and need a spicy fix, I should stick to Sichuan restaurants.