For China’s official state dinner hosting U.S. President Donald Trump, the Asian superpower decided on a Chinese menu that looks…kind of American.
The Thursday evening affair, hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, was a glitzy event, attended by the country’s business leaders.
Thanks to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun who was present, and posted the menu on Weibo, we know what they ate.
Coconut Flavored Chicken Soup
Kung Pao Chicken
Stewed Beef Steak in Tomato Sauce
Braised Vegetables in Premium Broth
Grouper Fillets in Hot Chili Oil
Fruits & Ice Cream
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The items are, by Chinese standards, unadventurous to say the least. Kung Pao chicken, a stir-fry chicken dish, is technically Chinese — but if last night’s version didn’t come with spicy Sichuan peppers, it’s more likely the Panda Express version, and not traditional.
Stewed beef steak in tomato sauce is the biggest offender.
But perhaps stewed beef steak in tomato sauce is the biggest offender. For Trump, who’s been known to like his steaks well-done with ketchup, it probably suited him quite well.
Citing a Chinese People’s Daily report, the South China Morning Post noted that chefs designing a menu for an official dinner like this one would have taken into account a guest’s “tastes, age and state of health.”
Perhaps that’s why for lunch with the U.S. leader earlier this week, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe served up a well-done hamburger at a golf club. Just the way he likes it.