Coming from Texas and South Africa, Justin and I really do love BBQ in almost any form. Whether we’re sitting around a fire, grilling meat at a Korean style restaurant, or even sitting down to feast at a street-style Chinese BBQ next to the road, we enjoy many forms of BBQed meat and vegetables. In China, we see and smell BBQs on almost every second street corner, especially during the warmer months when there are people out and about wanting to enjoy a few cold beers and meat on a stick. Our friend, Jessica, lives near a street that is filled with one after another Chinese BBQ restaurant so we set off down to that area with a group of friends to see where we could enjoy some tasty food with good company. The very first restaurant that caught our eye was completely full, and that is usually a good sign that the quality of the food is top notch. The rule of thumb with any street food, in any country, is ALWAYS go to the busiest street food vendors because the locals usually know what is good, and therefore we can trust that we will enjoy what we order. We were with our Chinese friend, CJ, so ordering was no problem at all. Being as busy as this restaurant was, we had to wait for a table, and then go inside to order everything that we wanted from large display windows along the length of the restaurant. The food was then prepared and brought to us. Chinese BBQ is typically enjoyed around low tables, with customers all sitting on tiny little stools and sharing all the dishes that they order. We enjoy this style of eating, and were very impressed by the quality of the meat and dishes that we were served.
We will have to return to this place soon, however with so many places on just this one street, we should probably see what else they have to offer in the area. Here is a picture of Jessica with Elijah and I, and more of the delicious food that we tried…
Our favourites were the stir-fried peanuts with coriander, the bread pockets stuffed with meat and cheese (above), and the various types of meat, tofu and seafood on sticks. We also ordered a couple of noodle soup dishes which we all shared. A very pleasant surprise was the garden salad – It had a sweet but tangy dressing on it, and was bursting with colour. It’s not usual for us to find salads at a typical Chinese BBQ restaurant.
Although this place was slightly on the pricy side, it was still worth it and certainly the best Chinese BBQ we have yet had. Too bad all Chinese BBQs aren’t like this (and still cheap). We could certainly get used to this!!