When one is traveling abroad it is imperative to take the opportunity to indulge the palette in adventurous cuisine. Which is why it feels that the menu prepared for President Donald Trump while stopping in China to converse with President Xi Jinping at Beijing's Great Hall of the People seems, well, unoriginal.
On any given day the President and his people can order a standard pork fried rice and egg roll in D.C. You'd think while abroad host cities would liven the experience with authentic cuisine, not an American retread.
Thanks to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun who was present we know what they ate.
Here is a more clear breakdown.
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 unadventurous but safe. Kung Pao chicken, a stir-fry chicken dish, is technically Chinese.
The South China Morning Post noted that chefs designing a menu for an official dinner like this one would take into account a guest's "tastes, age and state of health."
Which makes more sense. It's been said that the Chinese food in America is a bastardized version of authentic Asian cuisine. Perhaps the chef's were being accommodating.
The President is a man who prefers his steak well done with ketchup.
To each their own.