Eating My Way Through China No. 11 // “The Good Place”
One of our favorite places to go for lunch in Caochangdi is a place that we refer to affectionately as “The Good Place.” Being that characters still seem foreign to us weeks after arrival, we recognize the restaurant by the “Shaxian delicacies” banner and the apple shaped sign on the door that notes they are open.
Since the menu lacked photos or English, we first had to resort to ordering however we could manage. This included walking around to other tables and pointing at things that looked good, a strategy that has served useful several times this summer. Most of the time at the good place we use the ever useful [and free!] “KT-Dict Chinese-English” App on our iPhones, punching in steamed dumplings to show the characters for “jiao zi” and the characters for chicken or eggplant.
Steamed Pork Dumplings
The first meal was love at first taste. The dumplings were both visually beautiful and delicious. The bamboo bowls of rice and chicken or rice and eggplant were also ever delicious. It was also a hard bargain to ever turn down as the bill usually equaled about 12-15 rmb [$2usd] per person, including beer.
Bamboo Bowl with Chicken/Peppers/Green Onions and Rice