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China serves Trump a very Americanized Chinese meal at its official state dinner

23:56 EST 9 Nov 2017 | Yahoo News

China serves Trump a very Americanized Chinese meal at its official state dinnerFor 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. SEE ALSO: 6-year-old Arabella is still Trump's greatest diplomat in China Thanks to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun who was present, and posted the menu on Weibo, we know what they ate. Image: lei jun/weiboThe Menu Starter:  Hors d’Oeuvres Main: Coconut Flavored Chicken Soup Seafood Chowder Kung Pao Chicken Stewed Beef Steak in Tomato Sauce Braised Vegetables in Premium Broth Grouper Fillets in Hot Chili Oil Dessert: Pastries Fruits & Ice Cream Coffee/Tea Drink: Red Wine Great Wall 2009, Hebei China White Wine Great Wall 2011, Hebei China The official inviteImage: lei jun/weiboThe 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. 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. Donald and Melania Trump arrive for the state dinner.Image: AFP/Getty Images Dinner was a glitzy affair.Image: AFP/Getty Images WATCH: Would you cook your steak in a water tank?


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