'Beijing's First Ethiopian Restaurant', like its name, brings a unique African-flavored dining choice to those living in the capital city of China.
A young Ethiopian woman dressed in traditional costume performs an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in Beijing's First Ethiopian Restaurant on October 17, 2008. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]
Located in Chaoyang District, in one of Beijing's embassy areas, the restaurant has already attracted people from different countries and regions.
Ethiopians say, 'Food tastes better when they eat it together' Therefore, food is eaten while several people sit in a group around a large serving basket, and take food from the same plate with their right-hand fingers.
Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. Served atop it are heaps of spicy vegetable and meat dishes.
Ethiopian cuisine is pork-free, said restaurant owner Danny Bekele, as most Ethiopians are Orthodox Christians, Muslims or Jews.
Performances during the meal are also special, including Ethiopian dances and coffee ceremony, which is an integral part of social and cultural life in the African nation.