Each region has a distinctive local flavour and on Chopsticks, we introduce the best of Chinese cuisine. Now, there might be Chinese restaurants almost everywhere in the world, but I couldn't think of a better place or time to show the charm of Chinese food than at the Beijing Olympics.
That's true. In that sense, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Guo Jingjing weren't the only superstars at the Beijing Olympics. There was also a whole different kind of star, the Peking Duck. The crispy culinary dish won its own medal at the table in the athletes' village.
The Peking Duck is undoubtedly "Dish of the Year" for 2008. As a symbol of traditional Chinese cuisine, this dish was a favorite during the Beijing Olympics. According to official statistics, about 700 ducks were eaten at the Olympic village each day...And it was the most popular choice of athletes. The slices of duck meat and crispy skin are traditionally eaten with a sweetish plum sauce and slivers of spring onion, wrapped together in a small pancake. Peking Duck is a must for visitors to the Chinese capital.