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Lunch In Mutianyu, A Village At The Foot Of The Great Wall Of China

Posted Jan 18 2012 8:00am

When in China, one hardly can not go see a section of the Great Wall. We went a step further and did a 6 hour hike from the unrestored section of Jiankou to the fully restored and stuffed with Chinese and non-Chinese tourists section of Mutianyu . It was hot, steep and wildly gorgeous.

We left very early, and only got to lunch around 3pm because you can only enter and leave the Great Wall at certain gates, so there’s no easy way to take a break and continuing hiking later. It was absolutely worth it, and fortunately I had brought a snack papaya. My wife caught me in the act:

When we finally left the Mutianyu section and took the toboggan slide (yes, it was as awesome as it sounds!) down into the village of Mutianyu at the foot of the Wall, we were starving and ready for a huge lunch. We ate at a simple restaurant and were served wonderful dishes.

This was mapo doufu, with plenty of Sichuan peppers, and one of the most familiar dishes from restaurants back home we had while in China.

This was an absolutely gorgeous dish of chicken with chestnuts and green bell peppers in a light brown sauce – a tad spicy, perfectly complementing the creamy, sweet chestnuts. To die for!

And the crown jewel of the meal, a soup that still makes me weep with longing: ye shan jun, sour mushroom soup. There were 6 different kinds of gorgeous mushrooms in there, and the soup had a very healthy kick of rice vinegar. It was wonderful, despite the heat. I finished it to the last spoonful.

Have you had an idyllic meal somewhere that you still dream of having again? What sight would you love to visit once in your life?

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