Last of the Beijing Series: Canteen Diary 20110120/20110121/20110124


Teriyaki Chicken special that taste like oyster sauce chicken, some cauliflower + carrots and mutant chicken chunks, ice tea and a mandarin orange.

Overall satisfaction: 5/10

Mao-style braised pork belly (毛式红烧肉, side of greens and tofu.

Overall Satisfaction: 5/10
Gongbao chicken without the spice but lots of peanuts for texture, side of greens and kaofu (super porous tofu like a sponge)

Overall satisfaction: 4/10

Truth be told, I’m not really going to miss our canteen lunches when I leave Beijing. The blog has been neglected as I have been falling asleep on the floor with the dog and cat while trying to pack, read and do internety things simultaneously while snacking on gouda and emmentale. I’m throwing out so much stuff to get rid of baggage in every sense of the word. And then I find myself crying and getting all emotional because my suppressed emotions and demons are all coming out with such huge intensity. It doesn’t help work hours are long and I am packing in the wee hours with a cloudy exhausted head.

I’m a total grumpus maximus.


  1. Shirley@kokken69
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 00:13:05

    I don’t know about the set lunches in china… When I was in Guangzhou, I remember thinking to myself that our chap chai bng store here would be a runaway success there!


  2. Baobabs
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 21:43:12

    Not sure about Chinese set lunches either but western lunch sets are hugely popular with the Expat crowd. What is a chap chai bng store?


  3. shelley
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 22:51:06

    Wait, wait, you’re leaving Beijing? When? It’s sad that you’re leaving, but it’s great if you’re moving on to something/somewhere better!


  4. Baobabs
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 00:04:04

    @shelley transferring to the mothership in HK and I think I’ve done my time here and ready to go back to the real world!


  5. olive
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 00:10:04

    how can you not know what chap chai bng store is!
    economical rice lah!
    singaporean fail.


  6. baobabs
    Jan 31, 2011 @ 09:58:25

    omg! for the life of me, I kept wondering what was bng and it didn’t occur to me it was rice!!!! i know it as 菜贩 or choi fan, okay singaporean fail.


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