With a “No Good, No Pay” policy and a crowd of people huddled around the tent, there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to taste this version of a Chinese Hamburger.
Yangshuo, China is a hugely popular tourist destination, both for Chinese people from around the country and foreigners. The clientele waiting in line were mostly Chinese, leading me to believe that they served a delicious product, or that their return policy was just too good to pass by.
I rarely eat burgers, unless of course I am assured beforehand that it will be out of this world – Burger Hut in Nairobi, Kenya as Africa’s best burger is an example of a burger I’ll go out of my way to eat.
The crew making the Chinese Hamburgers were frantically working to handle the heavy stream of afternoon burger traffic. They worked at a brisk pace, silently playing their small part in the amalgamation process.
The first thing my eyes focused on was the brown seared hunk of beef resting in a plastic tub on the counter. It looked like a pure marinated tender lump of flesh just patiently waiting its turn to be sliced up and served.
There were waves of fragrant wind bring forth the always pleasing aromas of soy sauce, sesame oil, and fresh herbs that kept my nostrils alert and ready while I stood in line.
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The exterior bread of the Chinese Hamburger was a thin cracker like pita that was cooked on the side of a clay oven.
The first ingredient that went into the pita cracker was a transparent blue-green spiced up noodle salad. It looked a little bizarre, so I was excited to see exactly how it tasted.
Next when a few scoops of the spicy marinated boneless beef. It was sitting in a liquid dressing of chili oil, soy sauce and fresh sesame seeds.
Lastly, she added a selection of cilantro, green onions, Chinese pickled green beans and a good sized dabble of chili sauce (as I ordered).
The finished product was a lot more like a bulging Mexican taco than a traditional hamburger.
It could easily be handled in a single palm and the fillings were bursting out the top.
Though the Blacksmith Beef was a bit on the greasy side, its sauce spread all over the other ingredients and coated the bread with lip licking flavor. The meat was tender and flaky and the fusion of ingredients complimented each other precisely.
The noodles had the consistency of fresh mozzarella cheese but with a pungent toasted sesame flavor.
The Verdict of the Yangshuo Chinese Hamburger
At a price of a whopping 10 CNY (only $1.56, but that’s quite pricey for China), I was a little disappointed with the small size, but the quality of the slices of beef did make up for it.
In the end I would say that it was indeed scrumptious and a platter of them would make a wonderful plate of party hors d’oeuvres.
I didn’t make any complaints and I didn’t see anyone attempting to use the “No Good, No Pay” policy.
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