Here is a pizza joint in Beijing that we did not sample. It did not look promising, however.
At the airport in Beijing, I bought a "pizza" to take on board the flight to Xi'an. It was round dough, with cheese and a tiny amount of tomato sauce. It had toppings of ham, bell pepper, and onion. To the credit of the airport food vendor, they did heat it in an oven, not a microwave. It was not gonna be too good under any circumstance; the dough was a soft white bread and the peppers and onion were uncooked. It suffered a bit more insult when they encased it in a plastic box to sweat for the 30 minutes before I got to eat it.
As noted, the crust was soft and bland. It was a cheese bomb, mostly, but it had some flavor from the toppings. It mostly reminded me of the fare you'd get on turnpikes before privatization. Actually, it was about Sbarro level. Astonishingly, it would not be the worst pizza in West Chester. I give the crust a 2, the toppings a 4, the sauce a 0 (for its absence), and the cheese a 4. Overall, 2.5.
|The soft underbelly of Beijing Airport pizza|
Out next pizza was two cities later, in Shanghai. But first I need to mention some of the goodies we had in Xi'an. They eat some spicy food there, but there is a lot of scrumptious peasant fare if you have a good local contact, which we did.
These crackery breads are made by laying the dough directly on hot blacks stones, which explains their dimply texture. Each is about 4 inches across. These crunchy doughy delights stayed fresh for days.
Our next stop was Shanghai. The first night, we ate in a huge food-court type of place and sampled all sorts of fish, fowl, rice, and noodles. It was good and fun.
|Roasted whole tiny bird on a stick|
The pizza was a thin-crusted personal pie with some eye appeal, smartly topped with a smattering of fresh arugula.
Finally, here are a few more foods we had in and around Beijing. At a wonderful fish restaurant near the Great Wall, we had the well-known scallion pancake. Sometimes called "Chinese pizza," this pancake was fluffier, less oily, and more tasty than I've had in the states.
|Street food - pancake with egg and more|
|OMG peeps eat that?|