Someone, Anyone… Make the Food STOP! 3


When I arrived in Shijiazhung, I expected a little down time as I was visiting some friends who have a branch office here. Little did I know that my friends had plans of feeding me all the food in China!

My first day here started with a lunch so big I could hardly walk back across the street to their office. There were three types of steamed dumplings and a large bowl of Szechuan beef and cabbage soup. That was followed with a visit to a local school and as you will see below, there were some great photos that came out of the time there. It was a school that specialized in visual and performing arts. The talent of the students was impressive.

A few hours later, still full from lunch, we arrived at the biggest restaurant I have ever seen! The Hebei Renjia Restaurant is six floors, has a kitchen to service every floor and has countless private rooms for special dining. We had one of their premier rooms for our night. The food came out a plate at a time, but I by the end of the night, I was praying for it to stop. It was delicious and I had a hard time stopping myself from taking “just one more bite”. I was able to add another exotic meat to my list that night. Two separate dishes of donkey were prepared and I tried both of them. The first was a platter of donkey meat sliders and the second was Szechuan Stir Fried Donkey. It was actually quite good and had a flavour that is similar to beef.

Many more courses followed, but my favourite of the night was the baby sweet potatoes that came out smothered in melted sugar. There was a bowl of water to dip the scorching hot morsels in to cool and solidify the sugar before you ate them.

The next day followed with a very similar lunch and a walk before dinner. Our walk took us to a condo complex with an enormous entertainment area built on the seventh to ninth floors. It is called the Shijiazhung Hanging Gardens and it was like an amusement park! There were games, rock climbing walls, restaurants and a river around the entire complex filled with thousands of goldfish. This complex was incredible and it was over two city blocks long!

After working up an appetite, we made our way across the street to another multi level restaurant where I was treated to a dinner that was so spectacular, I actually felt like Chinese royalty.

The highlight of my night was getting to go behind the scenes and photograph the kitchen staff working away. Every time I look at these images, I am reminded what a real meal should be!

Szechuan Lunch in Shijiazhuang

Szechuan Lunch in Shijiazhuang

Chefs making dumplings for mass consumption

Chefs making dumplings for mass consumption

Award winning scale models and one of the Art Professors

Award winning scale models and one of the Art Professors

Art Class

Art Class

Exam Time

Exam Time

Number 12 Middle School in Shijiazhuang

Number 12 Middle School in Shijiazhuang

Focused

Focused

The biggest restaurant and the biggest dinner

The biggest restaurant and the biggest dinner

Hebei Renjia Restaurant

Hebei Renjia Restaurant

Szechuan pork and potatos

Szechuan pork and potatos

Mini Donkey Burgers!

Mini Donkey Burgers!

Spicy Szechuan Beef Soup and fried veggie pancakes

Spicy Szechuan Beef Soup and fried veggie pancakes

Szechuan Donkey and Egg with Sesame Chips

Szechuan Donkey and Egg with Sesame Chips

Mini Sweet potatoes in Melted Sugar

Mini Sweet potatoes in Melted Sugar

The Hanging Gardens of Shijiazhuang

The Hanging Gardens of Shijiazhuang

Getting Ready for another Epic Feast

Getting Ready for another Epic Feast

Stir Fried Celery and Beef & Szechuan Beef

Stir Fried Celery and Beef & Szechuan Beef

Fried Rice and Shoestring Stir Fried Potatoes

Fried Rice and Shoestring Stir Fried Potatoes

Spicy Rice Noodles and Sweet Walnut Pastry for Desert

Spicy Rice Noodles and Sweet Walnut Pastry for Desert

Chinese Pancakes and a look at the Entire Spread!

Chinese Pancakes and a look at the Entire Spread!

Behind the Scenes... They Let me in the Kitchen!

Behind the Scenes... They Let me in the Kitchen!

In this Kitchen, I have never seen 40 people working so hard!

In this Kitchen, I have never seen 40 people working so hard!


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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3 thoughts on “Someone, Anyone… Make the Food STOP!

  • Gerasimos Loukatos

    I’m sitting here waiting for my annual physical at 11:30a with an empty stomach. I’m loving this article and yet at the same time, hating you as I’m dying of starvation while your stuffing your face with the worlds best meal!! Keep up the good work Andrew! Your natural talent of catching of catching things beyond the naked eye has me on the verge of booking a flight & joining you on your food conquest!

    Gerasimos

  • marmilki

    your hand looks so big compared to that mini mini-burger. the food all looks so delish.

    and what’s the deal with the pics getting smaller and smaller??