First published on 28 Jan 2011. Updated on 4 Mar 2015.
Donkey was first eaten out of necessity and remains a favourite. This Hejian chain, a Hebei province city famous for its donkey, is popular all over China.
The donkey meat here is hand-sliced to order before being sandwiched inside a crisp bing (a northern style flatbread) and served up steaming and fresh.
The order lingo is huo shao (4RMB each), but add a side of hot broth (qing tang; 2RMB) for the ultimate soup and sandwich combo bargain. This is China’s answer to an Irish corned beef or a New York-style pastrami sandwich.