Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were welcomed in the White House Thursday by President Barack Obama and Michelle. The visitors were welcomed with a state dinner prepared together by White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison.
According to CCTV, the dinner was held in the East Room of the White House. For starters, the guests were served with wild mushroom mildly flavored with Chinese Shaoxing Wine. The soup was followed by butter poached lobster from Maine stuffed with spinach, shiitake mushroom and leeks, made all the more delicious by Penner-Ash’s 2014 Viognier from Oregon.
The main course is grilled cannon of Colorado lamb, with garlic fried milk and baby broccoli, cooked with Pride Mountain’s 2012 Merlot. The main dessert is a pudding made of poppyseed bread and butter with Meyer lemon curd and lychee sorbet. The tsar of the dessert is the Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec 2011.
White it seemed like the White House prepared for President Xi’s visit, many Chinese feel the contrary. In fact, many want to warn the Chinese president of how cunning U.S. can be.
Comments from the Chinese, seen and reported by Bloomberg, reek of sarcasm and mockery against U.S. “Even a village chief eats better than you did—how wretched,” one comment reads. Another comment reads: “This meal was too expensive—worth [the price of 300 planes]?” Another said, “They didn’t even hire a professional designer for the menu? It’s so ugly!”
The majority of the comments centered on warning Mr. Xi of how U.S. is a country that China should be wary of. One comment seen by Bloomberg went as far as saying that U.S. “is a Bully Nation who wants to have control over China and everyone around the planet.” President Xi “has to be strong and firm on his agendas. Otherwise [President Barack] Obama will run all over him, like a pack of hyenas,” the commenter added.
The state dinner was just the start of Mr. Xi and Mr. Obama’s upcoming talks on numerous issues involving the two nations. The visit by the Chinese president comes at a time when U.S. is deeply concern about China’s aggression over the disputed South China Sea and distressed over China’s cyber snooping of government’s data.