Ni Hao Chairman Mao!

Our Chairman Mao sandwich is not in honor of the infamous Mao Zedong of China, but of Beijing’s popular “Peking Duck.”  A visit to Beijing is not complete without trying Peking Duck at least once and taking a chomp out of a duck head. This dish comprises of a specially roasted whole duck where the skin is super crispy, cucumbers, scallions & hoisin sauce to be wrapped in a pancake. Our sandwich has basically the same components with the addition of cilantro & mayo and eaten in a baguette or wrap.

Chairman Mao’s reputation has transcended beyond tyrannical Communist leader whose rule resulted in millions of deaths through the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Though compared to the likes of Stalin and Hitler, there is no doubt he is still revered as a great leader amongst the Chinese. Are they brainwashed? Maybe to a certain degree. China’s propaganda machine is probably one of the most successful in the world. Mao’s portrait is still hung probably in almost every restaurant in China. And you can’t miss Mao’s giant portrait in Tienanmen Square or his Mausoleum where you can still see his embalmed ‘green’ body.  Though he may have committed countless horrible acts, it can not be denied he was one of China’s greatest rulers and a significant political figure in world history. Even Time Magazine named him in the top 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

In a way Mao has become a part of pop culture especially after Andy Warhol’s portrait of him.

And you can’t ignore the infamous Oba-Mao image made global after the Beijing Summer Olympics.

There are many who can be offended (We actually did have a gentleman walk out of the restaurant because of it, hence this post resulted. But, who isn’t offended by anything nowadays? I could say “the” and hurt someone’s feelings.) that a sandwich can bear the name of murderous Communist leader; however,  since most of the 1.3 billion people of China won’t take offense and will probably be proud just because they are such an ethnocentric race and, would love  to have anything bear a name that represents China we probably should calm down a bit. You can’t deny that “Chairman Mao” sounds a lot catchier than “Peking Duck Sandwich.”


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