Bai Chaoshou, with the first character in its name so rare I had to copy it from the internet, is one of those low-key chinese food franchises that are virtually undistinguishable from other independent hole-in-the-wall mom-and-pop joints.
I went to the one in Gongrencun, across from the kodak shop and just a minute down the road from Helen's. This place has one dish and one dish only: chaoshou (won-ton soup), so all you have to do is tell them how much of it you want. The order is measured in liang (portions of 50g), most people just get two or three...
The wonton itself is excellent. Make your own dipping sauce with lajiao and vinegar, chow down and slurp the broth. Don't be surprised when the lady takes your cash and gives you the change with a big pair of chopsticks, it's part of the experie
The rumors have been abound for years. Roughly three if memory serves.
"I hear it's going to be in guanyinqiao." Said the English teacher with an inside scoop.
"I don't know where it's going to be, but they say it'll be here in 3 months..." Said the Laowai who traded facebook for cqexpat upon entering the confines of the great firewall.
I'm not sure where. I don't know when. But it's coming. I swear, it's coming. It has to! Doesn't it...?" Said the hopelessly optimistic entrepreneur, yearning for a descent burrito and a plate of Nachos.
potato skins and quesadilla
And finally, after years of speculation. After any thought of it actually making way to Chongqing had long since passed. Out of nowhere, in a location no one expected. It has arrived.
I recall my first ever time there in Beijing over five years ago. I'd been in Asia for 3 weeks, and though loving my first experience outside western society, was yearning for a taste of home. I was taken there by a friend of a friend. I had a chicken fried steak, with biscuits and gravy and a banana milkshake. It was amazing. I've had many an encounter with said establishment in the 5 years since at any number of the Chengdu locations. And last week for the first time, in Chongqing.
Yes ladies and gentleman, Peter's Tex-Mex has finally found its way to Chongqing, and being the long time fans that we are of the Chengdu and Beijing locals, we couldn’t wait to get our mouths on their chicken and succulent steak fajitas, nachos, quesadillas and thick potato skins.
The result, as expected, blew the sub-par, overpriced fare of a certain Hongyadong establishment out of the water. Generous portions, the same standards of quality practiced by the chain all over China and, surprise surprise, the bottle of Paulaner (white or Salvator) for 35 kuai, up from the original 25 Fans of Peter’s won’t be surprised to hear this, but the rest of Chongqing’s foreign community, for many years without decent mexican food, will be thrilled…
For real, the branch’s only shortcoming lies in the ill-advised location. The Fortune shopping mall is out in the boonies and closes at 10. And as is the case for even the most luxurious malls in the city, you have to walk out of the restaurant to relieve yourself… seriously you wouldn’t expect a place called “Fortune” to have such a crappy bathroom.
A fantastic experience nonetheless, Peter’s has just made the New North Zone a must-go neighbourhood…
Peter’s Tex-Mex is located on the 3rd floor of the Fortune Shopping Mall, at #16, Xingguang Dadao in Yubei’s New North Zone.
Bon Bon, restuarant in the Chongqing Tiandi development is indeed that, bon(bon means good in French for those who don't speak "freedom"). And on Sundays and Mondays I'd go as far as to add another Bon, with specials to rival any in town.
On Sunadays drinks are buy one get one free, making for a perfect place for the timeless hangover cure... more booze. Mondays from 12 -21:00(Tues. 0 Fri. 12 - 14:00) hamburgers are also buy one get one free, and this my friends is a deal not to be missed. Bon Bon's burger is possibly Chongqing's best, and worth the standard price, let alone the two for one. Juicy, flavorful beef, a well baked bun, with a side of salad and and perfectly crispy fries, is a meal that very well could find its self at restaurants back in the states. The only downfall being the everpresent(in Chongqing at least) use of processed cheese, that though not bad, isn't quite the real deal.