All-Veg Chinese Dinner for PM Modi in President Xi's Hometown

All-Veg Chinese Dinner for PM Modi in President Xi's Hometown
Beijing: It was Chinese tonight for dinner in Xi'an and there was no chilly paneer or crisp honey potatoes. Not even veg manchurian.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was treated to a vegetarian repast that included sour and spicy soup with fired dough, assorted vegetables with pancake and red bean rice and beancurd with mushroom.

Also on the menu was water chestnut in bean sauce and braised asparagus and bamboo fungus with lotus root. There was noodle, dumpling and pancake and a light fruits and sorbet for dessert.

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted the menu, saying:Xi'an is Chinese president Xi Jinping's hometown and he was hosting the banquet for PM Modi. It was preceded by a traditional Tang dynasty welcome for the Indian Prime Minister, which involved song and dance by people in spectacular costumes.

PM Modi became the first world leader to be hosted outside Beijing. President Xi was reciprocating the Indian Prime Minister's gesture of hosting him in Ahmedabad in the latter's home state Gujarat, when he visited India last September.
In Ahmedabad, the two leaders had dined under a massive white Swiss tent on the Sabarmati riverfront. PM Modi had served a 150-dish Gujarati banquet, with traditional delicacies like Khaman and Dhokla.
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