Beijing, May 14: It was no Gujarati cuisine that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi feasted upon, but authentic Chinese vegetarian dishes. With a traditional grand Tang dynasty welcome, Modi was treated to some of the best Chinese cuisines. The starters included hors d'oeuvre and a spicy soup.
This was followed by assorted vegetables with pancake and red bean rice and beancurd with mushroom.
Some of the other items on the menu card included water chestnut in bean sauce and braised asparagus and bamboo fungus with lotus root. There is noodle, dumpling and pancake and a light fruits and sorbet for dessert.
As a gesture to reciprocate Modi's hosting of Xi at his hometown-Ahmedabad, the latter hosted him outside Beijing, in his hometown Xian. The two leaders had dined last September on the banks of the Sabarmati river and Modi had served Xi with 150 Gujarati delicacies, which included Khaman and Dhokla.
PM Modi is the first world leader to be hosted outside Beijing.