Written By Kaitlyn Rosenburg First Look / Places May 29, 2015 First Look: Beijing Bistro SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIn the late 1990s, strangers Yuan Jiang and Xin Liu boarded the same plane in China headed for Argentina, nearly twenty thousand kilometres away. Jiang and Liu bonded during the trip. Liu spoke English. Jiang didn’t. She translated for him and hoped their connection would continue once they arrived.Her wish came true. A year after arriving, they finally made their relationship official.Liu picked Argentina because it was the farthest from China on a map. She’d recently broken up with a boyfriend and needed a fresh setting.Already a highly skilled chef, Jiang’s move to Argentina was a risk. He sold everything to make the move. Trained in China, where he earned a chef diploma, Jiang spent much of his career in Denmark, before deciding to open a Chinese restaurant in Argentina.In 2000, Jiang and Liu opened their neighbourhood restaurant. For 14 years, they ran the business, had two sons and built a life. Crime became an increasing threat. They no longer felt safe walking from work to home. Last year, they made the difficult decision to leave it behind and move to Canada.After visiting friends in Victoria in 2012, the family was smitten with the city. Their eldest son Chris says Victoria is gentle.Jiang and Liu opened Beijing Bistro at the end of February, quickly gathering a core base of customers who crave traditional Chinese food—no chow mien on this menu. Even locals have embraced dishes like squid and pork kidney. Insiders know to ask for the homemade dumplings. Made in-house, Liu can’t keep up with the demand.Whole Beijing roast duckWhen I visited, Jiang presented an entire Beijing roast duck, complete with all the side dishes. Liu says the duck is the symbol of their restaurant. They’ve even hung a series of paintings depicting the cooking and serving progression. After viewing the duck (I highly recommend this step!), Jiang thinly sliced the meat, leaving a thin strip of crispy skin on each piece. A pairing of cucumber, Chinese green onion, and bean paste sauce is placed into thin wraps or sesame seed pancakes. The combination of the sweet onion, cool cucumber, and salty sauce is so far removed—in a good way— from Chinese takeout. A whole duck ($68.80) feeds 3 – 4 comfortably. A half size is available ($38.00).For now, Beijing Bistro doesn’t have a website or participate in social media. They’re focused on repeat customers and word of mouth in the Chinese community.Top Photo: Xin Liu, Felipe Jiang, Yuan Jiang, Chris Jiang at Beijing Bistro Beijing Bistro is open for lunch Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner seven days a week 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 769 Fort St., Victoria, BC, 250.385.2688. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Kaitlyn Rosenburg Kaitlyn Rosenburg holds a BFA in creative writing with a minor in journalism and publishing from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in local publications such as The Martlet, as well as national publications like ... Read More You may also like First Look / Restaurants / Victoria March 24, 2017 First Look: Café Mexico Café Mexico is a busy local cantina with a brand-new look and feel. The café’s roots reach back to the 1980s and the original Tex-Mex trend, when ... Read More First Look / Vancouver March 15, 2017 New Openings in Vancouver We have had a handful of bright sunny days so far; that we keep hoping are signaling the end of winter and the coming of spring, but it hasn’t ... Read More First Look / Victoria March 8, 2017 First Look: Farm and Field Butchers Rebecca Teskey opened Farm and Field Butchers in December 2016 so she could use both her passion for cooking and lessons learned in a ... Read More First Look / Victoria February 2, 2017 FIRST LOOK: The Empress Hotel’s Q Restaurant The Empress is one of Canada’s grande dames, the westernmost of the railway palaces that include Quebec City’s Chateau Frontenac and Alberta’s ... Read More First Look / Victoria January 9, 2017 Deliverance: Getting the food you want without venturing beyond your front door. OK, sure, soups and stews are great, but at this point can we just be honest and say they’re getting a bit old? When the first whispers of winter ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Vancouver January 2, 2017 Vancouver Buzz: January | February 2017 Living in Vancouver at this time of year you can’t avoid the rain (or snow), unless you stay inside all the time but then you miss so much! A ... Read More Comments are closed.