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Meet the Frozen Chinese BBQ Skewers That are Truly Restaurant Quality

Seattle-based restaurant Xiao Chi Jie (XCJ) first launched frozen versions of its lauded Chinese soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, back in May of 2021. The frozen product proved to be truly restaurant quality, a surprising feat for a dish like soup dumplings.

Now, continuing that same energy of translating restaurant quality dishes into the convenience of frozen foods, XCJ has recently debuted frozen shāo kāo, also known as Chinese BBQ.

Shā0 kāo dates all the way back to China’s Eastern Han Dynasty, around A.D. 25, and is distinguished by the intoxicating fragrance of skewered meat and spice grilled over open flames.

XCJ’s version of CBBQ skewers are available in beef, lamb, or chicken, which are all pre-marinated and flavored with a high-quality blend of spices like cumin, white peppercorn, and Chinese five spice. They are ready-to-cook via your grill, air fryer, or stovetop — shout out to tasty convenience!

“Despite being a massively popular street food staple in China, CBBQ isn’t on a lot of peoples’ radars in the U.S. Even with the rise of Korean BBQ and Japanese Yakitori, CBBQ remains underrepresented — and we hope to change this narrative,” said XCJ co-founder, Jen Liao.

Folks can look forward to the following tasty lineup of CBBQ from XCJ, which can be purchased on their site:

  • Beef (8 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Lamb (8 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Chicken (10 skewers + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
  • Variety (2-two packs chicken, 2-two packs beef, and 1-two pack lamb + 2 oz jar of a spice blend powder)
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Watch Kids Try Authentic Chinese Food For The First Time

Trying food from different cultures can sometimes be a little nerve-racking, so you can imagine what it’s like when kids try to dig into something new or foreign to them.

WatchCut Video tapped into the curiosity of children, and had a group of them try authentic Chinese food.

This wasn’t the Panda Express type of food that a lot of us Americans are used to, as the food was a little more culturally-driven with dim sum and Chinese BBQ.

The kids tried dumplings, barbecue pork, and a few other goodies as they sometimes gave their approval, and sometimes let out a bit of protest.

OK, they freaked out quite a bit, but they at least gave most of the dishes a shot. There’s a lot of adults who wouldn’t be down to stick something in their mouths without knowing what it is, so props to these brave kids.