I'm in Beijing for an annual conference, and decided to stay at the Imperial Mansion, Beijing since it is just on the block next to the Grand Hyatt Beijing. Not knowing exactly when I would arrive in the city, I didn't make plans to have dinner with anyone. I figured I'd just pop into DaDong Artistic Conception Food (大董中国意境菜), as the Wangfujing branch of the chain is in the shopping mall right next to my serviced apartment.
In fact, I prefer the creative dishes from the menu over the duck that first put them on the map. So I proceeded to order four dishes - which, admittedly, was waaay too much for one person - and skipped their "superlean" roast duck.
In Chinese cuisine, there is a traditional order of how dishes are to be served. Vegetables and carb dishes such as rice and noodles are meant to be served last. But of course, the staff in the kitchen doesn't care. They just wanna knock out dishes when orders are sent in. And front-of-house staff either haven't been trained about this, or they also don't care about the diner's experience. So... instead of getting this dish last, it came first.