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Jia Nan Mei Chi

Restaurants, Chinese Beyond Barcelona

When I come out of Fondo metro, I ask some Chinese people on a bench what the best restaurant in this district of Santa Coloma de Gramenet is, and which is now a meeting point for migrants arriving in this country. They all point to Jia Nan Chi Mei, which means "the place where you eat well." A year ago Li Ming and her husband opened this little eatery, with its lacquered wood tables and drawings of birds in the oriental style. The television is on, showing a film in Chinese for teenagers. I ask for the same as the girls at the next table are having: a dish of sweet sticky rice, topped with strips of egg, eggplant, pork, prawns and youtiao, a deep-fried pastry similar to churros. The dish of nuo mi fan cost me 2.50€. "Everything in here costs the same or less than in China," said Li Ming, a petite woman with a friendly face. Her mother nods in agreement.


Venue name: Jia Nan Mei Chi
Address: Beethoven, 72
Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Transport: Fondo (M: L1,L9)
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