Video: A Nostalgic Love Ballad About Meat on a Stick in Beijing

The Great LOL of China, made in conjunction with Asia Society's China Learning Initiatives, is a bilingual video series starring Beijing-based American comedian Jesse Appell. The bi-weekly episodes aim to highlight unique aspects of Chinese culture and society through comedy.

In this week's episode, Jesse expresses his affection for Beijing's "greatest delicacy": cheap streetside meat kebabs known as chuanr. But with a changing world and a changing Beijing racked with inflation, the once ubiquitous one kuai (15 cent) treat is becoming more elusive by the day. In a nostaligic love ballad, Jesse asks, "One kuai chuanr, where have you gone?"