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Undercover Diner: Eating 3,000rmb Hot Pot for the Black Pearl Awards

Meituan Dianping launched their own awards, the Black Pearls, about a year ago. I championed them as a counterbalance to the big French ones when they came out. This year, when it came time to pick ju...
Last updated: 2018-12-27
Meituan Dianping launched their own awards, the Black Pearls, about a year ago. I championed them as a counterbalance to the big French ones when they came out. This year, when it came time to pick judges for the 2019 awards — which come out today, January 10th — they tapped me. I got a budget, a shortlist of nominees and a direction: go out and review… Chinese restaurants?

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