Latest Newsletter🍵 New alcohol/cancer study in AsiansRead


‘Literally so good’: Team USA snowboarder hails Winter Olympics Chinese food as ‘the best’

tessa maud
tessa maud
  • Team USA snowboarder Tessa Maud described the food at the Beijing Winter Games as “the best” amid complaints about the dining experience in the Olympics bubble from other athletes.

  • The 18-year-old said she has had a positive culinary experience and has been trying out different Chinese cuisines.

  • A TikTok video posted by Maud shows the variety of food options she was given at one of the Olympic bubble restaurants.

Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

Amid recent complaints about the food options available within the Beijing Winter Olympics bubble and quarantine hotels, Team USA snowboarder Tessa Maud has praised her Olympics dining experience as nothing but “the best.”

Maud told Insider that she hasn’t been “finding any issues” and even stated that the meals she has had at the Winter Olympics are “the best Chinese food [she has] ever eaten.”

“I’ve been going to the restaurants that you take the bus to, and they’re, like, a 10-minute drive. So I’ve been eating food there as well, and that food is insane – the best Chinese food I’ve ever had, hands down,” Maud told Insider.

She also says that while some people may be having negative experiences with the food, “There’s always something that you can eat, something you can find that’s going to be better than the cafeteria.

The 18-year-old has been documenting her Olympic dining experience on TikTok where she has posted several videos that show the variety of meals and snacks that she has been eating. 

In one of her TikTok videos, Maud gives viewers a look into some of the dishes that she ordered while at an Olympic bubble restaurant. 

Some of the dishes seen in Maud’s video include stir-fried broccoli, Kung Pao chicken and scallion pancakes. The young athlete describes the food as “literally so good” and “literally amazing.” 

@tessamaud_ come to dinner with me #winterolympics #TeamofTomorrow #olympictok #olympictiktok ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey

Maud also said that her culinary experience with Chinese food was fairly new and that she feels refreshed and appreciative while experiencing the food culture at the Beijing Olympics.

One thing the 18-year-old described as “really cool” was that most parts of an animal are used in Chinese cuisine.

“You’re not wasting anything. You’re utilizing the whole part of each animal. So I think that’s really important in cuisine as well,” she told Insider. “You don’t see that in American food culture.”

Athletes and staff members have recently been voicing their concerns over the food options that are being given while isolating in the quarantine hotels. Many have complained about the lack of food options and poor food quality

Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova, who had to quarantine at the isolation hotels, had criticized her meals as “inedible” on her Instagram, where she also claimed she had been given the same meal for five consecutive days. 

An Olympics hotel manager even referred to the food in one of their own restaurants as “disgusting” to CNN.

Maud says that it’s best to find the good in every situation and that this mentality has helped her enjoy her dining experience during the Winter Olympics. 

“You can always just try and find the best of each situation,” she told Insider.

Feature Image via TikTok

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

Support NextShark

Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal