Plan your Beijing tour? China has a strong gastronomic tradition and Beijing is no exception. No Beijing tour is complete without getting a taste of its local foods. Today I’m going to introduce to you the top 10 must taste foods unique in Beijing with pictures and descriptions easy for you to follow on your future trip to Beijing. Some of the top 10 foods mentioned may sound a little bit bizarre or weird.
1. Beijing Roast Duck （北京烤鸭）
Eating Beijing Ducks and walking on the Great Wall are the two must-do things while traveling Beijing for the first time. The making of Beijing roast ducks dates back to 150 years. Generally, there are two ways of making ducks - Roasting ducks by using an oven without a door and roasting is done in an enclosed oven heated with crop stalks as the fuel. Quanjude Roast Ducks are representitive of the ducks roasted in an oven without a door while Bianyifang Roast Ducks of the ducks roasted in an enclosed oven. After roasted and dried, the duck will look brightly dark red, shining with oil and with crisp skin and tender meat. Few people could resist its temptation due to its attractive appearance.
Recommended Beijing duck restaurants:
Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 32 Qianmen Dajie, Chongwen District
Open hours: 11am-1:30pm, 4:45pm-8pm
By bus: take lines 110, 120, 20, exit at Dazhalan
Tel: 6710 1379
Hepingmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 14 Qian Men xi dajie, Xuanwu District
Open hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm
By bus: take lines 14, 7, 15, subway line 2, exit at Hepingmen
Tel: 6301 8833
Xingfudajie Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 36 xingfu dajie, chongwen District
Open hours: 10:30am-2pm, 4pm-10pm
By bus: take lines 8, exit at xingfu street
Tel: 6711 6545
Yutingqiao Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant
Add: 73 Tian tan Donglu, chongwen district
Open hours: 11am-9:30pm
By bus: take lines 39,39special, 43, 807, 958, exit at dongce lu
Tel: 6702 0904
Beijing Roast Duck
2. Mutton Hot Pot（涮羊肉）
Mutton Hot Pot is one of the traditional cuisines in Beijing. Here the motton hot pot refers to the Mongolian style hot pot. The lamb slices are put into the hotpot, which is a copper pot containing a boiling soup base. After a few seconds the lamb slices are done and dip them a sesame butter sauce. Mutton hot pot is especially popular in winter
Donglaishun Mutton Hot Pot
Address: No.198, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Mutton Hot Pot
3. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach (Baodu 爆肚）
Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is a traditional snack in Beijing. Put lamb or cow stomaches in boiling water, then take them out and cut them into thin slices. Then spread some sauce on the sliced stomaches. Fried Lamb or Cow Stomach is pronounced “Baodu”.
Recommended restaurants for “Baodu”:
Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 17 Qianhai Dongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区什刹海前海东沿17号(银锭桥南)
Baodu Feng Restaurant
Add: 56 Langfang Ertiao, Menkuang Hutong, Qianmen, Xicheng District, Beijing 西城区前门大街门框胡同廊坊二条56号 公交/驾车
Fried Cow Stomach
4. Fried Pig Liver (炒肝)
Fried Pig Liver is a traditional Beijing snack. Its ingredients include fat sausages, pig livers and garlic.
Yaoji Fried Liver Restaurant (Gulou)
Add：311 Dongdajie，Gulou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 东城区鼓楼东大街311号
Fried Pig Liver
5. Bittern flapjack （卤煮火烧）
Bittern flapjack is a traditional snack in Beijing. The pig intestines and lung are cooked together with bean curds tablets, blood tofu, and sold in a bowl of hot soup.
Chenji Luzhu Xiaochang (陈记卤煮小肠）
Add: Jia 16-17, Huayuan North Road, Haidian Ditrict, Beijing 海淀区花园北路甲12号16-17门牌
6. Mending Meat Pie (门丁肉饼）
“Mengding” in Chinese litterlly means “door nails”. The meat pie looks like a door nail in the past, hence the Mending Meat Pie. The yellow and crisp pastries contain hot meat. The best place to eat Mending meat pie is Mending Li.
Mending Li (门丁李)
Add: 20 South Road, Capital Stadium, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京西城区首体南路20号
Mending Meat Pie
7. Steamed Stuffed Buns
Beijing is well known for its yummy steamed stuffed buns, quite different from Tianjin’s stuffed buns known as “Goubuli”. Beijing’s stuffed buns look more beautiful, not oily. It provides plentiful stuffed buns. You are highly recommended to eat the stuffed buns at Qingfeng Stuffed buns. You may visit one of its chain restaurants.
Qingfeng Stuffed Buns Head Office
Add：178 Nandajie, Xinjiekou, Beijing 北京市新街口南大街178号
Steamed Stuffed Buns
8. Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake 褡裢火烧
Place fillings into two dumpling wrappers, and put them into boiling oil wok. The fried cakes look like ancient shouldder bags, hence Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake.
Ruibinlou Restaurant (瑞宾楼）
Add :7 Zhaogongkou, Fengtai District, Beijing 丰台区赵公口7号楼
Shoulder Bag-shaped Cake
9. Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce ( Zhajiang Mian 炸酱面)
Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce is most typical of Beijing. It is a unique and traditional way of making noodles. Add shredded cucumbers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, scrambled eggs, fresh soybeans and hot sauce.
Zhajian Mian in Chinese literally means Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce.
Lao Beijing King of Zhajiang Mian. 老北京炸酱面大王
Add: 1 Floor, 31 Xishikou Charch, Shanghai.
Noodles with Fried Bean and Meat Sauce
Wonton is one of Beijing traditonal snacks. Often placed in the bowl of hot made soup, which includes dried purple seaweed, parsley and sesame.
Wonton Hou (Xinjiekou) 馄饨侯(新街口店)
26 Neidajie, Xizhinmen 西城区西直门内大街26号(近新华书店)
Wonton is one of Beijing traditonal snacks
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