Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

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Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant is a time-honored no-frill eatery owned by a family with the surname of “Yao”,  well-known for its authentic Beijing local food.

The street-front Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

The street-front Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

“Chaogan” (Chao Gan) literally means “Pork liver stew” or “Fried liver”, the signature dish of the restaurant. The dish of “Chaogan” is a bowl of starchy stew with slices of liver and large pig intestines flavored with much garlic.

Many old customers say the dish of “Pork liver stew” here is the best in Beijing,  smooth, fragrant,and  not oily, hence the name of Yaoji Chaogan given to the restaurant.

The Signature Liver Stew Dish

The Signature Liver Stew Dish

Another famous Beijing flavor is known as “Luzhu Huoshao”,  a kind of bean-paste stew with pieces of huo shao (dough dumplings), bean curd puffs, stewed lungs and large intestines.

The dish is a traditional street  food for the common folks of Beijing.

Luzhu Huoshao

Luzhu Huoshao

As a westerner, probably  you don’t eat animal internal organs and have no culture of eating offal dishes.

But you can order other Beijing flavor dishes instead which are also very savoury and delicious, such as noodles and steamed buns.

 Steamed buns with pork and onions fillings.

Steamed buns with pork and onions fillings.

On August 18, 2011, American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage came to Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant, escorted by the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

They didn’t order the signature dish of Chaogan and other famous entrails dishes.

Noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste

Noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste

They five people asked for five bowls of noodles topped with rich stir-fried bean paste, 10 steamed buns with pork and onions, smashed cucumber salad, mountain yam salad, shredded potatoes and Coca Cola for lunch totally at 79 yuan.

Inside Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Inside Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

They all ate up the five bowls of traditional noodles, known as “Zhajiang” noodles – handmade noodles flavored with deep, rich stir-fried bean paste, shredded cucumber and watermelon radish.

The restaurant is just below the east side of Drum Tower

The restaurant is just below the east side of Drum Tower

 

Biden’s visit is a big boost to the long-time already popular family run eatery. Everyday, Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant is packed with diners, who very often need to wait for one hour for a table, cheap and delicious.

American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage eating at Yaoji Chaogan

American Vice President Joe Biden and his entourage eating at Yaoji Chaogan

 

Plan your Beijing tour? Next time, if you are going to visit Drum Tower or Bell Tower in Beijing, it is worth dropping in for a bowl of Zhajiang noodle or a few steamed buns to feed yourself, a kind of Beijing locavore travel experience.

Beijing Bell Tower to the northwest of Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Beijing Bell Tower to the northwest of Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

Its address: No.311, Gulou Dongdajie (just below the east side of Drum Tower), 鼓楼东大街311号. Tel: 010-84010570.  Business Hour: 06:00 – 22:30.

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