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Vegan Restaurants Are On The Rise in China

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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In recent years, vegan restaurants have become more and more popular in China.

Vegan Kung Pao Chicken (Tofu Stir Fry)

People choosing to eat there mainly consist of two kinds, either for health or for religion.

Vegan Steak (Tender, Juicy and Flavorful!)

When you sit down in a vegan restaurant and begin to leaf through the menu, you can still surprisingly see “meat” dishes.

Actually most of the meat are substituted by ingredients made of bean products, some others made of mushrooms.

By doing so, the dishes can have a very similar appearance, texture and flavour of the real meat to cater the taste of some non-vegans.

A vegan local restaurant in Beijing designed in a traditional Chinese tea house setting.

In addition, most of the owners of these vegan restaurants are people who believe in Buddhism.

Therefore sometimes at the entrance of the restaurant, diners can receive some Buddhist scriptures or books free of charge for the further spread of Buddhism.

Besides, you can feel the waiters and waitresses are more friendly and more polite due to the religious reason.

So, come to China and try to dine in a vegan restaurant.

More Beijing China food related articles

Beijing Restaurant with a View of Qianmen and Tiananmen Square

Huguosi Street – Good Place for Beijing Locavore Travel

Top 10 Most Popular Halal Restaurants in Beijing

Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

Da Dong Roast Duck Menu

Top 10 Must-Taste Foods in Beijing

Beijing Yaoji Chaogan Restaurant

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Stroll on Wangfujing Snack Street

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherPlan your Beijing tour? Among the numerous outdoor activities in Beijing, a stroll on Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is a unique and fruitful experience for those visiting Beijing for the first time.

The 810-meter walking street is packed with shops,stores,and restaurants including several big shopping malls, such Oriental Plaza, Beijing Department Store, Sun Dong An Plaza, the New China Woman and Children Department etc. It also has two large bookstores – the Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore and the Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore.

One highlight on Wangfujing Street is Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街)which is set on a narrow alley off the main walking street. Now just follow me to have a glimpse of Wangfujing Snack Street.

Take subway line 2, get off at the station of Wangfujing and use Exit C. Follow the throng into the Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. Walking north  for about 50 meters, you will see a KFC on your right side, and opposite the KFC is a decorated archway, the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.

you will see a KFC on your right side

you will see a KFC on your right side

The Paifang ,  a decorated archway, is the east entrance to Wangfujing Snack Street.  People are going in and out.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands,  and candy shops.  There are also the arrays of weird food on offer, scorpions, bugs with legs, bugs without legs.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souveniors stands, and candy shops.

The snack street is packed with food vendors, souvenirs stands, and candy shops.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes attract passing visitors to take pictures. Few people would stop and taste the weird food.

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes

The skewered scorpions, sea horses and star fishes

A food vendor selling the locally produced open-mouth fried chestnuts.

A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts

A food vendor selling the fried chestnuts

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Skewered sugar-coated haws and more fruits sugar coated on sticks are sold alluring eaters in and out.

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

Two guys with huge wooden mallets are pounding a piece of cake

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

The cakes are cut into small square pieces for sale.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks.

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks

Fried squids ans fried live scorpions on sticks

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

So the narrow alley is packed with food stalls and souvenirs stands.

The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

The craftman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

The craftsman is blowing sugar figurines on the spot.

Chinese desserts

Chinese desserts

Chinese desserts

Candy fruits on a stick

Candy fruits on a stick

Candy fruits on a stick

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Cockles, mussles, escargot

Exotic skewers of fried beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, cockroaches, sea horses, scorpions

Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.

Exotic skewers of fried beetles and more.

Pineapple steamed rice

Pineapple steamed rice

Pineapple steamed rice

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place where you can experience Chinese food culture, an eye-opener for foreign visitors.

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place

Wangfujing Snack Street is a festival place

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Da Dong Roast Duck Menu

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherPlan your Beijing tour? You are highly recommended to have a bite of Da Dong Roast Duck. Dadong Roast Duck refers to the famous brand roast duck made by the upscale Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant which has two branches – Dadong Roast Duck Nanxincang (南新仓)and Dadong Roast Duck Tuanjiehu (团结湖).

Da Dong Roast Duck Nanxincang is located in the Nan Xin Cang Cultural and Pedestrian Street ( add: No.22A Dongsi Shitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing). Nanxincang Street is one of the Beijing characteristic commercial streets. Nan Xin Cang was once one of the royal granaries for grains and rice storage in Beijing during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

It was originally built in 1409 with a history of over 600 years, almost the same age as Beijing’s Forbidden City. It has been developed into a leisure and commercial pedestrian street or complex, which is mainly composed of the ancient grain house, a few replica traditional buildings used for restaurants and a 15-storey commercial building – Nanxincang International Building. Nanxingcang is a innovative blend between commercial groups and multi-cultures of Beijing.

Dadong Roast Duck Nanxincang occupies an area of 3000 square meters taking up the first and second floors of the 15-storey Nanxincang International Building. It has 30 private compartments sized to accommodate 4-5 people, 7-8 people, 10-12 people, 16-18 people, 20 people, 30 people and 50 people as well as the some space set for individual dinners on the first floor. The decor of Dadong Roast Duck Nanxincang is delicately designed with mixed Chinese traditional and contemporary style. The setting is clean, bright, classical and trendy.

Da Dong Roast Duck stands out from numerous roast duck restaurants. Why Da Dong Roast Duck? What differentiates Dadong Roast Duck from both Quanjude Roast Duck and Bianyifang Roas Duck? The Dadong Roast Duck features “crisp in skin and less in fat and oil”, aimed at healthy and scientific eating of roast ducks, meeting the demand of modern dinners.

Dadong, or Da Dong has become a brand in restaurant business in Beijing. Its restaurant is named “Da Dong” and subtitled ” Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant”. Now Da Dong produces not only just roast ducks, but also many creative recipes combining traditional Shandong cuisine and modern recipes. Of course, roast ducks are still Da Dong’s main course.

The entrance to Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

The entrance to Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant Nanxincang

Dadong Roast Duck Nanxincang
Booking hotline: 010-51690328, 010-51690329
Business hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Add: No.22A Dongsi Shitiao, Dongcheng District ( close to the new Poly Plaza)
Price: CNY 200 – 500 per person

Pre-booking is necessary.

Da Dong has many original and innovative recipes and change very season. It has the well known four season recipes – Sping Song, Summer Dream, Autumn Rhyme and Winter Fun.

Below is the menu for Summer Dream, which, I had a chance to taste this evening at Dadong Roast Duck Nanxincang for a get-together.

Summer Dream Menu
We are starting our dinner in a cozy compartment.

We are starting our dinner in a cozy compartment.

Scallop with Mango

Scallop with Mango

Stewed Pork Knuckle with Mung Beans

Stewed Pork Knuckle with Mung Beans

Stewed Marinated Duck Wings and Webs

Stewed Marinated Duck Wings and Webs

Crisp Mushroom in Tomato

Crisp Mushroom in Tomato

Arugula Salad with Parmesan Cheese

Arugula Salad with Parmesan Cheese

Traditional Beijing Snacks

Traditional Beijing Snacks

Boston Lobster Noodle with Traditional Beijing Bean Paste

Boston Lobster Noodle with Traditional Beijing Bean Paste

Lobster Soup “Cross Bridge” Leopard Coral Grouper

Lobster Soup – Cross Bridge – Leopard Coral Grouper

Beef with Green Lemon and Sea Salt

Beef with Green Lemon and Sea Salt

Chef Li’s Baked Pigeon with Lemongrass

Chef Li’s Baked Pigeon with Lemongrass

Pan-fried Matsutake with Lolita Pea. Sauteed Bean Sprout

Sauteed Bean Sprout

Da Dong “Superlean” Roast Duck

Da Dong Superlean Roast Duck

Teach us how to eat roast duck

Teach us how to eat roast duck

Crisp and less fat roast duck slices

Crisp and less fat roast duck slices

 

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Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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