What and where to eat when travellers come to a new city usually is one of the top priorities. This list of Beijing food offers you the top Beijing dishes and snacks, and the places to have them.
Beijing Roast Duck
Beijing roast duck, or Peking Duck, is the representative of Beijing cuisine and a must-try dish in Beijing. The dish is famous for the thin, crispy skin, the authentic versions of the dish serving mostly skin and little meat, while sauces and seasonings will vary, but the most common materials, scallion and cucumber are almost usded at every Peking Duck restaurant. If you eat at one of Beijing’s more famous duck restaurants it will also be accompanied by a short demonstration on the correct way to assemble a Peking Duck wrap using chopsticks.
The recommended restaurants for Peking Duck below:
* Da Dong Duck Restaurant
Address: F1-F2, Nanxincang Business Building, 22 Dongsitiao Jia, Dongcheng District
Price: CNY198 for a whole duck, it will be enough for 3 or 4 normal eaters.
Jiaozi — Chinese Dumplings
Jiaozi is found anywhere across Beijing, it is the most important food for festivals and big events for Chinese especially those who live in northern China. In Beijing, the tastiest dumplings can be found in smaller, less conspicuous family restuarants where only dumplings are served. In these restaurants, you can often sit and watch the next batch of dumplings being rolled and filled while eating. Usually, Jiaozi is served with soy sauce, vinegar and chili dip.
Here is a Jiaozi Restaurant recommended: Mr Shi's Dumplings , located at: 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie
The average Price is CNY20–30/plate with 15 jiaozi.
Jing Jiang Rou Si — Shredded Pork in Beijing Sauce
Jing Jiang Rou Si is another popular dish with Beijing locals. Unlike many other popular dishes, Jing Jiang Rou Si originated in Beijing, it's popularity may stem from its simplicity; sliced pork cooked in a sweet bean sauce served with soy bean wraps. Jingjiang rousi is a necessary component of any authentic Beijing dining experience.
Visitors to Beijing can try it at this restaurant: Jin Ding Xuan Restaurant, located at 77 Hepingli Street, Dongcheng District, average cost will be CNY60/person for a meal.
Zhajiang mian— Noodles with Soybean Paste
Zhajiang mian is popular traditional Beijing food, and sometimes it is referred to as simply Beijing noodles. a bowl of typical Zhajiang mian has three main ingredients: the hand-made noodles, vegetable pieces, and minced pork. Vegetables vary seasonally but at least 7 kinds are served. Here is a restaurant recommendation: Old Beijing Zhajiang Noodle King
located at 56 Dong Xinglongjie, Dongcheng District, average cost is 15CNY/person.
Mongolian hotpot, with a history over 1,000 years. Traditional hotpot restaurants will involve sitting around a large pot of boiling soup, in which you cook your own food. Although Mongolian hotpot usually involves a large amount of lamb, any number of meats, vegetables and breads are available too. All the meats are cut into thin slices to ensure they cook quickly and evenly. This northern-Chinese style hotpot offers a soup with plain soup, but with rich choices of the sauces from sesame oil sauce to chili sauces. The most famous restaurant of Mongolian Food is Dong Lai Shun, located at 12 Xinyuanxili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, the average Price is CNY 90/person for a meal.
Dry Wok Potato Wedges
The literal translation of this dish ‘dry wok potato wedges’ offers diners a fairly accurate idea of what to expect.
Slices of potato, crispy pork and chilies simmer in an iron pot sat atop an open flame. As you are working your way through the meat and potatoes, the bed of sliced onions that is hidden underneath slowly caramelizes in oil, leaving you with a delicious snack to finish your meal on.
The restauanrts along Ghost Street serve this dish. It is best enjoyed as part of a larger meal so it is recommended that you choose a restaurant along this street that serves other dishes you are interested in too.
The address of the Ghost Street is :Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, Chaoyang District.
Rolling Donkey-Lv Da Gun
This dish doesn't contain meat of any kind, let alone donkey. Rolling Donkey is a kind of traditional Beijing snack, it is made of made of glutinous rice flour with a red bean stuffing. You can find this snack at Bai Ji Niangao,located at 1/F, Niu Jie Qingzhen Supermarket, 1 Shangye Lou, Niu Jie, Xuanwu District.