Together with Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other 5 cities, Beijing was chosen to be one of the top ten popular food cities over the world by the famous magazine Forbes. The history of Beijing’s cuisine is as long as the history of Beijing itself. As Beijing is the capital city for Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing food is based on northern cuisine and has absorbed the essence the all parts of China. You can find almost all the typical food of China in Beijing, even foreign food.
Imperial Court Cuisine is a unique feature of Beijing Cuisine. The best chef from all parts of China went to the imperial court to make dishes for the emperors and other members of royal family.

Beijing Cuisine

    Peking Roast Duck (北京烤鸭)

peking duck
peking roasted duck
Peking Roast Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the Yuan Dynasty, The dish is prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks are bred specially for the dish, which after 65 days are slaughtered and seasoned before being roasted in a closed oven or a hung oven. The meat is often eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and hoisin sauce or sweet noodle sauce.
 Hot Pot
hot pot  Frozen meat is sliced thinly to prepare it for hot pot cooking. Slicing frozen meat this way causes it to roll up during cooking, and it is often presented as such. Meats used include lamb, beef, chicken, duck, mutton, and others.
 Chinese Dumplings
chinese dumplings   China has been perfecting the art of dumpling making since the Sung dynasty. Chinese dumplings may be round or crescent-shaped, boiled or pan-fried. The filling may be sweet or savory; vegetarian or filled with meat and vegetables.

Beijing Snack

Sugarcoated Haws on a Stick Tanghulu(糖葫芦)
 Tanghulu, also called bingtanghulu, is a traditional beijing snack, also can be seen in other cities in China. It consists of candied fruits on bamboo skewers that are approximately 20cm long. This snack can be found widely along the Beijing snack street Wangfujing and also there are street vendors who travel from place to place selling it. Anyone who has been to Beijing cannot claim to have missed seeing the colorful skewers threaded with sugar glazed berries called tanghulu. tanghulu
 Pea-Flour Cake
Pea-Flour Cake, which is made of white pea, is a snack people usually eat in spring. White-pea flour is first mixed with water, cooked over gentle heat and then fried with sugar. After it solidifies, it is cut into rhombohedra-shaped pieces. It has both nice look and nice taste. The best point of it is its fine and smooth texture that melt at the same time when you put it in your mouth. wandouhuang
Sachima, also called Shaqima is a common Chinese pastry found in many Chinese-speaking regions. Each regional cuisine has its own slightly different variation of this food, though the appearance of all versions is essentially the same. saqima

Beijing Restaurant

 Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

quanjude roasted duck
For people who come to Beijing, they will eat Peking Duck. For people who want to eat Peking Duck, most of them go to Quanjude Reataurant. Its roast duck is very famous with over one hundred years’ history. Among them Quanjude roast duck is well known among both domestic and overseas customers. The duck is hung in the oven and roasted by flame burning from fruit-wood. It takes about 45 minutes for the duck to be done. The finished duck is characteristic with crispy skin, tender meat and the fragrance from the fruit-wood. It looks wonderful and appealing with a full figure, even claret color and the brightness and shine on the duck skin. It tastes pure and mellow with lotus leaf-shaped cake, scallion slices and sweet sauce jam, leaving a lasting and pleasant aftertaste.
 Donglaishun Hot Pot
donglaishun The original Donglaishun opened in Beijing more than 100 years ago. The restaurant is famous for its authentic “Shuan Yang Rou” – paper-thin slices of Inner Mongolian black-headed mutton. These stay tender even when boiled for long time and are accompanied by sauces made from ancient secret recipes.Huaiyang cuisine is also offered. It uses traditional copper devices that heat the cooking water with coals. Their lamb is consistently fresh and of a high-quality, while their shaobing will impress the most finicky of gourmands.
 Huguosi Snack Restraurant
huguosi  Huguosi Snack is one of the representives of Beijing snack. There are various snacks of different flavour, including Aiwowo, Pea-Flour Cake and many other snacks.

Beijing Snack Street

 Donghuamen Snack Night Market
By following the wafting aroma of cooking, tourists can find the most natural and simple flavors of Old Beijing in the street. Located at the northern entrance of Wangfujing Street, Donghuamen Night Market is the most famous snack street in Beijing, popular with both locals and tourists as well.
 Wangfujing Snack Street
A dazzling array of snacks from all corners of China can be found here. The majority of diners here are foreign, and the cost is not low. However, for a comfortable and relaxing meal, Xin Dong An Restaurant comes highly recommended.
Location: south of Haoyou Department Store, Wangfujing Business Street, Dongcheng District
Bus Route: 20, 37, 41, 59, 103, 104, 120, 420, 802 (get off at Wangfujing Stop)
 Longfusi Snack Street
This street is also famed for its Beijing local snacks. Bai Kui Lao Hao, a Muslim restaurant, is recommended for its authentic Beijing fare.Location: north of Dongsi Longfu Mansion, Dongcheng District
Bus Route: 104, 108, 210, 803 (get off at Art Gallery (North) Stop)
 Niu Jie Muslim Snack Street
Niu Jie Muslim Street occupies an area about 35.9 hectares (88.7 acres). There are people from over 20 minority groups living in the street. Hui make up the greater part of that. The largest and oldest mosque — Niu Jie Mosque is located here. Everything is heavy with the exotic flavor of our minority groups. So is the food. The famous Turpan Restaurant offers visitors genuine Uygur food.Location: Guanganmen, Xuanwu District
Bus Route: 53, 61, 109, 822 (get off at Niu Jie Stop)

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