I love Chinese food. I think I blogged about it once before but I will say it again… I love Chinese food. What excited me no end about visiting China was the opportunity to have real authentic Chinese food. And interesting Chinese food, we definitely had. Most of our meals were marvelous but I failed to ask our guide what and where they were so I leave you with 2 (of the best I’ve had on this trip) well-known restaurants that had left a lasting impression.
Ya Wang Roast Duck Restaurant
Peking Duck. Absolutely my family’s favorite since I can remember. And since we’re in Beijing, how could we not partake of what they consider their national dish? And so to Ya Wang (Duck King) we went. Whilst Quanjude and Dadong are favorites among tourists, we opted to go to a less famous but better (in my family’s opinion) tasting roast duck.
Ya Wang’s version did away with the fat and oiliness but kept the main feature of soft and crispy skin that melts in your mouth. They say that they make sure that the ducks they serve are not too fat by growing their own ducks. Also, the skin when carved into thin slivers has some meat on it, unlike the other establishments where they separate the skin from the meat. But it’s to each his own and I like it with some meat.
Crispy duck skin, duck meat, cucumber, scallions then topped with hoisin sauce…
Regardless, Peking Duck is a definite must try when in Beijing and Ya Wang is perhaps one of the best places to remember it by.
Xiao Nan Guo
…is a famous chain from Shanghai that found its way to Beijing and Hong Kong. A renowned restaurant serving Shanghai dishes. Yes that’s right! Nothing wrong with that, right? This wonderful restaurant is modern and elegant featuring a blend of Eastern and Western details. The food, traditional, served in a way that is more contemporary. The owner along with her sister started a six-table restaurant in Shanghai 23 years ago beside a restaurant called Da Nan Guo (Big Southern Country) so they named theirs Small Southern Country –Xiao Nan Guo. Today, this small southern country restaurant is not so small anymore with 7 branches in Shanghai alone, with several in Hong Kong and Beijing. Some of my favorites:
Hong Shao Rou (Red braised pork)
Szechuan styled fried chicken with chilies
Beijing, I found out could be a (Chinese) food lover’s happiness. And if you feel that you have had too much…
Head over to Ten Fu tea. They have a wide selection of different kinds of quality tea. Definitely a haven for tea lovers.
Useful Information:Ya Wang 77 Jiangning Lu,
near Fengyang Lu Phone: +86 10 6271 1717 Xiao Nan Guo 2/F Jinbao Tower 89 Jinbao Jie, Dongcheng Center Phone: +86 10 8622-1717 Ten Fu’s Tea 150 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng, Beijing Phone: +86 10 6527 1888
7 thoughts on “Beijing Good Eats”
You know I never had Peking Duck before, always ordering roast duck instead. I will make a point to order next time.
I would love to try authentic Chinese food, not the Americanized version 🙂
SF chinatown have plenty of authentic restos. 🙂
It’s been just enough hours past supper that all those wonderful food pictures made me hungry again! Peking Duck is my hubby’s favorite Chinese food.
I have never been a fan of Chinese food, but I found most of the north American versions to be too fake tasting. I would much prefer to go to Chinese place that is full of Chinese people, not tourists.
I love Chinese food and often make it myself. I also like Indonesian food, which we ate when we lived in Indonesia.
Thanks for your visit!
We had Peking duck while we were in Beijing , but not all the dishes you show here. We were on a tour, and the restaurants all knew we were coming, so they gave us dishes they knew North American tourists would like.
Your photos are beautiful!
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you should visit taiwan and try their peking duck too,i don’t eat them since im a vegetarian but i do know they are great…(i should know)no one says it isn’t everytime we had a feast or gatherings,one more thing that everybody likes here is the birds tongue(im not sure how they call it) and large cool chicken feet… and if you visit here i could make you my special dumplings lol!just let me know when your here and i’ll be happy to see you!