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.
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:
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