Top 10 Food in Beijing
Beijing has a time-honored history of producing various kinds of food and snacks. With strong local flavors, Beijing's snacks attract almost all visitors. Peking Duck is a world-famous dish serving you the best tasty experience. Beijing Zha jiang mianm, the top ten Chinese noodles, will satisfy your appetite without a doubt. Also, there are Tanghulu, Beijing Douzhi (Bean Juice), Beijing Quick-fried Tripe, Beijing Lvdagun (Rolling Donkey/Fried chop rice cake), and so on waiting you to explore. Without further ado, Let's explore the top 10 food in Beijing.
1. Peking Duck
Peking duck is a dish from Beijing (Peking) that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is characterized by its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is often eaten with spring onion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used. You must try this one without a doubt, because Beijing serves the most authentic Perking Duck on the planet!
2. Beijing Zha Jiang Mian (Fried Sauce Noodle)
Tanghulu is a traditional Chinese snack. The candied haws have the functions of appetizing, nourishing, increasing intelligence, eliminating fatigue and clearing heat. It consists of fruits covered in hard candy on bamboo skewers which are approximately 20 cm long. This sweet and sour treat was made in the ancient times, yet many people today still eat this in northern China, especially in Beijing.
4. Beijing Douzhi (Bean Juice)
Douzhi, a kind of fermented juice made from mung beans (green beans), is a favorite drink among the native Beijing folks. It's cheap, sour, and first tastes like something gone bad. However, people who love it are crazy for it. It's nutritious and authentic, you must have a try.
5. Beijing Quick-fried Tripe
Locally called "Bao Dur" (爆肚儿), Quick-fried Tripe is one of the best examples of old Beijing local snack. It is also a kind of Muslim food. Tripe is from the stomachs of a bull or a lamb. It should be washed very clean, and then cut into stripes and put them into a pot of boiling water to cook thoroughly. By adding cooking oil, sesame sauce, Chinese vinegar, chili oil, bean paste and small pieces of vegetables, the dish is ready to serve. The Quick-fried Tripe is saucy and crispy.
6. Chaogan (Fried Pork Liver)
Chaogan is one of the famous traditional sancks in Beijing. Take the liver of the pig and the large intestine as the main ingredients, with garlic as the auxiliary material. The soup is bright and full of flavor and not greasy. How to enjoy Chaogan, well, sip around the bowl first and eat it with a dumpling.
7. Beijing Lvdagun (Rolling Donkey/Fried Chop Rice Cake)
'Lv' means Donkey in Chinese, and 'dagun' means rolling in Chinese. Lvdagun is a traditional Beijing sweet snack which is made from beans and rice flour, tastes especially good in winter and is a popular snack at Beijing's annual temple fairs. Because when donkey is rolling in the yellow land, its body is covered with dust, as if the paste is wrapped in yellow flour, it was named Lvdagun. It suits for all ages.
8. Wan-dou-huang (Beijing Pea-Flour Cake)
Wan-dou-huang is a snack made from peas which is usually eat in spring and summer. It is light yellow, delicate, and cool. The snack will be melted in your mouth as soon as you eat it. It was a favorite snack of the royal family since the Ming Dynasty. In summer, it will be an amazing snack to find against the heat. Don't hesitate to give it a try if you see street food vendors selling it.
Tangerduo literally means sugar ear. It's a fried sweet snack that gets its name from its shape (it looks like an ear). The popular winter snack in Beijing is served cold, and made of flour and sugar. Don't hesitate to give it a try if you find it. The sweetness will fully satisfy your taste bud.
10. Roasted Sweet Potato
Roasted sweet potato is one of the street snacks in Beijing and all over China with a long history. You have probably seen them in those barrel-shaped mobile ovens on the vendors' tricycles. Roasted and sold on the streets, the sweet and soft hot sweet potato is such a comfort snack in winter, and it is one of the street snacks you don't have to worry about the hygiene. Also, Sweet potato is rich in vitamin C and calcium. It's not only tasty but also good for your health.