If you are having a Beijing package tour,the food of Beijing is a must try.Our Beijing travel guide will give you some information about Beijing cuisine,making your Beijing tour easier.
Beijing cuisine has salty, rich flavors. Pork and mutton have been represented in Beijing cuisine since the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty especially as a result of the dietetic influence of the Mongol and Manchus. Beijing cuisine has been also much influenced by culinary traditions from all over China, especially from Shandong cuisine, one of the eight cuisines in China. Now Beijing food does not stress strangeness or uniqueness, only delicious food made from common ingredients with tastes that are very agreeable. Beijing Duck is the number one yummy food in Beijing. Of course, Beijing offers more than its local Beijing cuisine. You can find almost all the cuisines here coming from other parts of China or foreign countries - French food, American food, Japanese food, British food, German food, Indian food, Muslim food and much more.
Peking Duck is certainly the most famous and distinctive cuisine of Beijing. The roast duck is said to originate from Chinese southern regions. The first roast duck restaurant is said to be established in 1614 during the Ming Dynasty. Currently two oldest restaurant chains, Quanjude and Bianyifang, are the most renowned places to have authentic ducks. In those places, eating fatty roast duck slices wrapped in paper-thin pancakes with sweet bean sauce and cucumber cubes is certainly a pleasant culinary experience for everyone. Peking Duck has the reputation of being the most delicious food in the world. The Chinese have a saying: Visitors to Beijing must do two things: climb the Great Wall and eat Peking duck. While at Quan JuDe(全聚德), ducks are roasted directly over flames from fruit-tree wood, at Bian Yi Fang roasting is done in closed containers fired with crop stalks. The best places to go for Peking Duck are Qianmen（前门）, Hepingmen（和平门） and Wangfujing（王府井）.
Royal Court Food
Over 800 years when Beijing served as the nation's capital, a cooking style catering to the royal court developed into a major school on a par with other national cuisine. Today, ordinary people can sample food of this cooking style, which was formerly reserved for royals only. The best restaurants offering court food are Fang Shan in Beihai Park and Ting Li Guan in the Summer Palace. Restaurants specializing in court food are not only meticulous about the quality of raw food selected, but lay great emphasis on the ambiance and decoration of the dining rooms. Feast of Complete Manchu-Han Courses (Man Han Quan Xi) One evening in early 1993,35 Chinese and foreign tourists clad in clothes that made them the look-alikes of a Qing emperor, his queen, his concubines and court officials filed into the Fang Shan Restaurant. They were the fifth group to sample Man Han Quan Xi（满汉全席）, or Feast of Complete Manchu-Han
Mutton Hot Pot
Mutton hot pot was originated from Chinese ethnic nomadic groups. With a history of over 1000 years, the hot pot has become popular throughout most of China. The making of the cuisine follows strict and refined rules. With rich nutrition and fantastic taste, it contains the protein and various vitamins for human body. It also has medical effects such as nourishing the liver and kidney, restoring the energy and lubricating the intestines. It can strengthen the body, improve the complexion and protect the skin if eaten regularly as well. Mutton hot pot is superb feast for a number of people to share, chat and share drinks over. People can taste this authentic lamb hot pot at many spots in Beijing, including Donglaishun Restaurant.
Rolling Donkey refers to a kind of traditional Beijing snack, also known in south area of China as Rolling Horse (Ma Da Gun), with soft skin made of glutinous rice flour and the stuffing made of red pea. Actually speaking, it refers to a kind of cake made with steamed glutinous millet or steamed sticky rice, filled with red pea, and then drizzled over with fried bean flour. Having been cut into blocks, the cakes will be rolled in soybean flour before being served, hence the name. The cake taste sweet and sticky with a strong fragrance of fried bean-flour.
Beijing Bean sauce noodles
Noodles with Soybean Paste, also called Zha Jiang Mian, is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus, it is not expensive at all. Zha Jiang Mian is consists of three main materials. They are wide hand-tossed noodles, vegetable pieces as well as pork. Local Beijing people, especially elder ones like to eat hot noodles in the cold days and to eat cold noodles in hot weather. According to different seasons, vegetable pieces are served in various types but always no less than seven kinds. In terms of nutrition, pork is rich in protein and essential fatty acids, both of which can improve iron status in iron deficiency anemia. At the same time, noodles possess characteristics of improving digestion and absorption. With a large number of Vitamin C in vegetables, Zha jiang mian is a really good choice for you.
Beijing food really attract people from all over the world,if you are interested in it,don't forget to have a try during your Beijing tour.
Old Trademark of Beijing
Lao zihao ("Old Trademark") refers to a trade name (generally three characters in length) for extant Chinese shops of historical prominence. While not indicated by the name, Lao zihao is usually used for those shops originating in the Beijing area after the capital was relocated in the Ming Dynasty. Those shops with origins from other regions of China are classified as 中华老字号 (Old Chinese Trademarks). Many of the shops have a history of well over 400 years, and in modern times have begun to expand via mass commercialization of their staple products.
全聚德 -- Beijing Roast Duck restaurant 东来顺 -- hotpot restaurant 都一处 -- restaurant famous for its shaomai 便宜坊 -- another competing roast duck restaurant 狗不理 -- baozi restaurant(invented in Tianjin,another city near Beijing) 馄饨侯 -- wonton (hundun) restaurant 六必居 -- sells various preserved vegetables and sauces 荣宝斋 -- sells various works of art (notably wallscrolls)
Restaurant serving hours are usually from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00. It is not customary to tip waiters in restaurants of Beijing, but some top-class restaurants may charge 10% to 15% extra service fees. Both cash and credit cards can be used to check in grand and mid-range restaurants.
After reading this article, you must be very fond of Beijing food. So why not have a trip to Beijing, China to experience the simon-pure Beijing food!