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Chao Ma Doufu: Breakfast in Old Beijing

Chao ma doufu (stir-fried tofu) is among the numerous Chinese breakfast favorites we’ll sample on our morning breakfast tour in old Beijing.

Zhang Mama

When a menu is written only in Chinese characters, it presents a language barrier for foreigners. When a restaurant offers a Mandarin-only menu and requires […]

Jianbing: Breakfast Crepes in Beijing

Jianbing are Beijing’s ubiquitous breakfast crepes, perhaps the city’s most popular morning snack. It’s available with a dazzling variety of toppings, and prominently featured in […]

Baijiu in Beijing

Baijiu, which translates literally as “white alcohol,” is a clear spirit made predominately from sorghum, although glutinous rice, maize or other grains can also be […]

Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu

Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu was locally famous in Beijing for years, then U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew turned the sprawling dumpling house into a […]

Boiling Hot Pot in Beijing

Hot pot is a Chinese favorite and among the culinary treats waiting to be enjoyed on our Beijing dinner walk.

Breakfast in Beijing

Douhua, a tofu pudding, is a breakfast staple in Beijing, and among the many morning treats that one may enjoy on our Breakfast in Beijing’s […]

Tan Hua Roast Lamb Leg

Inner Mongolia is famous in China for its lamb and all the different ways it’s prepared there, whether it’s braised lamb spine or thinly sliced […]

Pang Mei Mian Zhuang

“Can you eat spice?” the waitress asked after taking our order. Her hand hovered hesitantly over the cash register.

Bean Week

Slippery cellophane noodles, crunchy sprouts, wobbly jelly, starchy cake, sweet porridge, crispy crêpe, sour fermented drink, a lamb-oil splattered mash: these are just a few […]

January 5, 2017

Zhang Mama: Spicy Lady

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Beijing -- When a menu is written only in Chinese characters, it presents a language barrier for foreigners. When a restaurant offers a Mandarin-only menu and requires diners to handwrite their order in characters, that molehill becomes an actual mountain. Read more
Dive deep into dumplings and more on our new Beijing walks!
October 20, 2016

Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu: Dumpling Rainbow

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Beijing -- Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu was locally famous in Beijing for years, then U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew turned the sprawling dumpling house into a Chinese viral sensation when he lunched there in 2013. Read more
October 2, 2016

Breakfast in Beijing

By Culinary Backstreets
Beijing -- Douhua, a tofu pudding, is a breakfast staple in Beijing, and among the many morning treats that one may enjoy on our Breakfast in Beijing's Backstreets walk!
September 22, 2016

Tan Hua Roast Lamb Leg: DIY BBQ

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Beijing -- Inner Mongolia is famous in China for its lamb and all the different ways it’s prepared there, whether it’s braised lamb spine or thinly sliced marbled cuts dip-boiled in a hotpot. Read more
January 28, 2015

Bean Week: Beijing's Mighty Mung Bean

By Lillian Chou
Beijing -- Slippery cellophane noodles, crunchy sprouts, wobbly jelly, starchy cake, sweet porridge, crispy crêpe, sour fermented drink, a lamb-oil splattered mash: these are just a few of the many forms that the humble, versatile mung bean can take. Read more