Top 5 must-try dishes in Beijing, China

As an ancient capital of China, Beijing, with three-millennium history, is renowned for its rich culture, art and architecture. Of course, it would be a mistake not to mention Beijing’s cuisine. For this 2nd most populous city in the world like Beijing, it has created a wonderland for different kinds of delicious food. Question is: which ones are must-try ones? Here is the check-list for top 5 specialties in Beijing that you have to taste at least once in your life.

  • Beijing roast duck

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If you come to Beijing without trying roast duck, you have wasted your whole trip. Roast duck is the key specialty in Beijing since the imperial era. The thin crisp duck skin with little meat, along with scallion, cucumber rolled around with pancake, eating with sweet bean sauce, Beijing roasted duck is in the list of “10 Foods around the world to try before you die” by The Huffington Post. Many restaurants will carve the roast duck skin by your table to serve you right away, and the rest of the meat will be chosen by you to cook another dish, usually fried rice or noodles.


  • Jing Jiang Rou Si — Shredded Pork in Beijing Sauce

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Originated from Beijing itself, Jing Jiang Rou Si can be considered as a “trademark” of the capital’s cuisine. The recipe of this dish is quite simple – sliced pork cooked in sweet bean sauce rolled in soya bean wraps. Have a taste and you will understand why this is one of the most popular dishes among “Beijingers”.


  • Zhajiang mian – Noodles with Soybean Paste

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Widely popular and inexpensive, Zhajiang main is loved by many generations in Beijing. The main ingredients include wide hand-pulled noodles and yellow soybean paste mixing with pieces of pork and vegetables. The sauce and vegetables are varied in different places in China, but the original taste is still remained, which make this dish is widely-loved by many Chinese people.


  • Donkey Burger

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“In Heaven there is dragon meat, on Earth there is donkey meet” – this is a well-known saying among the locals about Donkey burger. Originated from Hebei province as a local specialty since the Ming dynasty, Beijing notwithstanding has created its own taste for Donkey Burger. Commonly this dish will include shredded donkey meat and green pepper in huoshao – a Chinese-style hot crunchy bun.  Simple as it is, Donkey burger is popular not only in Beijing but also in the whole China. You can find anywhere, as a street food, or as a specialty in high-end restaurant.


  • Mongolian Hotpot

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With over 1000 years of history, Mongolian hotpot has been a popular dish especially in cool season. A common Mongolian will consistent of a large pot of seasoned boiling soup, with the ingredients include leg of lamb, vegetables and mushrooms. However, the ingredients of this dish is varied depending on the restaurants and the customers’ preference. Since Mongolian hotpot is a large dish, Chinese people usually have it with their family members in celebrations or for family bonding.




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