Now to share the all-important food log from my trip to Beijing. I tried more new things than I can keep track of, but among the more notable ones were chicken feet, raw beef, durian fruit, purple mangosteen fruit, and snails. Soojin is Korean, so I also had Korean food regularly, especially some home cooked breakfasts. I'd say the exploration of food was one of the best parts of the trip!
Beijing Food 2014
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- great stuff. I'm off out to Beijing in September,would really appriciate your insight into where the best places are to eat out?Jun 15, 2014
- My friend works in the restaurant business and so we went to a lot of fairly upscale places in Beijing. If you're traveling on a budget and/or want a more authentic experience of what locals live like, I might hesitate to recommend them. But anyway, here is a short summary:
The Taiwanese place with the pig's knuckles is called Bellagio (like the casino).
The dim sum place where I tried chicken feet was Lei Garden.
The noodle place is called MianGuan (or Noodle Shop). It's in a shopping mall in Sanlitun. This place is actually quite affordable and is popular with younger folks.
I ate roast duck at Xiao Wang's, which has several locations in Beijing.
The hot pot place is called HaiDiLao. They're famous for having impeccable service. If you order the noodles, you can pay a small amount extra and someone will come by your table and do a performance while they stretch out the noodle in front of you by swinging it around like a lasso!
The famous dumpling place was Din Tai Fung, which is in an expensive shopping mall.
The names of the Korean restaurants I went to (which my friend Nicholas helps to run) are AiJiangShan (very upscale, where I tried the raw beef) and Chuanzuo (a more casual bar, but still pricey for locals).Jun 16, 2014
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