Best Two Dumplings Restaurants in Beijing

If you are going to Beijing and would want to have some dumpling (饺子), you must patronise Bao Yuan Dumpling Restaurant and Xian Lao Man Dumpling Restaurant. These two dumpling restaurants served the best dumplings in Beijing. Continue reading Best Two Dumplings Restaurants in Beijing

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Beijing Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant, Home-styled Food

Beijing Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant (北京小王府) serves Beijing style home cooked food. There are a number of Beijing Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant in Beijing and I went to the one in the Ritan Park (日坛公园). It was located in a lovely park. Lots of residents in the area were enjoying the greens in the evening.

Xiao Wang's Home Restaurant at RiTan
Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant at RiTan

The restaurants has three levels, two indoors and on the roof was outdoor. If the weather is good, the roof top would be the best spot to enjoy both the food the scenery of the park. I chose to sit indoor.

I ordered the dumpling and my favourite Chinese Cabbage as mains. Both the dishes were extra delicious, very flavourful. The dumpling has a rich pork taste and the spring onions added increased and enhanced the flavours, while the Chinese Cabbage, the stock was well absorbed into the vegetable. The Chinese Cabbage was soft and very flavourful. I think the stock tasted like chicken and some preserved Chinese ham was added as well. It was extremely good.

Banana BaSi
Banana BaSi

I like BaSi very much and I rarely get this in Singapore. So I won’t missed the chance of having BaSi. I ordered the Banana BaSi. It was great. Not too sweet. The caramelised sugar and sesame together with the banana paired off so well. Yummy.

Xiao Wang's Home Restaurant - RiTan
Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant – RiTan

I have a great dinner at Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant. I will surely return for more when in Beijing.

 

Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant (小王府)
Ritan Park, Ritan Lu (Enter via North Gate of Park)
Chaoyang District
朝阳区日坛路日坛公园北门内
Tel: 8561 5985

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 1400, 1730 to 2200

Getting There

By Subway: Line 2 or 6 – Chaoyangment station (朝阳门站); Line 6 – Dongdaqiao station (东大桥站) [Enter via the north gate of Ritan Park]

Rating: 8.5/10

Beijing Noodle Bar, Great Beef Noodles

Before my trip to Beijing, I google the net for some good noodle places. I found the Noodle bar. There was numerous review and were rating it as Excellent so I went down to check it.

Entrance to Noodle Bar
Entrance to Noodle Bar

The shop is rather small and the menu is simple. They served mainly beef  noodles. There are only three choices with tendon, tripe or brisket.

Noodle Bar
Noodle Bar

The indoor seats were counter seats for 12 guests. You could see the chef making the noodles fresh for the customers. There are some outdoor seats as well, if you prefer.

Counter Seat, indoor
Counter Seat, indoor

I ordered the beef brisket noodles and a vegetable

Beef Noodles & Vegetables
Beef Noodles & Vegetables

You could add some condiments such as the chopped parsley to the noodles to enhanced the flavour.

Beef Noodle
Beef Noodle

The broth was great. I could taste the natural sweetness and the noodles were chewy and soft, not soggy. I love the radish most. It has absorbed the essence of the soup and it tasted so good.

Entrance to 1949 The Hidden City
Entrance to 1949 The Hidden City

This is definitely a must try place, if beef is not a food restriction for you. The restaurant is located in 1949 The Hidden City. In 1949 The Hidden City, there are many other restaurant. There is also a Chinese restaurant that serve great Peking Duck there.

 

Noodles Bar
1949: The Hidden city courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district (behind Pacific Century Plaza Gongti)
朝阳区工体北路4号院
Tel: 6501 1949

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2200

Getting There

By Subway: Line 10 – Tuanjiehu station (团结湖站)

Rating: 8.5/10

Hua’s Restaurant (花家怡园) In A Ancient Architecture, Siheyuan (四合院)

There are quite a number of Hua’s Restaurant in Beijing and along Guijie, there are three. We went to the Hua’s Courtyard Restaurant at Guijie Street (花家怡园 四合院店). The restaurant is in a siheyuan (四合院). Siheyuan is a historical residential architecture in China. The structure is mainly a square courtyard surrounded by one storey building with rooms. 

Hua's Restaurant (花家怡园)
Hua’s Restaurant (花家怡园)

In Hua’s Restaurant, there are nightly cultural performance as well. The best seats are in the courtyard, near the stage. I would strongly recommend these seats, eat while enjoying the performance, provided it is not during the hot summer or cold winter.

Cold Dish - Duck Meat with Cucumber and beans
Cold Dish – Duck Meat with Cucumber and beans

We ordered a few dishes, the cold dish, sweet sour fish, meat roll, chicken and the freshwater crayfish. The freshwater crayfish is a very popular dish in Gu Jie. It is usually served as a spicy dish (麻辣).

Meat Roll
Meat Roll

We ordered a dessert as well, but I forgotten to capture a photo.

Chicken
Chicken

The food is excellent, great ambience. You can savour the food while enjoying the architecture and performance.

Sweet and Sour Fried Fish
Sweet and Sour Fried Fish

Do make sure you make a reservation in advance as the courtyard seats are very popular.

Freshwater Crayfish
Freshwater Crayfish

 

Hua’s Courtyard Restaurant at Guijie Street (花家怡园 四合院店)
No.235 Dongzhimennei Street, Dong Cheng District, Beijing
北京市东城区东直门内大街235号

Tel: +86 (10) 5128 3315

Opening Hours

Daily 24hours

Getting There

By subway: Line 5 – Beixinqiao (北新桥站). Exit B. Walk about 100m from the exit.

Rating: 8/10

The Popular Hot Pot in Beijing China

Donglaishun Hot Pot (乐来顺) is a very famous hot pot shop in Beijing. It is Halal, good news for our Muslim friends.

Donglaishun Hot Pot Restaurant
Donglaishun Hot Pot Restaurant

Hot pot is an extremely popular food in China, which is enjoyed all year round but it is extremely popular during Autumn and Winter season. As you eat, you are seated at a boiling pot of soup and it will keep you warm.

Basically, the soup is contained in the Hot Pot and it boiling throughout while you eat. You will put in vegetables, meat, mushrooms, tofu, different type of beancurd skins into the boiling soup to cooked. When it is cooked, pick out the food and eat with or without sauces.

Hot Pot with boiling soup
Hot Pot with boiling soup

How do you order your Hot Pot? Firstly, you need to choose the type of Hot Pot. If I remember correctly, there are three types to choose from. The first is a normal looking hot pot which is silver in colour which is the cheapest and the second one is the one you see in the photo with same design and the third is ine with exquisite looking design hot pot. This is the most expensive one.

Hot pot Vegetarians Ingredients
Hot pot Vegetarians Ingredients

Next, you choose the ingredients, sauces and not forgetting the soup. When served, start “cooking” and enjoyed.

It is 1.4km away from the Hongqiao Pearl Market and opposite the Tiantan, so you can plan to drop by for lunch or dinner after or between the visits, kill three birds with one stone.

 

Donglaisun Hot Pot (东来顺)

91 Tiantan Rd, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100050 中国北京市北京东城区天坛路91号 Tel: 01067016992

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 0930 (Kitchen is closed between 1400 and 1800, so there is no cooked food, only hot pot is available during this period)

Getting There

By Bus: Alight at the bus stop before the North Entrance of Tiantan – 6,35,707,110,106 By Subway: Line 5 – Tiantandongmen station (天坛东门站)

Rating: 7.5/10

Cool and Contrast, Alba Café in Beijing China

Alba Cafe is situated at Gulou East Street (鼓搂东大街). Gulou East Street is perpendicular to Nanluoguxiang. When I step into the cafe, I was surprised to Continue reading Cool and Contrast, Alba Café in Beijing China

In Search of High Tea in Beijing, Capital M Beijing

Capital M Beijing high tea is very popular and it has pretty good reviews. I should test it out to find out myself.

I have always like high tea. Whenever I am in a city, I like to  Continue reading In Search of High Tea in Beijing, Capital M Beijing