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
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.
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.
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.
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)
Tel: 8561 5985
Daily 1100 to 1400, 1730 to 2200
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]
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.
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.
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.
I ordered the beef brisket noodles and a vegetable
You could add some condiments such as the chopped parsley to the noodles to enhanced the flavour.
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.
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.
1949: The Hidden city courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district (behind Pacific Century Plaza Gongti)
Tel: 6501 1949
Daily 1100 to 2200
By Subway: Line 10 – Tuanjiehu station (团结湖站)
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.
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.
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).
We ordered a dessert as well, but I forgotten to capture a photo.
The food is excellent, great ambience. You can savour the food while enjoying the architecture and performance.
Do make sure you make a reservation in advance as the courtyard seats are very popular.
Hua’s Courtyard Restaurant at Guijie Street (花家怡园 四合院店)
No.235 Dongzhimennei Street, Dong Cheng District, Beijing
Tel: +86 (10) 5128 3315
By subway: Line 5 – Beixinqiao (北新桥站). Exit B. Walk about 100m from the exit.
Donglaishun Hot Pot (乐来顺) is a very famous hot pot shop in Beijing. It is Halal, good news for our Muslim friends.
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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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
Park Hyatt is located in Chaoyang area of Beijing has a lobby lounge on the 63rd floor of its hotel. Every city I visit, I will always looking for a good restaurant or cafe which is on a high floor that serve good food to dine in, to enjoy the view and to the food. It is Park Hyatt lobby lounge that I chose when in Beijing. Continue reading High Tea at Park Hyatt Beijing, China
This small little shop sells surprisingly delicious puff pastries and cakes. At any time, there was a small queue. The cream puff pastry comes in bit size and it is not too sweet. They sell some cakes and millefeuille like pastry as well. The bit size pastries were sold by weight while the bigger cakes were sold by per piece. The prices were pretty reasonable, value for money.
Beijing has quite a number of great Italian restaurant and Mercante, in my opinion, is one of the Italian restaurant in Beijing that whipped up great quality Italian food. Continue reading Mercante, Italian Dinner in Beijing