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Beijing's most authentic eateries are often humble hole-in-the-wall joints that prize flavor over decor. Better than the city's upscale food scene, such experiences as hotpot, street vendors, and the occasional donkey burger will give you a great appreciation for true Beijing cuisine.
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Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Xicheng, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
On our last day in Beijing, we went to a mutton hotpot restaurant in an Islamic restaurant named Dong Lai Sung for our farewell party. It's a Mongolian establishment, with more than 100 years of history. The style of hotpot here is very different,...
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"Guijie" street is lined with hole-in-the-wall hot pot places. It's also home to one of my favorite courtyard restaurants, Huajiayiyuan 花家怡园, which serves some of the best Peking roast duck in the city. There's even a kung-fu noodle master and tea...
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Haidilao is just as famous for what happens before dinner—those waiting for a table get free snacks and drinks, complimentary manicures, and their shoes shined, as well as access to board games and toys—as for the Sichuan hot pot it serves. With...
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21 Dongsi 12th Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Having donkey meat for lunch might sound as appealing as the scorpion kebabs for sale in Dong'anmen market but there are some important differences. First of all, the scorpions are for tourists. Second, and more importantly, Wang's donkey burgers...
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Dong An Men Da Jie, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
After an aimless walk through the calm hutongs in the centre of Beijing, we suddenly came to a crowded night market. It was only one row of food stalls, but it stretched for several hundred meters! Among other things, you can find more unusual...
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Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100006
One of my all-time favorite things about China was the candied fruit that was available in every night market. This was in WangFuJing in the very center of the city. Kebabs of grapes, kiwi, plums, crabapple, and much more, all dunked in hot sugar...
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Pudusi Back Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Never leave a country before you taste its street food—there will many differences from one country to the next, but it's always tempting while wandering the streets and a good way to better understand local culture. Donghuamen Night Market is...