Numerous traditional restaurants in Beijing are credited with great contributions in the formation of Beijing cuisine, but many of them have gone out of business as time went by. However, some of them are still flourishing today.
2017 ‘A Taste of Beijing’ Food Map for Travelers (abbr. Food Map) was released on Nov. 28, 2017. Here some time-honored brands in Beijing recommended by the Food Map.
Founded in 1903, Donglaishun Restaurant is famous for its traditional flavor Instant-boiled Mutton hotpot. Boiled in distinctive copper pots over white-hot charcoal, the mutton features fresh and tender in texture without any other spices apart from a few green onion and ginger.
By virtue of high-quality and thin-sliced strips of meat, excellent flavor and exquisite tableware, Donglaishun was approved as the China’s Century-Old Restaurant.
Address: No.198 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Meiweizhai is a Chinese time-honored brand with history of 61 years. It is a well-known restaurant specializes in Shanghai cuisine and has gained popularity among the old generation in Beijing. The smell from the kitchen reminds you of Shanghai flavors in old times with stir-fried shredded eel, sweet and sour pork ribs, stir-fried shrimps and sweet and sour pork ribs.
After renovated in 2016, Meiweizhai has enjoyed high reputation for its exquisite delicacies, delicious tastes, excellent cooking methods and responsible service. Various signature dishes are highly praised by customers, such as stir-fried shredded eel, and sweet and sour pork ribs, shengjian (small, pan-fried steamed buns) and so on.
Address: No. 167, Guang’anmen Inner Street, Xicheng District
Hailed as the top of the Big Eight Shandong Restaurants in Beijing, Dongxinglou has been loved by Beijingers for over a century. It distinguishes itself from other spicy crayfish restaurants on Guijie by classic Beijing foods such as fish in wine-flavored sauce, deep fried meat balls and braised sea cucumber with scallion.
Address: No. 5 Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District
Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant is the most famous roast duck restaurants in Beijing. Every duck in the restaurant is numbered and marked with its source to ensure the duck’s quality. In addition, you can appreciate the amazing process of cutting ducks by chefs. The Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant in Wangjing Subdistrict is the prominent one among all chains.
Address: No. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Yuhuatai Restaurant, founded at Beijing’s Wangfujingin 1921, is known for its excellent cooking of fish, shrimp and crab dishes. NowadaysYuhuatai Restaurant carries on its tradition to focus on the main material anddegree of heating, as well as different cooking methods in all four seasons. Apartfrom the eastern Chinese cuisine, the restaurant also serves homely dishesoriginated from various parts of China. Popular and mouth watering BeijingRoast Duck is available, too.
Address: Building No. 23, Yuzhongxili, Madian,Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 010 – 62004206/ 62005950
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