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Famous Snack Streets in Beijing - (1)

Traveling in Beijing, please do not miss the famous and characteristic snacks. Now, I introduce you some places gathered the famous Beijing foods.
Beijing Qianmen Street

No.1 Qianmen
Assembled with various old and famous restaurants, QInamen Street has become the one of the hot place in Beijing for tourists. As well as the Zhengyangmen, these famous and old restaurants experienced disturbances. Their signboards confirmed their long history. Although it not fired as other food street, Qianmen Street represents the catering culture of Beijing, also it is the must-visited place for tourists. Walking in this street, you could find the Quan Ju De Roast Duck, Dou YI Chu, Kaifeng Soup Dumplings, etc. They all have authentic tastes and long history. Bus 20, 203, 59, 66, 5, 120 arrive at Qianmen Street.

No.2 Guanganmen
Guanganmen Food Street starts from Liuliqiao Bridge to Hufangqiao Bridge. This area, famous along with the rebuilt of southern of Beijing, is a cate business street. Visited these restaurants in this street, you could find they are all famous for the spicy flavor, such as the Mala Youhuo, Li Father, etc. Close to Niujie Street, some Muslim restaurants also attract large number of guests. In addition, still there are some old and famous restaurants can be found easily in this street. Bus 620, 617, 19, 381, 390 arrived.

Pingan Avenue

No.3 Pingan Avenue
Pingan Avenue, a food street, witnesses the history. The business of transformed Pingan Avenue is not very flourishing as imaged. But the restaurants, along the Dongsi Shitiao Bridge, are lively usually. Owing to close the Lotus Market, many people like to have dinner in Pingan Avenue at night. After dinner, choose a bar in Houhai area by the way is an enjoyment. Built on the old address of imperial house, some restaurants in Pingan Avenue has some taste of history. With strong history color and cultural deposits, Pingan Avenue is fitful tourists who like the local Beijing foods and imperial dishes. Bus 13, 810, 68, 111, 701 arrived.

No.4 Fangzhaung
Fangzhuang Food Street becomes hot in recent years, because of the surroundings. With complete equipments and wide street, Fangzhuang Food Street gathered various dishes including Chinese restaurants and western restaurants. Bus 973, 434, 51, 627, 655 arrived.

No.5 Gui Street
Located at Dongzhimen area, Gui Street is the earliest hot food street in Beijing, also it is the best place for guests at deep night. The old Gui Street was famous all over the Beijing. Everybody wants to try it. But with the development of old city, many famous restaurants moved to other places. Although it is not flourishing as that time, the existed restaurants have strong popularity. Bus 106, 674, 24, 406, 635 arrived.

Still many hot places for catering, coming soon!

A Bite of Beijing (3) - Quan Ju De Roast Duck

Beijing traditional cate is one of the marks of Beijing traditional culture. This kind of glory roots in the respect it pays to history and the inappropriate it pays to times. Under the life style of high speed today, the craftsmanship of Beijing traditional cate like a historical museum, almost every procedure is accomplished by people personally and experienced cooks. Fussy procedure can make sure the integrity of the whole taste. One of the most representative cates is Peking Roast Duck.

Peking Roast Duck

As the first taste in China, Peking Roast Duck has famous all over the world. Built in 1864, Quan Ju De almost has become the pronoun of Peking Roast Duck. Among various roast duck shops, without any doubt, the Quan Ju De Roast Duck the boutique in boutique. The reason why the Quan Ju De Roast Duck is so delicious is the cook skills like sorting, process, etc.

Quan Ju De Roast Duck

The sorting of Quan Ju De Roast Duck is very careful and strict. The feeding time is 40 days exactly, because the taste of duck meat is best at this time. The skin of duck cannot fracture, must be complete. Even the immersion time must be kept in fixed time. After these sections, the ducks is more delicious and tender.

After hundreds of years, Quan Ju De (Qianmen) always insists the traditional craftsmanship – Roasted Duck in stove. Before grill, these ducks should deal in 28 careful processes. Cooks hang the sucks into the stove, slowly turn by fruit wood in half an hour, then the roast duck is successful. In tens of square meters, the air is fulfilled with the attractive smell.

Moved from the stove, Peking Roast Duck is purplish red in color and good smell. Before you enjoy the duck, you must appreciate the last unique technique of cooks – slice duck. Just the whole process of slice duck will let audiences praise greatly. In 5 minutes, this whole duck is sliced in 100 ~ 120 pieces, even every piece is connected. Eating the Peking Roast Duck is the most enjoyed time, lotus leaf pancakes, as thin as a cicada’s wings, is wiped tailor-made sweet sauce, mingled some golden duck meat. Looks so beautiful and delicious, can let you forget every problems.

Just see my introduction, you cannot enjoy the real Peking Roast Duck. Have a try in Quan Ju De, you are worth the Beijing tour.

A Bite of Beijing (2) - Instant-Boiled Mutton

History of the famous ancient Beijing instant-boiled mutton can be dated back to the Kublai, the fifth emperor in Yuan Dynasty. That time, the emperor expedited in southern. In winter, cooks have no time to make the traditional haricot during intense wars. In order to let soldiers have full power before fight, the cooks boiled water and put mutton into boiled water. The done mutton has good taste with seasoning. This dish got the heart of Kublai, so he popularized the instant-boiled mutton in the whole army. In 13 Century, Kublai entered and hosted Central Plains, then built capital in Beijing. He established the first minority regime in Chinese history – Yuan Dynasty. At same time, he brought the delicious foods to Beijing from grassland. Instant-boiled Mutton is one of them. During 100 years ruled by the Mongoloid, the gene of Mongoloid delicious foods plant into the Beijing catering culture deeply.

Instant-Boiled Mutton

After 100 years, the Zhu Yuanzhang, an ordinary people, established the Ming Dynasty instead of Yuan Dynasty. The power of Mongoloid built in cutlery and perished in cutlery. Only the cate of Mongoloid was kept in Beijing. After 300 years, the Ming Dynasty also was destroyed in wars, and the Manchu in northeastern came to Beijing, even built the second minority regime – Qing Dynasty. Same as Mongoloid, the fight motored by Manchu brought the large number of people in Manchu. At same time, they also added new elements to Beijing catering culture. The Kublai brought the mutton cuisines, and the Hong Taiji riched the recipe of ordinary people in Beijing. Manchu is one of the minorities rise the pig. May be the influence of pork is less than mutton, but the snacks of Manchu changed and refigured the structure of snack of Beijing thoroughly.

Today, if you are familiar with the Beijing snacks, you would know that they were brought to Beijing by Manchu, such as pea cake, snowballing usury, bean juice, etc. Taste these snacks and characteristic cate, Wangfujing Snack Street and Donghuamen Night Market are ideal places for tourists. In fact, not every kinds of cate produced in fight, some born in love.

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