Besides the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City, Beijing also has a myriad food for the foodie traveller to revel in. Although food in Beijing is known to be generally much more salty and oily than what most of us are used to, due to the fact that the Chinese living in Northern China prefer dishes that are stronger in flavour, this is not to say that every food item in the capital city of China is salty and oily. While in Beijing for a few months, Traveller Jaslyn Lim tried many different Chinese dishes and snacks. She shares with us her discoveries.
What are some of the food from Beijing that travellers are recommended to try?
There are lots of them! Just to name a few, the 北京烤鸭 (Peking duck), 糖醋里脊 (Sweet and Sour pork), 流沙包子 (Buns with fillings), 枣糕 (Date cake), 合菜卷饼 (Vegetable wrap)煎饼 (Fried pancake), 宫保鸡丁(Kung Bao chicken), 冰糖葫芦 (Candied Haw in a stick), 水煮鱼 (Steamed fillet whitefish)，烤鱼，桂林米粉(Gui Lin Bee Hoon) and 冰粥 (Ice shavings with toppings) are all must-try.
Most of them originated from China, however there are 1 or 2 that came from other countries. For instance, the ice shavings with toppings are a form of dessert which was brought in from Taiwan. The list never ends when it comes to yummy food in Beijing!
Out of all that you have mentioned, what is one food that travellers should not miss?
流沙包子. It is a steamed bun with hot fillings that ooze out as you slowly pry it open. The combination of the soft texture of the steamed bun and the hot fillings of mixed vegetables and meat is perfect. Even though this might not have originated from China, the Chinese restaurants in Beijing are really good at making them.
How much does an average meal cost in Beijing?
Expect to pay about 20RMB to 30 RMB for a decent meal. I guess that is quite affordable to get a decent meal or even an above average meal here in China!
What are some nice snacks that travellers can bring back for their family and friends?
I would recommend 枣糕, the date cakes, and 北京烤鸭, Peking duck!