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Beijing Top 10 Snack Shops

When traveling in Beijing, be sure not to miss the famous Beijing-style delicacies, such as luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧, pork lungs and intestines stewed with fried tofu and bread), soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝), and fried cream cakes (奶油炸糕). Below we have listed several famous Beijing shops that provide classic and authentic Beijing food.

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1. Huguo Temple Snack Stand (护国寺小吃店)

The snacks at Huguo Temple Snack Stand are a collection of street snacks from all over Beijing. After careful handling, they are shaped to be as pleasing to the eye as they are to the mouth. A great many customers like to go to this snack stand, and the lines can be long. The prices are very wallet friendly. The seasoned millet porridge (面茶) here is very delicious. Also, the sweet flour cake (墩儿饽饽), deep-fried date roll (枣卷馃), stewed ribs with ginger juice (姜汁插排), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), soy milk (豆汁) and sweetbread soup (杂碎汤) are strongly recommended. This location is popular among customers young and old. Because of the rich dishes, reasonable prices, and delicious tastes, Huguo Temple Snack Stand is highly spoken of by its customers.

  • Address: 93 Huguo Temple Street, Xicheng district (西城区护国寺大街93号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-66181705, 010-66181805
  • Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)

Recommended Dishes: Sweet flour cake (墩儿饽饽), deep-fried date roll (枣卷馃), stewed ribs with ginger juice (姜汁插排), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), soy milk (豆汁), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤)

Transportation:

  • Take subway Line 4 and get off at Ping'an Li Station (平安里车站).
  • Take Tram 83, 105 or 111 and get off at the north of Ping’an Li Station exit (平安里路口北).
  • Take Tram 111 or Bus 22, 38, 88, 409, 608, 609, 626 or 690 and get off at Huguo Temple Station (护国寺).
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2. Longfu Temple Snack Stand (隆福寺小吃店)

Longfu Temple Snack Bar is an authentic old Beijing store and is highly spoken of by its customers. The restaurant is decorated traditionally with old tables, chairs and washbasins. There are a lot of Beijing snacks available including fried crispy donuts (焦圈), honey dough twists (蜜麻花), deep-fried sweet roll dough (甜卷馃, 豌豆黄), cake with shredded coconut stuffing (椰蓉糕), and soybean flour cake (豆面糕), as well as a variety of other foods. If you go to Beijing in the summer, be sure to try the delicious traditional glutinous rice cakes (凉糕) and cold bean jelly (凉粉), a snack that helps to keep you cool. The roasted stuffed chitterlings (灌肠) are also quite famous, with a fresh inside and crispy outside. Add some garlic juice to the chitterlings for an even more delicious treat.

  • Address: 1 Fulong Temple Front Street, Dongcheng district (东城区隆福寺前街1号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tel: 010-64060668
  • Transportation: Take Bus 103, 104 or 803 and get off at the Art Museum Station (美术馆).

Recommended Dishes: Fried cream cake (奶油炸糕), pea flour cake (豌豆黄), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), quick-fried tripe (爆肚), lamb haggis soup (羊杂汤), fried cake (炸糕), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), bean flour balls (豆面丸子), sugar-roasted sesame buns (糖火烧), fried dough drops (炒疙瘩), soy milk (豆汁), deep-fried sweet roll dough (糖卷馃), eight-treasure porridge (八宝粥), bean-curd jelly (豆腐脑), cold mixed noodles (凉面), mutton kebab (羊肉串), and glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝)

3. Wonton Hou Guangqumen Branch (馄饨侯广渠门店)

This restaurant is quite popular among its customers. The wontons here are famous for a thin skin, as thin as paper, and delicious fillings, with three out of ten wontons with fat meat and the other seven filled with lean meat. Unlike dumplings, wontons are delicious not only because of the stuffing, but also for the delicately cooked wonton soup. It is difficult to have an authentic and classic taste, as just a little too much or too little salt can ruin the wontons. Wonton Hou has really mastered the technique of making this difficult dish. As a superior wonton restaurant, it will surely satisfy you. A bowl of wonton soup, plus a basket of steamed small dumplings, is a delicious and wallet-friendly meal.

The reason why Wonton Hou is so popular throughout Beijing is because of its delicate cooking methods and long history. Throughout its past, the restaurant has specialized in wontons and roasted sesame buns. All wontons are made on site and the chefs are so proficient that they can make more than 100 wontons in one minute. Two chefs can supply 3,000 people with wontons. The soup that the wontons are stewed in contains pork bone that is boiled for about six hours. The soup is thick, fragrant gravy -- but not oily. It is rich with calcium, which is a favorite style of the elderly. The seasonings are also abundant and varied, including seaweed, coriander, winter vegetable, and small dried shrimps among others.

  • Address: Cattycorner to the China Netcom Business Hall Guangqumen branch, Guangqumen Street, Chongwen district (崇文区广渠门内大街中国网通广渠门营业厅斜对面)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-67145521
  • Recommended Dishes: Wontons with pork stuffing (鲜肉馄饨), wontons with shrimp stuffing (虾肉馄饨), roasted sesame seed buns (烧饼), steamed pork dumplings (烧麦)
  • Transportation: Take Bus 13, 57 or 715 and get off at Anhua Road Station (安化路).

4. Xiaochang Chen Restaurant Fangzhuang Branch (小肠陈饭庄方庄店)

When it comes to the traditional snack luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), which is stewed pork lung, pork intestine, fried tofu and bread and is famous in Beijing and over all of China, we have to mention Xiaochang Chen Restaurant. The restaurant has more than 100 years of history. Its fourth-generation owners run the business well and innumerable customers come here daily to enjoy the shop’s specialty. The stew stock here is quite delicious and the roasted sesame buns are stewed for the perfect amount of time. Small as the restaurant is, it has a great many customers, and the boss is very enthusiastic and welcoming.

  • Address: Building 11, Area 3, Huandao Nanfangqun Garden, Fangzhuang, Fengtai district (丰台区方庄环岛南方群园三区11号楼)
  • Price: 50-100 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-67620251
  • Recommended Dishes: Luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), luzhu hot pot (卤煮火锅), Chinese cucumber salad (蓑衣黄瓜), crispy shell pork intestines (脆皮大肠), luzhu (卤煮)
  • Transportation: Take Bus 39, 43 or 705 and get off at Puhuangyu Station (蒲黄榆站).

5. Dongxing Baodu Zhang Qianhai Branch (东兴爆肚张前海店)

It is easy to find Baoduzhang restaurant, located in the bungalows on the east side of Shichahai's Front Lake area. You will notice the old Chinese time-honored brands in this antique house. The sheep or cow tripe is fresh because the meat is always prepared within 24 hours of butchering. The tripe is carefully washed and cut using traditional methods into thin strips. The mutton and beef tripe are carefully chosen from certain parts of the animal's tripe. Customers request which part they want, and each part is cooked to different lengths and temperatures.

The cooking techniques used here are developed uniquely by the Zhang family. The quick-fried tripe of Bao Du Zhang is carefully divided, with every 100 tripe making three plates of finished product. The well-cut tripe is quickly boiled in boiling water based on the chef’s intuition and experience, and the taste is remarkably different from that of other restaurants. The Zhang family seasonings were passed down through the generations and are allocated in certain proportions. Go just before dinnertime, around 4:30 - 5:00, in order to avoid the long lines that tend to form.

  • Address: 17 east side of Front Lake, Shichahai, Xicheng district (西城区什刹海前海东沿17号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Transportation: Take Bus 60, 82 or 124 and get off at South Drum Tower Station (鼓楼南)
  • Recommended Dishes: Quick-boiled tripe (爆肚), lamb haggis soup (羊杂汤), roasted sesame buns (烧饼), beef lung (百叶)

6. Qingfeng Baozi Pu Fuyou Branch (庆丰包子铺)

Qingfeng Baozi is one of the most famous baozi (steamed, stuffed buns) shops in Beijing with a very long history. The baozi here are characterized by a large size and significant amount of stuffing -- quite delicious. There are various kinds of buns which can meet your needs perfectly. The customers think the food here is of a good quality and reasonable price. Besides the baozi, there are also various traditional Beijing dishes such as fresh fried vegetables (素三鲜, fried mushroom with cucumber and cauliflower), fried liver (炒肝) and so on. A bowl of porridge or wontons plus several baozi will certainly satisfy you here.

  • Address: 85 Xi’anmen Street, Xicheng district (西城区西安门大街85号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-66175487
  • Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Transportation: Take Bus 103 or 109 and get off at Xi’anmen Fu Right Street Station (西安门府右街站).
  • Recommended Dishes: Pork with three delicacies baozi (猪肉三鲜包子), pickled vegetable baozi (梅干菜包子), minced pork and leek baozi (猪肉大葱包子), shelled fresh shrimp with cabbage baozi (虾仁菜心包子), fried liver (炒肝), purple rice porridge (紫米粥)

7. Ruibin Lou Restaurant (瑞宾楼)

Ruibin Lou is an authentic Beijing time-honored brand restaurant with a long history. Two waiters named Luo Huxiang and Hao Jiarui in Ruiming Lou Hotel (润明楼) - a large, popular hotel -cooperated together to open this restaurant at Qianmen Doorcase Hutong (前门门框胡同). Today the restaurant is widely known.

It specializes in Dalian fried buns (褡裢火烧, shaped like a satchel) and is cooked delicately. The dough must be kneaded perfectly, neither too hard nor too soft. The buns’ filling is a mixture of fat and lean meat, to which is added leeks and ginger. Finally, the buns are cooked with twice-boiled soup, which is boiled with pork leg and free-range chicken. It is shaped like a satchel, which is pronounced Dalian (褡裢) in Chinese. Once shaped, the buns will then be fried in the baking pan until golden brown. The cooking technique is quite difficult and delicate. The great environment and enthusiastic service of the restaurant are highly spoken of by the customers. There are various kinds of fillings for the buns, the skins are crispy and the filling mixture is not at all oily. Ordering several buns with a bowl of millet congee or hot and sour soup (酸辣汤) is a great experience. You can also find other Ruibin Lou branches at Shin Kong Place (新光天地), Nice Gate Snacks (九门小吃) and the Dazhalan area (大栅栏).

  • Address: Floor B1 Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang district (朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1楼)
  • Price: 30-50 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-63031100

Recommended Dishes: Dalian fried buns (褡裢火烧), pork-and-leek-filled Dalian fried bun (猪肉大葱馅褡裢火烧), three-delicacies Dalian fried bun (三鲜褡裢火烧), millet porridge (小米粥), hot and sour soup (酸辣汤), luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), fried stuffed chitterlings (灌肠), quick-fried tripe (爆肚)

8. Baikui Old-Brand Restaurant Longfu Square Main Branch (白魁老字号饭庄隆福广场总店)

Baikui is an old-brand Muslim restaurant that is especially famous for its braised mutton with soy sauce (烧羊肉). Another dish, called yi wo si (一窝丝), is a kind of stretched noodles that are exclusive to the restaurant, with a smooth and chewy taste. When eating Baikui's baked sweet wheat buns, you will taste the intense fragrance of the sesame sauce and brown sugar among its crispy thin layers. Roasted mutton (烧羊肉) is also popular here, with a golden appearance, crispy skin and tender taste. Baikui is like a traditional canteen, and you have to exchange meal tickets. You can return them if you don't use them all. Besides these dishes, there are various other delicately cooked dishes offered.

  • Address: 1 Longfu Square Front Street, Dongcheng district (东城区隆福广场前街1号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-84012373
  • Transportation: Take Bus 104 or 116 and get off at the Art Museum Station (美术馆站), or take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongsi Station (东四站).

Recommended Dishes: Fried cream cake (奶油炸糕), roasted mutton (烧羊肉), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤), quick-fried tripe (爆肚), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), pea flour cake (豌豆黄), fried cake (炸糕), soy milk (豆汁), mutton noodles (烧羊肉面), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), sugar-roasted sesame bun (糖火烧), fried dough drops (炒疙瘩), boiled sheep's head (白水羊头), tender meat (松肉), lamb kebab (羊肉串), Mending meat pie (门丁肉饼), bean-flour meatballs (豆面丸子), millet-flour pancakes (煎饼), cold noodles with sesame sauce (凉面)

9. Jinfang Restaurant (锦芳小吃)

This is a small restaurant mainly providing Beijing-style snacks and take-out like sugar-roasted sesame buns (糖火烧), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), fried cake (炸糕) and so on. What is especially popular is the rich variety of sweet dumplings with more than 10 kinds of fillings, including hawthorn, green plum, sweet osmanthus (桂花), sweetened bean paste, mixed stuffing, cream stuffing and shredded coconut stuffing. At Lantern Festival, expect a long line in front of the window, waiting to buy sweet dumplings. Fried cream cake dipped in sugar plus a bowl of purple rice porridge will certainly satisfy your appetite. Customers give high praise to the restaurant's high-quality food and reasonable prices.

  • Address: Taiji Factory Crossroad. Chongwen District (崇文区台基厂十字路口)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Recommended Dishes: Sweet dumplings (元宵), fried cream cake (奶油炸糕), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), soy milk (豆汁), pea flour cake (豌豆黄), glutinous rice cake (切糕)

10. Nanlaishun Restaurant Nancaiyuan Branch (南来顺小吃南菜园店)

There are a lot of snack stands around Nancheng district, and Nanlaishun Restaurant is one of the best. The restaurant has two floors: the first floor provides snacks and the second provides cooked dishes. The decoration is in the Muslim style, and the environment is clean. Among so many distinctive snacks, which include almost all of the traditional Beijing style snacks, the soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤), Mending meat pie (门钉肉饼) and glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝) are quite delicious. The fried dough twists are especially welcome to the customers, and the mutton kebabs are made with a high-quality and abundant quantity of meat.

  • Address: 12 Nancaiyuan Street, Xuanwu district (宣武区南菜园12号), to the south of the south gate of Daguan Garden (大观园西门南侧)
  • Price: 50-100 yuan per person

Recommended Dishes: Soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤), Mending meat pie (门钉肉饼), glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝), fried dough twists (馓子麻花)

Transportation:

  • Take Bus 53, 59, 63, 122, 458, 474, 717, 800, 939 or Yuntong Bus 102 (运通102) and get off at Daguan Garden Station (大观园站).
  • Take Bus 56 or 423 and get off at Daguan Garden West Gate Station (大观园西门站).

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