Beijing Food


Beijing food belongs to a broader category in China known as northern food. This category includes dishes from Hebei, Shandong, the lower Yangtze River, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang.

Northern methods of cooking include barbecuing, deep-boiling, roasting, smoking, and braising. Local products such as leeks, pork, spring onions, bean sauce, chilies and vegetables, particularly the northern white cabbage, together with all types of meats and seafood are used to make many varieties of gourmet dishes.

All of the foods below can be found in Beijing restaurants. Our Beijing tours, almost without exception, include a chance to eat roast duck. You can request to eat any one of these tasty dishes, or anything else you would like to eat, when customizing your tour with our travel advisors.

Beijing Roast Duck – Peking Duck

quanjude roast duck at fangzhuang

Beijing roast duck is the epitome of Beijing cuisine and is well known both at home and abroad. The dish is mostly esteemed for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly skin and little meat.

Bifengtang Prawns

This dish is prepared by frying prawns in oil until golden red. Then they are cooked with Hong Kong's Bifengtang restaurant chain's special techniques. This dish is delicious and slightly spicy, with a pungent garlic aroma.

Gong Bao Ji Ding

Gong bao ji ding or kung pao chicken is a spicy chicken dish with peanuts and vegetables. For some reason this dish is never the same from one restaurant to another. Perhaps this adds to its appeal, as it is very popular with foreigners.

Tudou Si - Shredded Potato

This dish is for potato lovers. The potatoes are stir-fried with green peppers and seasoning, and can be served hot or cold.

Noodles with Soybean Paste

Noodles with soybean paste, also called zha jiang mian, is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus it is not expensive at all.

Zha jiang mian has three main ingredients: wide hand-pulled noodles, vegetable pieces, and pork. Local Beijing people, especially the elderly, like to eat hot noodles in the cold weather and cold noodles in hot weather.

Vegetables vary seasonally, but there are never less than seven kinds.

Mongolian Hotpot

Mongolian hotpot has a history of over 1,000 years, and has become popular throughout most of China. Mongolian hotpot originated from the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368).

Rolling Donkey

Rolling Donkey refers to a kind of traditional Beijing snack, also known in southern China as Rolling Horse (ma da gun), with a soft skin made of glutinous rice flour and a red bean stuffing.

Tuckahoe Pie

Tuckahoe pie is a traditional paper-thin snack in the shape of a full moon, popular in Beijing.  

According to a legend, tuckahoe pie originated in the South Song Dynasty (1127–1279), and the preparation method and the required equipment are well documented. The herb tuckahoe has many medical effects, and therefore it is popular with Chinese people, especially women and the elderly.

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Questions and Answers About Beijing Food

chee hwei fang 2012-07-21
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is there any vegetarian food in beijing ''s restaurant? is it convenient for vegetarian people to go there?
shel bailey 2012-03-06
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Where can I find donkey restuantant inBeijing
Name: Donkey Reataurant (驴肉馆) Address: 4 Haiding South Road, Haidian District (海淀区海淀南路4号) Tel: 010-62553328 Lynn Ye replied on 2012-03-09
Dorothy Cheng 2012-02-01
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Is Beijing also known for its dimsum/dumplings (such as Xiao Long Bao) or just for the Peking Duck? Could you recommend a great dimsum place that's not overly expensive.
Guangzhou and Hongkong have much more dimdums than that in Beijing. In Shanghai Lao Restaurant (上海老饭店), there are delicious Xiao Long Bao (Chinese name is 南翔小笼包), the restaurant is located in Floor 18, Zhongshang Mansion, 5 Sanlihe East Road, Xicheng District (西城区三里河东路5号中商大厦18楼), the telephone is 010-68587777 or 68524007. Lynn Ye replied on 2012-02-03
Ganpatsinh chudasama 2011-10-25
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is there Indian Vegetarian food available
bob 2011-01-06
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Do you serve cat?
We do not arrange such food for our customers. JeanFu replied on 2011-01-09
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