As its name implies, Xixia Hui People's Steamed Dumplings Restaurant is famous for its specialty steamed dumplings and other halal dishes such as crispy and tender spicy roasted lamb chops. The restaurant develops its reputation for the food it provides with full measure, and the prices are available to see. The restaurant is not very large but looks bright with its French windows.
Chinese name: 西夏回族烧卖馆 Xixia Huizu Shaomai Guan
Recommended dishes: deep-fried marinated beef fillet (锅包肉), fried and simmered beef tenderloin (扒肉条), mutton soup (羊汤), fried mutton/beef pie (馅饼), spicy roasted lamb chops (飘香羊排), Xixia-flavored assorted vegetables (西夏大伴菜), roasted leg of lamb (烤羊腿), scalded lamb tripe (水爆肚), and Sichuan-style hot pot (川锅).
Average price per person: 34 yuan
Address: 29 Peony Street, Chaoyang District 朝阳区牡丹街29号
Transportation: Take bus 156 or 282; get off at Peony Street (Middle).
Universe Hui People's Restaurant
Universe Hui People's Restaurant is an old Muslim restaurant that primarily serves authentically delicious dishes as well as snacks. The dishes here are simply amazing and the two-story restaurant sometimes gets crowded with many people waiting in line for their food. The restaurant provides a pleasant and relaxed dining environment through its elaborate decorations including its wonderful ethnic paintings, soft orange lighting, and clean and neat seating.
Chinese name: 四海回族饭店 Sihai Huizu Fandian
Recommended dishes: roasted lamb chops (烤羊排), mutton soup (羊汤), fried and simmered beef tenderloin (扒肉条), scalded lamb tripe (水爆肚), deep-fried marinated beef fillet (锅包肉), Universe-flavored assorted vegetables (四海大伴菜), crispy fried chicken (香酥鸡), fried mutton/beef pie (馅饼), sizzling fried mutton on toothpicks (铁板牙签肉), Shaomai/steamed dumplings with the dough gathered on the top (烧麦).
Average price per person: 45 yuan
Opening hours: 9am–11pm
Address: 660 Advance Avenue, Chaoyang District 朝阳区前进大街660号
Transportation: Take bus 162, 202, 213 or 243, and get off at Huguang Lu (Huguang Road/湖光路).
Yuan Sheng Ju Restaurant
Yuan Sheng Ju Restaurant looks ordinary but it is well-known for its special mutton hot pots and other halal dishes. The mutton is boiled in a special purple copper pot with charcoal, to keep it fresh and tender, and the sesame sauce which is added is tasty and fragrant. In addition to its delicious food, the restaurant is also popular for its considerate service.
Chinese name: 元盛居 Yuan Sheng Ju
Recommended dishes: mutton hot pot (涮羊肉), cuttlefish balls (墨鱼丸), pickled sweet garlic (糖蒜), pickled Chinese cabbage (酸菜), thin mushrooms (金针菇), dried bean curd (豆皮), and handmade noodles (手擀面).
Average price per person: 51 yuan
Address: 13 Xinmin Avenue, Chaoyang District 朝阳区新民大街13号
Tel: 0431-85674218, 0431-85619338
Transportation: Take bus 258; get off at Guilin Lu (Guilin Road/桂林路).
Lee's Mutton Restaurant Hunchun Street Branch
Lee's Mutton Restaurant Hunchun Street Branch is the second Muslim-style restaurant of Lee's. It is a good place for those who like Muslim-style dishes. As its specialty, the lamb chops roasted with charcoal dish is popular for its full measure and pleasant taste. Hunchun Street Branch is decorated elegantly, which creates a good dining ambience.
Chinese name: 李记羊城珲春街店 Liji Yangcheng Hunchunjie Dian
Recommended dishes: lamb sweetbread (羊杂汤), stewed fish and lamb soup (鱼羊炖锅), scalded lamb tripe (水爆肚), sesame seed cake (烧饼), braised tofu in brown sauce (烧豆腐), and fried and simmered beef tenderloin (扒肉条).
Average price per person: 32 yuan
Address: Building 7, Hunchun Street, Nanguan District 南关区珲春街7号楼
Transportation: Take bus 241; get off at Zhishan Lu (Zhishan Road/至善路).