Let’s begin with the most famous Peking duck, The Chinese have a famous saying: Visitors to Beijing must do two things: climb the Great Wall and eat Peking duck. Traditionally Peking duck has two ways to roast, we called “menlu roast duck” & “Gua-lu roast duck”, “Men-lu” means roasting is done in closed containers fired with crop stalks, “gualu” means the ducks are roasted directly over flames from fruit-tree wood.
And there are two most famous Peking duck restaurants in Beijing:
Quan Ju De (guan-lu roast duck) http://www.qmquanjude.com.cn/
Bian Yi Fang (Men-lu roast duck) http://www.bianyifang.com/
Also called “huo-guo” is a very popular food in China. In Beijing, there are thousands hotpot restaurants in all size. in a typical Beijing hotpot restaurant customers sit around a table , and waiters will place a hotpot on the table and fill the hotpot with water, when the water boils, they dip paper-thin slices of mutton in the water and , seconds later, get the cooked mutton out and mix them with a sauce that contains sesame butter, salted leek and a dozen other ingredients. People also cook frozen bean curd, Chinese cabbage and vermicelli in the hotpot.
The best Beijing hotpot restaurant is”
Dong Lai Shun http://www.donglaishun.com/
Royal Court Food
Beijing served as capital of more than 800 years, a very special cooking style formed gradually in Beijing, in this long period , we call it royal court cooking style. Now ordinary people in Beijing can easily enjoy food of this cooking style, which was formerly reserved for royals only. The royal court food is famous not only because of the super high quality of raw food but also because of great ambiance and decoration of the dining rooms.. And. Restaurants specializing in court food are not only meticulous about the quality of raw food selected, but lay great emphasis on the
The best restaurants offering court food are:
Fang Shan http://www.fangshanfanzhuang.com.cn/ (in Beihai Park)
Ting Li Guan http://www.tingliguan.com/ (in the Summer Palace)
Besides those we mentioned above, Beijing also has lots of folk snacks, such as: Douzhi, wandouhuang , lvdagun, chatang , and zhaguanchang and so on, all make mouth watering. After China open to the world, Beijing became an international metropolis, you can enjoy great food almost all around the world here.
Where to go :
Hu guo si Gourmet street
Location: No.96, Huguisi Street, Xichen District, 35 meters north to Pinganli subway station
Qianmen gourmet street
Location: go to Qianmen pedestrian street, jinyuhutong
Suzhou is a paradise for gourmets, with hundreds of years of culinary experimentation. Suzhou cuisine is light in taste and sweeter than neighboring Yangzhou’s Huaiyang Cuisine. Each course is individually prepared and the emphasis is on the use of quality ingredients and attention to detail meaning the dishes are all unique in color, aroma, shape and taste.
There are many signature dishes of Suzhou that make up a formal banquet Suzhou style and which are renowned throughout China. Squirrel-Shaped Mandarin Fish is the most famous, legendary both home and abroad. The Mandarin Fish is characterized by its lack of bones and the softness of its meat. The fish is cut into spikes resembling the fur of squirrel. The second dish of a typical Suzhou banquet is Whitebait Soup. Whitebait, noted for its soft texture, appears on the Suzhou fish market every fall. This delicious soup is seasoned with ham, bamboo slices, green vegetable leaves, and includes the whitebait’s liver. Biluo Shelled Shrimps are named after Bi Luo Chun tea, arguably the finest green tea in all of China. This dish is prepared using the tea to flavor the shrimp, allowing for a unique taste. The fourth dish on any menu is Cracking Eel Paste, where rice field eels are broiled, stir-fried or quick-boiled. The cracking refers to the sound of the oil having been served immediately after cooking. Watermelon Chicken is a dish that is braised and then marinated by using the watermelon. This allows a combination of both sweet and savory flavors.
In addition to these formal banquet dishes, Suzhou also has food from Taihu Lake which are called Taiihu Boat Dishes. Taihu Boat Dishes first appeared in the Tang Dynasty, over 1,000 years ago, when rich officials and merchants held banquets on boats so they could enjoy the beautiful scenery while dining. Since 1994, Boat Dishes have become a well established tradition in Guangfu town on the eastern bank of the Taihu Lake. There are now 13 magnificent boat restaurants along the fishing harbor offering wide varieties of fresh lake food. Steamed White Fish and Water Shield Soup with Egg Flakes are some of the best known dishes. White fish is a specialty of the Taihu Lake, steamed with shredded ginger and red and green peppers, it is a wonderful dish in texture, shape, aroma and of course, taste. Water Shield Soup with Egg Flakes is just as popular, especially as it is a nutritious soup while still being extremely appetizing.
Furthermore, Suzhou has various snacks, ideal for a tea break. Such as Dragon Head Sweet Potatoes with Sugar Juice, Gorgon Fruit with Osmanthus, Plum Blossom Cakes, and Boiled Lotus Roots with Osmanthus
Where to go :
Song He Lou Restaurant
Location: No. 141 Guanqian Jie
Wu Men Ren Jia Restaurant
Location: No. 31 Panru Xiang, Pingjiang District
Huang Tian Yuan pastry
Location :No. 86 Guanqian Jie