When it comes to Chinese cuisine, visitors to Beijing can find just about everything on offer, featuring a wide variety of tastes, textures and colours. It is common in Beijing to eat snacks sold at street stalls, so do what the Chinese do: take an evening stroll and try a little of everything as you walk along. For those brave enough to try something different, how about fried scorpion or grilled millipede?
Beijing roast duck (Beijing kaoya) – small slices of crispy duck dipped in hoisin sauce and usually wrapped in a pancake.
Mongolian/Beijing Hot Pot – a simple fondue with meat or seafood, cabbage and noodles.
Beijing Zhajiangmian – pork, noodles and vegetables served with zhajiang, a salty fermented soybean paste.
Spring rolls (chūn juǎn) – these come in all kinds of different forms and with a variety of fillings.
Jiaozi – dumplings filled with pork, cabbage or scrambled eggs that are then fried to create a wonderful crispy skin.
Chao Ge Da – a kind of fried pasta snack.
Chao Gan – a snack of stir-fried liver boiled with offal, garlic, soy sauce and starch.
Guang Chang – a pork sausage snack that is steam cooked, sliced and fried.
Tea is often served to you with food, but you can of course order water, soda, beer or wine as well.