Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Beijing is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Beijing to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Boiled Lamb Tripe (Bao Du, 爆肚): cooked lamb tripe served with an assortment of dipping sauces.
- Fuling jiabing (茯苓夹饼): a pancake-like snack made from flour, sugar, rolled around nuts, honey, and fuling.
- Mung Bean Milk (Dou Zhi, 豆汁): a grey-green colored milk dish with sour and a little sweet taste.
- Spring Rolls (Chun Juan, 春卷): fresh vegetables wrapped in a thin pan-cake and deep fried in cooking oil.
- Stir-Fried Pork Liver (Chao Gan, 炒肝): boiled pork intestine.
- Tea Soup (Chatang, 茶汤): a seasoned flour mush made from sorghum flour and/or broomcorn millet and/or proso millet flour and glutinous millet flour.
- Vermicelli Balls Soup (Qing Tang Wan Zi, 清汤丸子): vermicelli, sesame paste, chili oil, green onion, and ginger.
- Beggar's chicken (叫化鸡): baked, stuffed and marinated chicken wrapped inside layers of lotus leaf, parchment paper/wax paper and mud.
- Fried sauce noodles (Zha jiang mian, 炸酱面): wheat noodles topped with diced fresh vegetables and a thick mixture of ground pork stir-fried.
- Hot Pot (Huo guo, 火鍋): a simmering metal pot of stock in which meats and vegetables can be dipped.
- Instant-boiled mutton (涮羊肉): thin sliced mutton cooked in a hot-pot.
- Peking Duck (or Peking Roasted Duck, 北京烤鸭): roasted duck with sweet bean sauce, green onions, and thin crepes or steamed wheat-flour "lotus buns".
- Peking Pork (Jing Du Pai Gu, 京都排骨): crispy boneless pork strips marinated in a sweet red sauce and fried in peanut oil.
- Pork Joint Stewed with Rock Sugar (Bintang Zhouzi, 冰糖肘子): steamed and boiled pork joint, marinated in a sauce made of rock sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and cooking wine.
- Shao mai (烧卖): steamed dumplings with various fillings.
- Shredded pork in Beijing sauce (京酱肉丝): shredded pork fried and cooked with sweet-bean sauce.
- Soft fried tenderloin (软炸里脊): sliced pork tenderloin soaked in a mixture of rice wine and salt, wrapped into a paste made of egg white and flour.
- Steamed Silver Thread Buns (Yin si juan, 银丝卷): steam cooked pastry.
- Kidney bean rolls (Yun Dou Juan, 芸豆卷): desert made of kidney bean paste and red bean paste.
- Lotus Seed Porridge (Lian Zi Zhou, 蓮子粥): a sweet rice porridge with lotus seeds.
- Pea Flour Cake (Wan dou huang, 豌豆黄): white-pea flour cake.
- Rolling Donkey (Lu da gun, 驴打滚): cake made of rice-flour and red bean paste with a touch of soybean flour.
- Steamed Cone-shaped Cake (Aiwowo, 艾窝窝): a sticky rice dumpling with sweet fillings.
- Stir fried hawthorn (Chao Hong Guo, (炒红果): Chinese hawthorn, ginger powder and sugar.
- Deep Fried Bread Twists (You tiao, 油条): a long, golden-brown, deep fried strip of dough.
- Deep Fried Insects: deep fried scorpions, starfish, silk worms, dung beetles and others.
- Lamb Kebabs (yangrou chuanr, 羊肉串): small pieces of meat on skewers roasted over charcoal or, sometimes, electric heat.
- Pan Fried Pancakes (Jian Bing, 煎饼): a flat piece of crispy fried dough mixed with eggs and green onions.
- Shaobing (烧饼): baked, layered flatbread, usually with sesame on top and fillings in the middle.
- Steamed Bun (Baozi, 包子): steamed bun filled with a variety of fillings, usually meat or vegetables.
- Tanghulu (or Bing Tanghulu, 糖葫芦): candied haw on a stick.
- Tea Egg (Cha Ye Dan, 茶叶蛋): eggs stewed in a blended soup of black tea leaves, soy sauce and spice.
- Sour Plum Juice (Suan mei tang, 酸梅汤): a traditional Chinese beverage made from Chinese plums, rock sugar, and sweet osmanthus.
- Soybean milk (Du Jiang, 豆浆): a Chinese traditional breakfast drink, usually accompanied by pastries like mantou.
- Tea (茶): tea is the most popular drink in Chinese daily life.
- Er guo tou (二锅头): a type of distilled liquor made from sorghum.
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