Beijing Food and Restaurants
The Qing Dynasty rulers ate pork before moving to Beijing from Shenyang in northeastern China. Their cooking methods were stewing, roasting, and boiling. Pork and mutton have been equally represented in Beijing cuisine since the Qing Dynasty as a result of the dietetic influence of the Manchu. Roast and stewed pig, pork dishes, and pig's offal stewed in ceramic pots offered by the Shaguoju Restaurant (ceramic pots restaurant) were the first to be offered to suit the eating preferences of the Manchus. The most famous Beijing dish - Peking Roast Duck was originated at that period. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant founded in 1864 is the best place to enjoy the delicacy.
Beijing was the gathering place of the literati and officials, and many skilled chefs followed these people to Beijing. These chefs brought the different cuisines to the capital and greatly enriched the flavors of Beijing cuisine. The Shandong, Huai-Yang, and Jiangsu-Zhejiang cuisines all strongly influenced Beijing cuisine.
• The quick-frying techniques of the Shandong cuisine and its use of onions greatly influenced Beijing cuisine. For example, quick-fried mutton, a popular, common dish, is a typical Beijing dish that uses the cooking skills and flavoring methods of the Shandong cuisine.
• Literati and officials placed high expectations on restaurant food, and many even created dishes. The chefs in Beijing all boasted of being able to create the dishes of the southern cuisines.
Beijing cuisine is famous for its hundreds of dishes with special flavors that are unmatched by any other cuisine. Beijing cuisine does not emphasize on strangeness or uniqueness, only delicious food made from common ingredients with tastes that are very agreeable.
Beijing Restaurants Guides for Muslim, Indians & Vegetarian
82 West Chang'an Ave.
Tel: 86-10-6603 8460
A2 Hujialou Beijie
Tel: 86-10-6506 3291
14, Qianhaidongyan, Di'anmen Dajie
Tel: 86-10-6404 2554
Muslim Baikui Century-old Restaurant
158 Jiaodaokou Dajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 86-10-6404 096
Muslim Mansion Restaurant
B5 Dongheyan, Andingmenwai, Dongcheng District
Tel: 86-10-6426 2990
Tandoor Indian Cuisine (Inside Zhaolong Hotel)
The Taj Pavilion Indian Restaurant
China World Trade Center, L-116 West Building, #1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
Tel:( 86-10) 65055866/65052288 (Ext: 80116)
#2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District
Tel: (86-10) 65972211 (Direct)
65972299 (Ext: 2112)
Add: 2/F New World Courtyard (near Marriott Beijing), # 3C Chongwenmen Wai Street, Chongwenmen District, Beijing
Tel: (86-10)67081188 (Ext: 2210)
The Taj Pavilion
Add: Holiday Inn Lido, Lido Place, Level-3, Jiachang Road, Jiang Tai Road .
Tel: (86-10) 64367678/64376688
Fax: (86-10) 65055866
1/F Chengyuan Plaza,
#9 Jianhua South Street (Opposite Friendship Store), Jianguomenwai
Tel: (86-10) 65675311/65675364
60-2, Nan Luo Gu Xiang, Dongcheng District
Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant
158 Qianmen Nandajie
Tel: 86-10-6702 0867
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