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Beijing Roast Duck

Beijing cuisine is a combination of all Chinese famous food, so this cuisine caters for all tastes. In addition it has its own local flavor which contains the Han style, the Manchu style and the Islamic style. The typical dishes, Imperial Court Food, Official Food and various snacks will stimulate your appetite.

Typical dishes include Beijing Roast Duck, instant boiled sliced mutton and the barbecue which may be seen along the streets. Beijing Roast Duck  is reputed to be the tastiest dish under heaven and the first choice of visitors who want to enjoy the local flavor. There are many roast duck restaurants; but Quanjude and Bianyifang enjoy the highest reputation. When winter comes, instant boiled sliced mutton is popular. Dong Lai Shun), You Yi Shun and Neng Ren Ju are famous flavor restaurants serving this kind of boiled mutton.

Local Snacks of Beijing

Imperial Court Food and Official Food are two main branches of Beijing cuisine. They both stress a light and tender taste of the food, but the imperial court food is particular about beautiful shape of a course and prefers to use rare ingredients. The official food is developed from the household food of the aristocrats and the imperial officials. Now, the Tanjia Cuisine and Family Li Imperial Cuisine are better known as official food.

A great variety of popular snacks may be tasted. Some are made of sticky rice, like Lǘdagunr (Glutinous Rice Rolls with Sweet Bean Flour) and Sticky Rice with Sweet Fillings. Some use flour as the main ingredient, such as Fried Ring, Fried Dough Twist, Shaomai (steamed rice dumplings) and Clay Oven Rolls. Bean Juice is the favorite snack of the local people, but hasn't earned recognition from foreigners. If you are not a vegetarian, Quick-fried Tripe, Filled Sausage and Fried Liver will appeal to you.


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Comments and Questions

it is no need to book in advance. A common duck is sold at 168 Yuan and a brand-name one is 198 yuan. It costs around 200 yuan for two persons. I think they Should have POS machine for brushing cards.

Reply8/13/2009 11:11:00 PMbeijingren,   China

Roughly how much does one Beijing-Duck cost in Quanjude Restaurant? Is advance booking required? Can we order a plate of Duck just for two person or must we order one whole duck? Does the restaurant accept Credit-card?

Reply8/13/2009 12:08:00 PMyam,   Thailand

mmm this food looks sooo delicious.

Reply5/14/2009 12:58:00 PMkyliee schroeder