Beijing specialties

9 Oct

I have eaten some pretty amazing meals in Beijing over the last several years and thinking back I think they merit their own post.  These range from the slightly surreal – for example, dinner at LAN club with its wacky decor but only ok food or the  buddhist restaurant which was pure vegetarian with no alcohol and they recited poems as they served each dish. 

http://lan-global.com/beijing/chinese/home.htm

Others were more on the traditional side, from ancient tradition with Valerie –  when we went to a restaurant modeled after the Forbidden City where the waitresses dressed like concubines and ate a salad made of flowers.  Another traditional restaurant was with my brother we went to the original Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and had them carve tableside.  A third was during a recent trip where I ate homemade Beijing tofu and spicy fish at a small roadside place.

http://www.quanjude.com.cn/e_about.html

Finally, I also have eaten “high cuisine” – when I went to Da Dong roast duck (again with Val) where we had beautiful interpretations of Chinese dishes with a modern, lighter touch.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?_adv_prop=image&fr=yfp-t-372&va=da+dong+roast+duck

I’ve included a few photos taken over the last year and a half or so and some links to restaurant websites or photos to get your mouth watering.  All good stuff!

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Any favorite Chinese food experiences?

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