Peking Duck is absolutely the Must-eat food in Beijing. It was the imperial dish served for the royal family only in the old days. The high quality roasted duck is not greasy at all since the material is young baby duck. The fresh duck has been roasted for 80 minutes in the oven with the fruit wood. So the taste is crispy outside with fruit flavor and tender inside. A chef will slice the duck in front of your table. You can wrap the duck with scallion, cucumber and sweet flour paste in a thin pancake and enjoy it. Of course, it’s important to go to a decent Beijing local restaurant for the best Peking Duck.
Old Beijing Hot Pot
Beijing is also famous for the Hot Pot. “Hot” is not for “spicy” here. It’s one kind of cuisine. The typical pot is made of copper with a tube in the middle and filled with charcoal. The soup around the tube is always boiling. The mutton or beef has been cut into slices as thin as a piece of paper. Just boil the meat for several seconds and then dip with the specially made sesame sauce to enjoy it. The side vegetables are mostly cabbage, tofu, mushroom and etc..
The royal family members really enjoyed to watch the opera show, drink tea and also have the snacks at the same time. The imperial chef made various snacks to please the royal family members. Now even the common people can enjoy these delicious dishes. The popular snacks are Ai wo wo (Sticky rice with sweet fillings); Lv da gun (Pastry made of Soy Been Flour); Wan dou huang (Pea Flour cake); Mei gui bing (Rose cake) and etc.. You should try the snacks and feel like the royal family.
Noodles with stir-fried
It’s the signature Beijing dish. It’s also the typical Northern Chinese dish. Almost every home can make the noodles since the recipes are passed down from generation to generation. You can order a bowl of Noodles with the stir-fried soybean paste in most of the Peking Duck restaurants. But the taste is totally different as it depends on the cooking skill of the chef to make the paste.
Beijing Special dishes
As a foreign tourist, the Beijing special dishes is something you should know, but not really worth to try. Not everybody can appreciate with the taste. They are Dou zhi 豆汁(Mung Bean Milk); Guan chang 灌肠 (Filled Sausage); Lu zhu 卤煮火烧; Chao gan 炒肝（Stir-fried Pork Liver); Bao du 爆肚; Ma dou fu 麻豆腐(Mung Tofu) and etc..