Xinji Hotpot: "surprisingly filling" Beijing Restaurant Tip by marielexoteria
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Hotpot is something very Chinese, and this is by far the meal I reminisce the most.
Hotpot is boiling water with bouillon (sort of) and spices. In this boiling water you'll boil the food that you're about to eat, and what to boil is up to the restaurant's menu and can be meat, vegetables, fish or a combination of all of them - with or without sauce to go with. You'll find a lot of hotpots in Beijing and because it was rather late and we were tired from the train journey from Shanghai, we decided to eat close to our hostel, at Xinji Hotpot.
Xinji Hotpot is located in a hutong and it's in a 2-story building, where the restaurant is actually on the second floor. We chose a table close to the window facing Xinjiekou Nandajie - although there wasn't much to see at that particular time of the night.
English menus available and the staff speaks good English.
Favorite Dish: Our hotpot was a mix of mild and spicy flavors, that we accompanied with some rice, their prime beef, sliced pork, potatoes, spinach and 2 beers. We got food for 4 (again lol) and we thought we weren't gonna eat it all but guess what? We did and we felt full without feeling "heavy" or sleepy. This was the most expensive meal we had on our whole stay: 131 RMB - expensive for Chinese standards but very cheap for us.
Address: Zhengjue Hutong/Xinjiekou Hutong
Comparison: about average
Directions: Close to Red Lantern House, main and east yards.
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