"I usually just ate at small..." Beijing Restaurant Tip by bokononist
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I usually just ate at small neighborhood restaurants that sell dumplings (jiaozi) and lots of great local cuisine. I think those are the best way to go, just learn the names of some decent dishes and go to restaurants like this - you'll save money and usually the owners and waitresses will come talk to you and make sure you're enjoying everything.
Favorite Dish: Peking Duck - this is a picture of it. It comes with little tortilla-like pancakes, scallions, plum sauce, soup made from the duck parts, and sliced duck. It's pretty good but almost pure fat so it's not something to eat every day.
Also, try Huoguo (Mongolian hotpot). Order the liquid spicy or mild (or both in a split pot) then order your meat and veggies and throw them in the boiling liquids to cook. Serve over rice. There are several dipping sauces available, my favorite is the sesame one (tastes peanutty) on pork cooked in the spicy. Bamboo roots are another good hot pot ingredient. Warning - the spicy is very spicy so make sure you have rice to cool the burn!
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