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The 10 Best Restaurants in Beijing for Real Chinese Food

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Updated: 27 September 2017
What do you know about Chinese food? Before you begin to recite the menus of your local Chinese restaurant, here’s a kind reminder: they are a thousand miles away from real Chinese food. In a traditional Chinese restaurant, you would hardly see chow mein or wonton on top of the menu, and you definitely won’t see a fortune cookie or egg foo young at all. Almost two centuries since Chinatown sprouted up overseas the dishes initially cooked for early immigrants have gone through adaptions to meet the locals’ taste, and have nevertheless deviated from the “authentic” Chinese taste. But now that you are in Beijing, you can feel free to taste the genuine Chinese food starting with these ten restaurants.

Fangshan Restaurant

Restaurant with Rooms, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Established in 1925, Fangshan is a famous Beijing restaurant that specializes in Manhan Quanxi (Manchu Han Imperial Feast). Consisting of at least 108 dishes carefully selected from the Manchu and Han Chinese culture during the Qing Dynasty, the feast was only served for the Emperors, and is one of the grandest meals documented in Chinese cuisine. The restaurant will not only give you a chance to eat the main dish like an emperor, but also re-create the imperial court desserts like Pea Cake and Minced Buns.

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Dongxing Lou

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Chinese, $$$
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Dongxing Lou was founded in 1902 in Qing Dynasty, and is widely regarded as the top of the Eight Restaurants of Shandong Cuisine in Beijing. Even the most ordinary dish taste like heaven under the master culinary skills of Dongxing Lou’s chef. The croquette, diced chicken in bean sauce, and fish slices in vinegar gravy are must-try dishes, and some people even say that the Roast Duck here is better than Quanjude.

#東興樓 味道絕讚,每道菜都那麼地經典! 讓人還想再去吃~

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Taifeng Lou

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Another one of the Eight Restaurants of Shandong Cuisine in Beijing, Taifeng Lou specializes in soups. Every day, the restaurant stews fresh chicken meat or pig elbows to ensure the fresh taste of the soups. Remember to order the braised mullet eggs soup and braised sea cucumber with leeks, and you have my word that you’ll be amazed. The interior décor of the restaurant is not very up-to-date, but the dishes will make you forget all the rest.

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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tonghe Ju

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Chinese, $$$
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This restaurant, founded during the reign of the Daoguang Emperor of Qing Dynasty (1820 – 1850 C.E.) in the Xisi area, is so famous among old Beijingers that it’s usually addressed as “Xisi’s Tonghe Ju.” Its specialty, “three non-sticks,” is a legendary egg dish in Beijing for its quality of non-stick plates, tableware, and teeth. It is said that the seasoned egg liquid needs to be fried for over four hundred times before being served on the plate. It’s the restaurant that Chinese literary masters Lu Xun and Lao She and painter Qi Baishi have dined at.

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Zhimeilou Restaurant

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Zhimeilou Restaurant is also one of the Eight Restaurants of Shandong Cuisine in Beijing that was established in the Daoguang era. Its dishes are known for its delicacy and beauty. The one fish four way of eating is the restaurant’s signature dish and can’t be found anywhere else in town. It was especially popular in the period of the Republic of China and was regularly visited by important politicians and celebrities in the entertainment industry.

#중국 #짜장면 짱맛♥ #北京 #前门 #致美楼饭庄 #炸酱面

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Barbecue Ji

Restaurant, Chinese, Barbeque, $$$
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If you think Chinese food is all fried dishes served on plates, then you are underestimating Chinese food culture. The barbecue lamb is especially recommended, with a smooth and fresh taste; except for the tender quality, you can’t even tell it’s lamb you’re eating. The lamb is said to have an even better taste if sandwiched between their sesame buns. Located right by the Yindian Bridge in Houhai, you may enjoy the food along with a beautiful riverside view.

#烤肉季

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Mon - Sun:
6:00 am - 9:00 am
Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Hongbin Lou

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This restaurant, founded in 1853, was originally in Tianjin, and moved to Beijing after a century under the invitation of Zhou Enlai, the first Premiere of the People’s Republic of China (what a pity for Tianjin people). Its braised oxtail in brown sauce is a dish you certainly don’t want to miss, because you literally can’t find a more delicately cooked oxtail dish anywhere else. The quick-fried ox tripes with coriander and sautéed yam and date rolls with sugar are also highly recommended.

#鸿宾楼 #beijing #清真 红烧牛尾

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Yuesheng Zhai

Diner, Chinese, $$$
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This restaurant has a beautiful name (“Yuesheng” means “full moon”), and an even more beautiful tasting spiced beef and spiced lamb, which is known for its crispy-on-the-outside-tender-on-the-inside quality. The restaurant was founded in 1775 in Beijing, and legend has it that the Empress Dowager couldn’t have a midnight feast without Yuesheng Zhai’s spiced meat.

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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway

Huifengtang Restaurant

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The Huifengtang Restaurant, founded in 1858, is a restaurant that specializes in braised dishes. The braised duck dices with fresh mushrooms, braised raw chicken slices, grain-braised duck livers and braised claw tips are all must-order at Huifengtang. Rumor has it that the board of Huifengtang is hand-written by the Empress Dowager herself.
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Kings Joy Beijing

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The vegan restaurant Kings Joy Beijing is located opposite of the Yonghegong Lama Temple and is known for its creative vegan Chinese dishes and its traditional Chinese yard, where a bamboo forest is immersed in the fog made of negative oxygen ion all day long. The restaurant is the best choice for vegans who hope to try authentic Chinese food. The sweet-and-sour lotus root ribs (only made to taste like ribs), emery tofu (tofu wrapped in crushed peanuts and other spices), and mung bean cake are among the most ordered dishes in Kings Joy Beijing. The restaurant even offers vegan high tea to guests who feel like some afternoon pleasure.

月光落在瓦尔登湖#京兆尹 #beijing#vegitarian #hightea

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Mon - Fri:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 9:30 pm