Jubaoyuan Hot Pot Restaurant
Beijingers love to eat hotpot, and there’s no better place to do it than Jubaoyuan. It’s such an institution that the restaurant has to limit the number of sesame buns that each customer can buy. A staple winter ritual, hotpot is a DIY-eating experience where patrons place raw ingredients into a pot of simmering broth, before dipping them in a sauce made from sesame paste (the preferred dip of northerners). Hotpot is something best eaten in parties of four or more – more people mean more plates of thinly sliced mutton, beef and heaps of fresh vegetables. Queues can often stretch down the entirety of Niujie Street, so try to come between mealtimes.