Tag Archive | BBQ

Beijing Bites

Our dining habits were a bit hit-and-miss. After we discovered the cart just outside our “home base” subway station at Lama Temple, jianbing (thin pancake with savory fillings) was breakfast on the go.

Tan Hua Lamb BBQ: just down the alley way from our hotel, it was a great way to immerse ourselves in the neighborhood. Full video can be found here.


Beijing Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant: while this restaurant was a bit on the higher end, both cost and location (5th floor of a shopping center), the staff made nice presentations of each dish, while the waitress demonstrated how to eat with all of the sides. The dessert appeared almost like a bit of garden, with the mist rising from the dry ice underneath the plate.


Dali Courtyard: Have a seat, and dish after delicious dish begins rolling out of the kitchen. Tucked well into a hutong, drinks are available, and tables are in demand. A nice place to sit back and enjoy your dinner and dining companions.


Jianbing Savory Pancake Vendor: just outside Yonghegong-Lama Temple subway station, exit C – delicious and filling, and only $1; very popular with locals.


Steamed buns are always great alternative. We found vendors in every park.

chinese steamed buns

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Hutong Life – BBQ Dinner

Arriving at dark safely in the right hutong at the right hotel, this was enough for us. We were ready to get some rest, and be ready for the next day. But, after a full day on our feet in Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City, we needed to have a real sit-down meal. A barbecue place near the corner where our hutong met the street beckoned: lively company and cold beer sealed it, and we stepped in.

Between gestures, a smattering of English by the wait staff, and a calculator (the device of choice to negotiate price, as we learned), we were seated and served right away. Way too much food, but way so much fun!