2015 Yes! Food Fest stops in Beijing

The 2015 YES! Food Fest stopped in Beijing over the weekend at Today Art Museum, giving visitors a taste of the art of living and gastronomy.

One of the latest exhibitions at the Today Art Museum is a life-size indoor market complete with grocers, bakers and flower shops.

Art patrons, expats and gourmets throng the 2,000-square meter gallery, which features fine and exotic food from around the world. Most of the products on offer are all-natural, organic or fair-trade, reflecting the public demand for cleaner and safer food.

1949 is a new-concept Japanese restaurant in Beijing with an emphasis on healthy living. Max Levy is the owner and chef. He puts a lot of care into selecting ingredients that are fresh and natural, and sources pork from remote villages in Southwest Guizhou province.

“We focus on finding really good ingredients throughout China, but mostly by small producers who take a lot of care in producing the things they do, whether it’s pigs or cows, vegetables. And we try to produce them into processed products so that we can have them here in Beijing, so that people can enjoy really good hand-crafted products that are not imported, that are made locally, that are safe, and also with a really good mindset when they’re made,” Levy said.

What is a food festival without an authentic Italian vendor? Haute-cuisine restaurant Opera Bombana brought a cornucopia of freshly baked breads, while V+H Living Art Laboratory, which specializes in Japanese-style raw processed dark chocolates, have just what it takes to satisfy those with a sweet-tooth.

As well as traditional restaurant vendors and grocers, the festival also features clothing designers, bookshops, breweries, and even a furniture shop. Pop-Up Beijing’s co-founder Glenn Shuitman says he sees that people today are returning to antiques and things that are real.

“Our business, our brand, our story is about lifestyle. We’re a furniture shop, we have antiques, we have ceramics, we have a whole range of European and Chinese pieces. But we believe these pieces actually enhance lifestyle. So we look at ourselves as a brand that is bigger than just furniture. And we want to connect ourselves to food, lifestyle, beverage, things that bring joy to people’s lives,” Shuitman said.

The first YES! Food Fest was held in Shanghai last year. Tickets for this year were sold out even before the event started.

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Chinese Eight Regional Cuisines

Chinese cuisine is generally divided into eight regional cuisines based on their geographic location.China’s regional cooking styles are as diverse as its terrain and its people. Naturally, they are also strongly influenced by the staple crops that grow in each specific region.

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The eight greats

Anhui Cuisine (Hui Cai)

The regional cuisine of Anhui in eastern China is considered to be healthy and visually interesting with simple flavors. Anhui cuisine is characterized by an ample use of fresh herbs, mushrooms, berries, tea leaves, bamboo shoots and other wild plants that grow in the region surrounding Huangshan mountain. The methods used to prepare the dishes are simple, mainly consisting of braising and stewing. Special attention is given to the appearance, color, taste and temperature of the dish. Cooking is done in a way that preserves the nutrients of the food.

Some of the best known Anhui dishes include: Stewed Soft-shelled Turtle in a Clear Soup, Bamboo Shoots with Sausage and Dried Mushrooms and Stinky Tofu.

Fujian Cuisine (Min Cai)

Fujian cuisine is often further divided into the four subcategories of Southern Fujian, Western Fujian, Fuzhou and Quanzhou cuisines.The food is usually only lightly seasoned and the main flavors are sweet and sour. The most common ingredients include various types of seafood, including mussels, shrimp and fish. Pork, duck, chicken and beef are also commonly used. Some dishes get additional sweetness and texture from peanuts and sugar, along with fish sauce, shrimp paste, shacha sauce and preserved apricot. Typical Fujian dishes are prepared by first chopping the ingredients finely and then quickly boiling or stir-frying them or adding them to soup. The local cuisine in this part of China is heavily based on stews, broths and soups. In Fujian custard or orange juice is often used to bring a touch of sweetness to the dishes.

Some of the most famous Fujian dishes include: The Monk Jumps Over the Wall, Fried Xi Shi’s Tongue and Jade Pearl Abalone.

Guangdong Cuisine (Cantonese)

The Chinese say that people from the southern province of Guangdong will eat almost anything that walks, crawls, flies or swims. Being a coastal province means that there is a strong emphasis on seafood, although their way of seasoning the food sets them apart from other coastal cuisines. Cantonese cuisine is influenced by both Oriental and Western cooking traditions. Typical ingredients include different kinds of meats and vegetables, such as onion, garlic. The main seasonings are sugar and spiced salt. The rich flavor of Cantonese dishes is the result of using a variety of flavorsome ingredients such as peanut oil, rice wine, anise, cassia bark, licorice root, ginger powder, dried tangerine peel, oyster sauce, fish sauce, clam oil and curry, among other things. The methods used to prepare Cantonese dishes are sometimes quite unconventional and include salt-roasting, steaming with wine and slow-cooking.

The most famous Cantonese dishes include: The Dragon and Tiger Fight,

Hong Kong egg custard tarts, wontons and spring rolls.

Hunan Cuisine (Also called Xi’ang cuisine)

Hunan in southern China is dominated by rolling hills and beautiful valleys, which provide a fertile ground for growing a wide range of crops, especially rice. Hunan cuisine is famous for its spiciness, deep colors and fresh aromas. Smoked and cured foods are typical in this part of the country. The main cooking techniques include braising, stewing, smoking and steaming.

The most famous Hunan dishes include: Dong’an Chicken, Crispy Duck, Orange Beef and Spicy Frog’s Legs

Jiangsu Cuisine (Su Cai)

The cuisine of Jiangsu is divided into the subcategories of Suzhou-Wuxi style, Zhenjiang-Yangzhou style and Nanjing cuisine. Jiangsu food is generally characterized by light and fresh flavors and tender textures and an emphasis on soup. Jiangsu cuisine is especially popular in regions along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Most popular cooking methods include stewing, braising, stir-frying and pickling. Sugar is often used to round off the flavors. More often than not the dishes are carefully arranged to make a visual impact.

Famous examples of typical Jiangsu dishes include: Jinling salted dried duck (Nanjing’s most famous dish), crab shell meatballs (pork meatballs in crab shell powder), Yangzhou steamed Jerky strips (dried tofu, chicken, ham and pea leaves), Farewell My Concubine (soft-shelled turtle).

Shandong Cuisine

The cuisine of the eastern coastal province of Shandong is divided into Huai-Yang, Yangzhou, Jiaodong and Jinan style cooking. One of the main characteristics of this type of cuisine the tendency to eat bread instead of rice and the use of onions as a seasoning. The corn grown in Shandong is especially famous for its chewy and starchy texture and grassy aroma. The most popular ingredients include seafood such as scallops, prawns, clams, sea cucumbers and squid. Millet, wheat, oat and barley are used used to make a variety of delicious breads. Common vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, mushrooms, onions, garlic and eggplants. Roasted or salted peanuts are also often used to add a bit of crunchiness and flavor to dishes. Typical Shandongese dishes include lightly seasoned seafood, soups, and stir-fried, braised and deep-fried foods.

The most popular Shandong dishes include: sea cucumber with meat balls, braised shark’s fin with shredded chicken and bamboo shoots.

Sichuan Cuisine

Out of all these wonderful regional cuisines, Sichuan cooking stands out as very unique. The cuisine of this southwestern province is best known for its use of strong spices. The main seasonings include chili and garlic, as well as locally produced Sichuan pepper. Sichuan cuisine makes big use of freshwater fish, but also your typical chicken, duck and pork meats. Shark fins, bear paws and other unconventional ingredients are also used. Typical spices and condiments include Sichuan peppercorns, chili, crushed garlic, fish sauce, ginger juice and soy sauce. Sichuan-style cuisine is mainly prepared by stir-frying, braising or stewing.

The most popular Sichuan dishes include: Kung Pao chicken, Twice Cooked Pork and Tea Smoked Duck.

Zhejiang Cuisine (Zhe Cai )

Ningbo cuisine, which is generally described as being very salty, is the best known subcategory of Zhejiangese cuisine. Seafood is very popular here, but spices are used quite sparingly. Since this southern province is bamboo country, almost every dish contains bamboo shoots. Zhejiang dishes are usually prepared by stir-frying, braising or steaming. Meat is often marinated in a mixture of vinegar and sugar.

The most famous Zhejiang dishes include: Dongpo Pork and Shelled shrimp in Longjing tea.

In addition to these eight major regional cuisines, many articles about Chinese food also make specific mention of the cooking traditions of Yunnan, Mongolia, Shanghai, Beijing, Dongbei, Hubei regions and of the Uygur ethnic group.

Beijing Cruisine

As Beijing has been the capital of China for centuries, its cuisine is influenced by culinary traditions from all over China.Another tradition that influenced Beijing cuisine (as well as influenced by the latter itself) is the Chinese imperial cuisine that originated from the “Emperor’s Kitchen”.which referred to the cooking facilities inside the Forbidden City, where thousands of cooks from different parts of China showed their best culinary skills to please the imperial family and officials.

Beijingcuisine makes liberal use of stronger flavored roots and vegetables such as peppers, garlic, ginger, leek and coriander (Chinese parsley). The most popular methods are roasting, frying, stewing, braising, and steaming.

Foods that originated in Beijing are often snacks rather than main courses, and they are typically sold by small shops or street vendors. There is emphasis on dark soy paste, sesame paste, sesame oil, and scallions, and fermented tofu is often served as a condiment.

Notable Snacks in Beijing cuisine

爆肚 Bao Du—–Quick-fried tripe

卤煮火烧 Lu Zhu Huo Shao–Wheaten cake boiled in meat(intestines) broth

炸卷果 Zha Juan Guo–Dried soy milk cream in tight roll with beef fillings

门钉肉饼 Men Ding Rou Bing-Beef wrapped in pancake

芥末墩 Jie Mo Dun-Chinese cabbage in mustard

煎饼Jian Bing -Thin millet flour pancake

烧饼 Shao Bing-Baked sesame seed cake

焦圈 Jiao Quan-Fried Rings

豌豆黄Wan Dou Huang-Pease pudding

麻豆腐 Ma Dou Fu-Dried fermented mung bean juice

艾窝窝Ai Wo Wo-Glutinous rice ball

芸豆卷 Yun Dou Juan-Kidney bean roll

面茶 Mian Cha-Sesame Soup

炒肝 Chao Gan- Fried Liver in soup

卤煮Lu Zhu-Intestines Soup

它似蜜Ta Si Mi -Sweet stir-fried mutton / lamb

燉吊子Dun Diao Zi-Stewed pig’s organs

豆汁+焦圈Dou Zhi +Jiao Quan–Soy Milk and Fried Rings

炸灌肠Zha Guan Chang-Fried Corn Flour cakes

 

Time:

10:00-14:00 or
16:30-20:30
Every day

Where:

Meet : Your hotel
End : Your hotel or sites in city

Tour Style:

Walking + Private car

Food Theme:

Beijing Cuisine and Snacks
Peking duck or Hotpot
Offbeat hutong visit

Remarks:

Vegetarian option available
Private option available
Start time flexible

When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

 

 

When in Rome,do as the Romans Do

You may not like the food on this tour,however through this tour we are aims to help the visitors unveil the secret of Beijing Cuisine through its various tastes and fascinating tradition.Discover the local community through its Hutong allay and delicious food

As Beijing has been the capital of China for centuries,its cuisine is influenced by culinary traditions from all over China,another tradition is the Chinese imperial cuisine that originated from the’ Emperor’s kitchen.

Foods that originated in Beijing are often snacks rather than main courses,and they are typically sold by small shops or street vendors.

Here are some samples

麻豆腐 Ma dou fu-Dried fermented mung bean juice

焦圈 Jiao quan-Fried Ring

排叉:Paicha –Crisp thin fritter twist

面茶miancha –flour and peanut soup

糖耳朵 Tang Er duo–Fried Sugar cake

煎饼:Jianbing-Thin Millet flour pancake

卤煮火烧:LUZHU HUOSHAO- Wheaten cake boiled in meat( pig’s intestine and liver) broth

爆肚:BAO DU-Quick-Fried Ox tripe

炸灌肠:ZHA GUAN CHANG- fried corn flour cakes

芥末墩:Jie mo Dun-Chinese cabbage in mustard

北京酸奶:Beijing Suan Nai–Beijing Yoghurt

烧饼:Shaobing -Baked Sesame Seed cake

Our 3.5 hours food tour will take you to try different Beijing food inside establishments or on the sidewalk and 1 tasting seated in the restaurant for either Hotpot or Peking duck(a 45minute -1 hour relaxing stop).Walk along the offbeat hutong allays,with detailed history lesson.Eat at the local famous hotpot or Peking duck restaurant.

highlightsHIGHLIGHTS

dotExperience behind-the-scene insights of Beijing food

dot3-6 tasting locations and 10+ yummy food and drink samples

dotSupport local communities in a fun way

dotLearn about tradition and entertaining stories of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Beijing

dotExperience the most famous dish Peking duck or Hotpot in the local restaurant(1 hours seated lunch or dinner)

dotTransportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide and private car

dotA bottle of mineral water at the beginning of the tour

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Travelling Party  English Speaking Guide Only
(pay your own transportation)
English speaking guide and
private transport
1 Person $150 $210
2 Persons $95 $140
3 Persons $80 $120
4 Persons $75 $105
5 Persons $70 $95
6 Persons $65 $90
7 Persons $60 $85
8 Persons $55 $80
children Please contact us for detailed quotation  buy tickets

What’s included?

  • An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
  • 3-6 tasting locations and 10+ yummy food and drink samples
  • A hotpot or Peking duck dinner or Lunch
  • Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide
  • Fun & informative guided walking tour, including visits local hutong and family

What’s not included?

  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only

1:How to book

btn-book-1Email us

step1Email us to inquire for availability

Please offer these information

A: Date and time you prefer to start

B: the hotel you stayed

C:The tour you are interested to join, with or without transportation

D:Number of the tourists
step2Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit (PAYMENT 50% deposit to confirm booking Balance payment due on tour day)

C:Meeting point

 

btn-book-2Use our Online booking form

buy tickets

 

 

What happens after my online booking?
After completing your booking on our website Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit

C:Meeting point
In case, you don’t see emails within 24 hours after booking, please check your junk mail inbox. If you still can’t find it, please simply contact us at “info@foodtoursbeijing.com”

2:Cancellation Policy

Should you choose to cancel a booking, Beijing Food Tours must be notified by email.

The following cancellation fees apply for Beijing Food Tour:

  • More than 10 days before departure, all deposit full refund(10USD =60rmb processing fee)
  • 10 to 2 days before departure, loss of 50% of your deposit
  • From 48 hours before the tour starts, loss of all deposit
  • Turning up late to the starting point of the tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation and will result in a loss of all deposit

3:Children Discount

Children less than 5 years old–Free of charge

Children between 5-10 years old –Half price

Children above 10 years old–Same price as adult

Time:

6:00 pm-9:30pm
Every day

Where:

Meet : Your hotel
End : Your hotel or sites in city

Tour Style:

Walking + Private car

Food Theme:

Night food market(exotic bites)
Offbeat Local Snacks and experience

Remarks:

Vegetarian option available
Private option available

Beijing Night Foodie Walk

 

 

Beijing at Night: A foodie walking tour through diverse night markets

Experience the fascinating culture of Beijing in one of the most authentic ways possible – through its local cuisine! This 3.5-hour food tour begins with your guide meeting you at your local Beijing hotel. From there head to one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing, Wangfujing Street, a cosmopolitan street that rivals any in New York or Paris. You will be captivated by this wide lane pedestrian only boulevard with its bright lights, numerous eateries, and varied department stores from local hat, candy and tea shops to standard Western shops such as Apple, H&M and The Gap. After strolling along Wangfujing we will head to the Northern Entrance and be greeted by a giant archway leading us into Donghuamen Night Market. Upon entering you will be greeted by exotic sights and smells as you wander down the narrow corridor packed with food vendors selling local treats and more exotic fare such as scorpions, starfish, beetles and silkworms. Take a peak down the various alleys where food vendors are hawking noodle soups and other vendors are selling everything from souvenirs to electronics.

While Wangfujing should not be missed on any trip to Beijing, it can be a bit touristy and much of the food is not representative of what local Beijingers eat. For a more authentic food experience we will begin a 15 minute walk to Longfusi Night Market hutong area, passing by Wangfujing Church (St. Joseph’s Cathedral)

Our first stop will be at the Shan’xi restaurant – Xibei You Mian Cun. Shan’xi is a lesser populated province in China where many tourists do not visit or have a chance to experience its cuisine, a blend of Northern Chinese and Mongolian fare. The region is famous for handmade noodles, fried flatbreads, pastries, vinegar and other flour based treats. Here we will sample some of their specialties such as youmian wowo (steamed oatmeal noodles) or their delicious lamb skewers.

Our last stop will be at Longfusi night market. While Wanfujing and Donghuamen tend to be on the tourist path, Longfusi is a local Beijing haunt where more traditional Beijing food is served. Here we will sample some specialties.

At the moment Longfusi was closed for government construction work, so after the Wangfujing Church visit, we will take you to the Local hutong street to try the local cuisine, please read this page

http://foodtoursbeijing.com/offbeat-hutong-food-tour/

A Brief History of Sights Visited
Wangfujing is a 700-year-old commercial street about ½ mile long and 40 yards wide. It is the busiest street in Beijing where it is said up to 500,00 people every day can be seen shopping, strolling and eating their way through the various establishments. Longfusi was a temple built in 1452 during the Ming Dynasty for officials to worship. Later, during the Qing dynasty it was converted into a Tibetan Buddhist Temple. The temple was destroyed by a fire in 1901 after which the area was abandoned. During the 1950’s the area would make its way back as a flea market, then become a famous shopping street akin to today’s Wangfujing Street. Today the area is most commonly associated with Longfusi Snack Street.

HIGHLIGHTS
-Have a chance to sample 12+ different food tastings at diverse places like markets, shops, bakeries, and restaurants.
-Visit our favorite local haunts, meet the owners and explore historical sites that few tourists have an opportunity to experience.
-Learn about the tradition and history of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Beijing.
-Discover real Chinese culinary culture at night while sampling exotic bites for adventurous palates.
-Visit religious and cultural landmarks on the way.
-Taste a variety of the most mouth-watering fares the local night market has to offer.

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Travelling Party  English Speaking Guide Only
(pay your own transportation)
English speaking guide and
private transport
1 Person $130 $195
2 Persons $80 $115
3 Persons $75 $105
4 Persons $70 $95
5 Persons $65 $85
6 Persons $60 $80
7 Persons $55 $75
8 Persons $50 $70
children Please contact us for detailed quotation  buy tickets

What’s included?

  • An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
  • 4-8 tasting locations and 10+ yummy food and drink samples (enough for full dinner)
  • Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide
  • Fun & informative guided walking tour, including visits local landmarks in Wangfujing neighborhood
  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide and private car
  • A bottle of mineral water at the beginning of the tour

What’s not included?

  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only

1:How to book

btn-book-1Email us

step1Email us to inquire for availability

Please offer these information

A: Date and time you prefer to start

B: the hotel you stayed

C:The tour you are interested to join, with or without transportation

D:Number of the tourists
step2Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit (PAYMENT 50% deposit to confirm booking Balance payment due on tour day)

C:Meeting point

 

btn-book-2Use our Online booking form

buy tickets

 

 

What happens after my online booking?
After completing your booking on our website Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit

C:Meeting point
In case, you don’t see emails within 24 hours after booking, please check your junk mail inbox. If you still can’t find it, please simply contact us at “info@foodtoursbeijing.com”

2:Cancellation Policy

Should you choose to cancel a booking, Beijing Food Tours must be notified by email.

The following cancellation fees apply for Beijing Food Tour:

  • More than 10 days before departure, all deposit full refund(10USD =60rmb processing fee)
  • 10 to 2 days before departure, loss of 50% of your deposit
  • From 48 hours before the tour starts, loss of all deposit
  • Turning up late to the starting point of the tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation and will result in a loss of all deposit

3:Children Discount

Children less than 5 years old–Free of charge

Children between 5-10 years old –Half price

Children above 10 years old–Same price as adult

Amazing experience that I will always remember. True highlight of my time in China. If you like food and you want to try some local treats, this tour is for you. Some tours can be uncomfortable. Not with Christina. She put us at ease immediately and felt like a new friend, not a tour guide. The tour was filled with food and so much fun. The best part was that she knew the story behind everything. It felt so personal. What a wonderful way to learn about a new place. if you’re even thinking about this tour, book it!

Amy and Mike Visited in April 2015


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My husband and I aren’t “foodies” – we are “eaters”. No matter where we are in the world, we prefer to eat where the locals eat. The Night Foodie Walk + Hutong Tour with Christina was one of the highlights of our trip. I booked about a week in advance, Christina promptly responded to emails and answered all of my questions. I recommend this as a first stop on your visit to Beijing because you will learn local customs and culture and be more prepared to order food on your own. Christina is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate sharing her experiences growing up in the hutong and taking us to places where she dines with her family. We tried food we probably would have never discovered or attempted on our own (who knew Donkey was so delicious?) and even went back to one of the places we visited on our own the next night. I can’t recommend Christina or this tour more. Truly a highlight of our visit. You will feel like you are out and about with an old friend. Thank you Christina!

Dan USA Visited in May 2015

food tour review

 

Time:

6:30am-9:30am
Every day

Where:

Meet : Your hotel
End : Your hotel or sites in city

Tour Style:

Walking + Private car

Food Theme:

Local Culture
Beijing morning market
Breakfast experience

Remarks:

Vegetarian option available
Private option available

Wake Up With Beijing

 

 

While other tourists are sleeping get a chance for a true glimpse into real Beijingers starting their morning. This local morning market and street tour will begin with your guide meeting you at your Beijing hotel. Then head through the old quarter of the city, an area hidden away and often overlooked by most guidebooks. Stroll up to the morning market to watch vendors selling and locals buying fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, snacks and clothing. Wander around and get a peak at exotic foods and what produce is in season. The smells, sights and sounds of the market are sure to whet your appetite for the authentic breakfast foods we will soon be sampling.

With the rush of the morning market ending and its transformation into a parking lot, then we will have an authentic Beijing breakfast followed by a tasting of traditional Beijing snacks such as fried breads, soy milk, steamed dumplings, flour soup, dou zhi (a milk made from the mung bean that is especially enjoyed by elders) and jiaoquan ( a golden, crispy, fried circle treat).

A Brief History of Longfushi
Longfusi was a temple built in 1452 during the Ming Dynasty for officials to worship. Later, during the Qing Dynasty, it was converted into a Tibetan Buddhist Temple. The temple was destroyed by a fire in 1901 after which the area was abandoned. During the 1950’s the area would make its way back as a flea market, then become a famous shopping street akin to today’s Wangfujing Street. Today the area is most commonly associated with the morning market and Longfusi Snack Street.
Highlights

-Getting up early and heading to a local market you will get a chance to see Beijing in ways that few tourists have a chance to.
-Go to an authentic, lesser toured market visiting local venues and much more.
-Shop for fresh Chinese edibles and condiments among the locals
– Try 6-8 various traditional breakfast treats and gain insight into daily Beijing life and its cuisine.

There are few things that we like more than a morning market visit. We love the local markets and think you will too, so we have put together a morning tour through the freshest, tastiest places in the local neighborhoods.
Join me on my morning market tour to get a great insight into daily Chinese life, to explore this unique area and experience its cuisine!

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Travelling Party  English Speaking Guide Only
(pay your own transportation)
English speaking guide and
private transport
1 Person $100 $170
2 Persons $65 $100
3 Persons $55 $85
4 Persons $50 $70
5 Persons $45 $65
6 Persons $43 $60
7 Persons $42 $60
8 Persons $40 $55
children Please contact us for detailed quotation  buy tickets

What’s included?

  • An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
  • 4-6 authentic tasting locations and 12+ delicious food and drink (enough for big lunch)(inside establishments or on the sidewalk) and 1 tasting seated in the hutong family for traditional noodle (a 20-25 minute relaxing stop).
  • Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide
  • Fun & informative guided walking tour, including visits local hutong and family
  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide and private car
  • A bottle of mineral water at the beginning of the tour

What’s not included?

  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only

1:How to book

btn-book-1Email us

step1Email us to inquire for availability

Please offer these information

A: Date and time you prefer to start

B: the hotel you stayed

C:The tour you are interested to join, with or without transportation

D:Number of the tourists
step2Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit (PAYMENT 50% deposit to confirm booking Balance payment due on tour day)

C:Meeting point

 

btn-book-2Use our Online booking form

buy tickets

 

 

What happens after my online booking?
After completing your booking on our website Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit

C:Meeting point
In case, you don’t see emails within 24 hours after booking, please check your junk mail inbox. If you still can’t find it, please simply contact us at “info@foodtoursbeijing.com”

2:Cancellation Policy

Should you choose to cancel a booking, Beijing Food Tours must be notified by email.

The following cancellation fees apply for Beijing Food Tour:

  • More than 10 days before departure, all deposit full refund(10USD =60rmb processing fee)
  • 10 to 2 days before departure, loss of 50% of your deposit
  • From 48 hours before the tour starts, loss of all deposit
  • Turning up late to the starting point of the tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation and will result in a loss of all deposit

3:Children Discount

Children less than 5 years old–Free of charge

Children between 5-10 years old –Half price

Children above 10 years old–Same price as adult

Time:

10:00 am-2:00pm
Every day

Where:

Meet : Your hotel
End : Your hotel or sites in city

Tour Style:

Walking + Private car

Food Theme:

Hutong Culture, Traditional Snacks and drinks

Remarks:

Vegetarian option available
Private option available

OFF THE BEATEN PATH FOOD TOUR

 

 

An authentic culinary tour through Lishi hutong, one of the lesser tourist visited hutongs.

Please join us for a culinary tour and experience the real Beijing as only a local world. Our guide will meet you at your hotel to begin this four hour excursion. From your hotel we will visit the Lishi Hutong area where you will be immersed into the real tradition of Chinese culinary culture and get the complete experience of hutong cuisine like an insider. Explore the charming traditional community, walk around the produce market and visit a local courtyard home to taste unique delicacies made with fresh native ingredients.

A Brief History of Hutongs

Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, most prominently Beijing. Hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing and represent an important cultural element of the city. Their tapestry of diverse cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, unique architecture and fascinating stories make them unforgettable destinations. Hutongs originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) but really began to flourish during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). However with the passage of time and the modernization of Beijing many hutongs began to disappear. They have now become representatives of Beijing’s culture for locals and tourists alike and many have been given protected status.

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EXPLORE THE OFF THE BEATEN PATH HUTONG WITH US

Highlights

While there are many hutongs to visit in Beijing, most tourists only go to a handful of them which can be overrun with other tourists. On this off the beaten path food tour we will visit Lishi hutong with a local guide who has intimate knowledge of the surrounding area. Here you will get to experience what it truly feels like to be a local on a more personal level without the crowds.

Included will be 6-8 different food tastings at various diverse locations, such as markets, shops, bakeries and restaurants. You will visit local haunts, get a chance to meet the owners and explore historical sites that few tourists have an opportunity to experience. No chain restaurants here – we will visit mom and pop specialty food shops to try authentic items such as delicious duck necks and sesame cake.

Also wander through a maze of courtyards and spend time with a neighborhood family to get a glimpse of what life is like for a real Beijing hutong resident as you are invited into their home. Here traditional handmade Beijing noodles with pork and sides will be served and you get a chance to feel like a true hutong resident! By staying off the beaten path you will also have a unique chance to support a local community while being entertained by the sights and smells of true Beijing.

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Travelling Party  English Speaking Guide Only
(pay your own transportation)
English speaking guide and
private transport
1 Person $130 $200
2 Persons $75 $115
3 Persons $65 $100
4 Persons $60 $90
5 Persons $55 $80
6 Persons $50 $70
7 Persons $45 $65
8 Persons $40 $60
children Please contact us for detailed quotation  buy tickets

What’s included?

  • An amazingly delicious and 100% local experience
  • 4-6 authentic tasting locations and 12+ delicious food and drink (enough for big lunch)(inside establishments or on the sidewalk) and 1 tasting seated in the hutong family for traditional noodle (a 20-25 minute relaxing stop).
  • Experienced, friendly and entertaining local guide
  • Fun & informative guided walking tour, including visits local hutong and family

What’s not included?

  • Transportation from and to our meeting place if you choose to use a tour guide only

1:How to book

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A: Date and time you prefer to start

B: the hotel you stayed

C:The tour you are interested to join, with or without transportation

D:Number of the tourists
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A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit (PAYMENT 50% deposit to confirm booking Balance payment due on tour day)

C:Meeting point

 

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What happens after my online booking?
After completing your booking on our website Beijing Food Tours will send

A: Confirm space availability and the Confirmation voucher

B:Invoice for the deposit

C:Meeting point
In case, you don’t see emails within 24 hours after booking, please check your junk mail inbox. If you still can’t find it, please simply contact us at “info@foodtoursbeijing.com”

2:Cancellation Policy

Should you choose to cancel a booking, Beijing Food Tours must be notified by email.

The following cancellation fees apply for Beijing Food Tour:

  • More than 10 days before departure, all deposit full refund(10USD =60rmb processing fee)
  • 10 to 2 days before departure, loss of 50% of your deposit
  • From 48 hours before the tour starts, loss of all deposit
  • Turning up late to the starting point of the tour for whatever reason is considered a late cancellation and will result in a loss of all deposit

3:Children Discount

Children less than 5 years old–Free of charge

Children between 5-10 years old –Half price

Children above 10 years old–Same price as adult

Top 10 Must Try Foods in Beijing

One of the many reasons why travelling in China is so wonderful is that all 23 provinces offer their own unique culinary delights. Chinese food is surprising delicious .As the capital, Beijing have so many types of food to offer.The list is long, but we managed to narrow it down to ten foods that you must try when in the Eternal City—some of the best food in China!

Top 10 best food in Beijing during any season!!

1;北京烤鸭 Peking duck

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Peking roast duck is a must-try for visitors to Beijing. With a history of more than 600 years, Peking roast duck is the most famous gourmet cuisine of Beijing and one of the most popular foods in China

The chef first prepares the skin, often served with fruit or sugar for the perfect salty-sweet bite. The meat is then expertly carved and often enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes with crispy vegetables and plum sauce.

2: 包子Steamed Filled Buns 

蒸包子steamed dumplings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Chinese food, a dumpling is a ball of dough filled with meat, fish or sweet fillings. Dumplings can be eaten alone or added to soups and stews as part of a main meal. Steamed dumplings are healthier than fried dumplings.

The delicate rice flour wrappers are pressed into perfect circles by deft hands and are so thin they are almost translucent. The dumplings are steamed to soupy perfection in elegant bamboo baskets.

3:火锅HOTPOT

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Hot Pot has been around over 1,000 years and spread throughout China. Thus, different regions have used hot pot to fit their local tastes。Beijing hotpot refers to Mongolia style.Si Chuan hot pot is normally prepared with hot spice and Sichuan pepper.

Chinese Hotpot consists of a simmering metal pot with broth at the middle of the table. Vegetables ,noodles and meat are brought to the table uncooked so you can cook it the way you want it.Then the cooked food is dipped into our special sauces. You can then add our own making hot sauce.

One misunderstanding is worth mentioning – hot pot is only for winter. This is NOT true. Hot Pot is also suitable for summer as the broth and ingredients are modified to reduce your “internal body heat” during summer.

4:大盘鸡 BIG PLATE CHICKEN

Chicken dish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dapanji is from Xinjiang Province in the northwestern reaches of China.It is a scrumptious combination of bone-in chicken, peppers, potatoes, and a savory tangy sauce, sometimes served over thick, hand-pulled noodles

5:藕 LOTUS ROOT

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果汁藕片 lotus in orange juice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotus root full of fibre, vitamins and nutrients. A nice fresh lotus root is light orangey – brown in colour..

“hot and sour” lotus root is popular in Hunan and Sichuan province

Lotus root in orange juicy which service as a cold dish popular in Beijing

6: 烤肉BBQ

羊肉串mutton kebab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooked mostly by Muslims and found throughout China and most commonly in western China。These restaurants mainly scattered in the local area, there are lots of choice of the kebabs, most popular is mutton, children wings, garlic,kidney etc.

Sit down outside on one of the small chairs and order a dozen pieces while just sitting there and people watching. Make sure to ask for naan bread to go along with the meal.

7:凉皮 cold noodle

凉皮 cold noodle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liang pi is a noodle-like Chinese dish made from wheat or rice flour. It is a specialty dish originating from the Chinese Province of Shaanxi.

Liang pi is typically made from rice flour that is mixed with water and, depending on the variety, washed until only the gluten remains.  The pancakes are then steamed, cooled and cut into thin strips and placed into a bowl with julienned cucumber and bean sprouts. The dish is then layered with a variety of different sauces, each shop having its own special recipe.  These additions can vary, but typically include vinegar, salt, chili oil, smashed garlic in water, and occasionally MSG

8:驴肉火烧Donkey Burger

驴肉火烧Donkey burger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donkey burger usually is a snack food which chopped or shredded donkey meat is placed within a Chinese bread, a roasted, semi-flaky bread pocket, and eaten as a snack or as part of a meal. The meat is often served cold, often with green pepper or cilantro leaves, in a warm Chinese style bread

9:卤煮 Luzhu

卤煮火烧intestines soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luzhu is a popular dish in Beijing.During the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), a popular dish with port is too expensive for locals, so they start to use the pig’s intestine instead.

Luzhuhuoshao is pot stewed pig’s intestine with baked wheat cakes. There’re  pig’s intestine and  pig’s lung in it. It’s a little bit salty and hot. And although it’s made of pig’s entrails, it’s not greasy at all.”

10:炸灌肠 Fried sausage(but no meat)

炸灌肠 fried corn flower cakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dish mainly serve in Beijing only.It start from the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644),It use the corn flour and slices of port fill into the pig’s intestine.It is also popular in the imperial palace.Today not many restaurants serve the dish, local Beijing people still love them.Today the restaurant make the process easy, green bean corn flour mixed with spicy, then make it into the “sausage” there is no meat in it at all

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