July 22, 2010

Beijing foods

I remember not being impressed with Beijing food ten years ago. As far as I could remember, Beijing food was far too oily and bland. But surprisingly all the restaurants I dined at this round were really good.

Beijing Dadong Kaoya Dian is acclaimed for ite Peking duck and claims to use a special method to reduce the amount of fat in its birds. The duck slices are served with a wide assortment of condiments (garlic, green onion, radish). The menu is extensive and dishes are presented in a visually appealing manner. Every meal comes with a free fruit plate and dessert.

The exterior of the restaurant

The chef skinning the duck right before our eyes

Kaorou Ji at the Back Lakes area is a Muslim restaurant famed for its roast lamb on hotplate. We ordered the signature lamb dish and though I'm not a fan of lamb, the meat was very well marinated with various spices and masked the characteristic smell of the meat. After dinner, we strolled around the area and most bars/cafes were packed with people watching the kick-off of the World Cup.

Exterior of Kaorou Ji

Back Lakes area by night

Since everyone was tired by the last night, we had dinner at a restaurant near our hotel, which proved to be pretty good. There were several other restaurants at the same row and all were brightly and attractively lit to lure diners.

The restaurant we chose among the row of brightly lit establishments

Other restaurants in the vicinity


smallkucing said...

*drooling* at the food

jazzmint said...

wow sedap...

BoeyJoey said...

i went beijing more than 10 years ago... agree that food was either too oily or too salty. and bland. looks like their standard has improved consideraly :-).

A Mom's Diary said...

smallkucing/Jazz - :-)

Boey Joey - indeed, I was surprised they tasted so good.

zmm said...


I think I'd been to the 1st restaurant you mentioned. The one that served fatless roast duck!

A Mom's Diary said...

ZMM - that was really good, wasn't it?