Beijing is the capital of China, it is also the tourism center with many attractions, especially the street foods. In this article, we will provide you with the 8 famous and delicious street food dishes you cannot miss when coming to Beijing. These delicious street foods are ranked the top of list by visitors.
Tanghulu – Glazed Haw Thorns
On the top of the list, we should mention the famous lollipop of China – Tanghulu. The haws soaked in warm reddish-brown sugar water and connected into a long chain have become childhood memories of many Chinese generations.
This dish appeared in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and it is said to have been the cure of a yogi for the emperor Song Guangzong (1147-1200).
In modern times, there are countless kinds of candy, the Tanghulu chains are still popular among young people due to the frequency of their appearances in the ancient films along with their favorite idols.
It is very difficult for foreigners to enjoy this dish because its smell is quite distinctive. However, almost fans of this dish said that the more the tofu smell, the better it is.
Born in the Kangxi ages of Qing dynasty, the stinky tofu nowadays is fried for display at popular night markets, the roadside. People often eat with vegetables and chili sauce. This is also considered a challenge for foreign tourists when coming to China. Experience to enjoy this dish for first-time newcomers is “taste this when you have a nasal congestion”
Eggs boiled with herbal tea
Eggs are boiled in tea, soy sauce, cinnamon, aniseed, sugar syrup. For a deep boiling water mixture, when the eggs are ripe, they roll the eggs slightly to break the shell into small cracks and continue to boil them in that solution for a while.
Malatang means spicy – numb – hot, this name is to describe the main tastes of this skewering hot pot. Instead of eating hot pot in restaurants, you can simply enjoy this dish right at the roadside.
There are many kinds of food to choose and they will be individually sliced into pieces such as meat, vegetables, seafood, tofu, etc. All will be dipped in a spicy hot pot. This dish is especially favored when the weather is cold.
Street barbecue can now be a hot trend to young people. It is favored by its ease of use and its taste. The fragrance of barbecued meat on the kitchen will hold the people walking through to enjoy.
People can eat a variety of foods such as chickens, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, duck and chicken feet, birds, squids, etc. They will be marinated with spices and then skewered on the grill. People do not need to add any more spices.
Baked sweet potato
At the end of the 16th century, sweet potatoes were introduced to China but it quickly took an important position in the food crops here. Because they are located in Northeast Asia with cold winter, baked sweet potatoes are an extremely popular street snacks in China. People bake sweet potatoes in large buckets and keep this barrel brought to the market to keep potatoes hot.
Stewed meat sandwich
Stewed meat sandwich is said to have started its appearance in Shaanxi province 2,000 years ago. Now, this food is popular throughout China. Pork used in this sandwich are stewed with a variety of spices, then sandwiched in breads with vegetables, green chilies and peppers.
Baozi – Dumplings
This is the China’s most distinctive dish and it is sold everywhere in the country. Dumplings have many kinds with the kernels of vegetables, meat, sweet, salty, soup full. There are two ways to process which is steaming and frying.
This dish is said to have begun in the Three Kingdoms period and is China’s oldest historical dish.
Beijing may be considered as the most outstanding city with diversifying cuisine in China. If you come to visit Beijing, do not miss the chance to enjoy the dishes of this area. Perhaps this list does not contain enough special foods and drinks of Beijing. If there is any dish missed, you can contribute your own ideas.