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The Most Popular Snack Streets in Beijing

The Most Popular Snack Streets in Beijing

The night market is a place where foodies gather to drink wine. There is a saying that walking around a city is the best way to get to know it. China is a vast land with cities that differ tremendously from one another. The night market is the best place to get a feel of the local atmosphere. Additionally, as people enjoy the convenience of tasting various foods the night market has virtually become a place for visitors not to miss.

Gui Street

Gui Street

Gui Street is located within Dongzhimen, East of Second Ring Road in the Western region of the Dongzhimen overpass. It is also west of East Main Street crossing. On this street that is over 1 kilometer, there are more than 150 commercial shops, among which 90% shops offer catering. The amount of restaurants available are second to none in Beijing. Thus, it has a reputation as the catering street of Beijing.

Beijing has many well-known food items available including, fried beef tripe, lamb spine hot pot, among others. In the past few years, another food chain known for its spicy crayfish has emerged on Gui Street. Recently, the Sautéed Bullfrog in Chili Sauce and grilled fish from Chongqing have become the most popular food items on Gui Street. A distinctive feature of Gui Street is that the later it is at night, the more foodies can enjoy the various food around them. If you are a night-owl, you should visit, socialize with others while eating. The small shops there are perfect for friend outings where you can kick back, drink wine and enjoy the night. There are several dishes you can enjoy that range from Sautéed Crab in Hot Spicy Sauce to Fish Filets in Hot Chili Oil. In the summer, you can go to the Yiyuan restaurant, located in the courtyard house, to appreciate the moon while eating there at night. Yiyuan restaurant is a great place to have a large party outside and inside the house where there is entertainment and the aroma of delicious food. If you find yourself hungry in the middle of the night you should take a taxi straight to Gui street. It is convenient to take a train to Gui Street from Qianmen Street, get off at Dongzhimen and go inside along Dongnei Street where you will find the restaurant.

Donghuamen Night Street

Donghuamen Night Street

A variety of food stalls along the street have formed a distinctive scenery for onlookers. Walking along this street with the smell of cooking oil surrounding you, you will experience the natural, simplistic feeling of Beijing in the old days. There are approximately 200 food stalls in Donghuamen night street where 500 types of snacks from all over the country, including mutton shish kebab, purple rice porridge, bean juice, bean jelly, buckwheat cake, lotus porridge, plum syrup and various fried foods are there. From the New Dongan market to Donghuamen Street is a set of lights and a path crammed with people. Let’s go experience the culture of sidewalk snack booths and inclusiveness of Beijing’s night markets. You can take bus number 2 or 839 to Donghuamen from Qianmen (the front gate).

Longfu Temple Snack Street

Longfu Temple Snack Street

A variety of delicacies allow you to freely eat as you walk around. Embracing various snacks around the country, the street has the Baikuilaohao restaurant, which is the best authentic Islamic restaurant in the city. It is famous for its authentic bean juice, and all type of roast meat. As the night continues, there is a liveliness of the area with small shops selling steaming foods, the sound of frying foods rising over one another. It is suggested, though, that you buy a sausage and sleeve-fish that are usually priced at about 3 to 5 yuan. If you don’t have time or prefer fast food, Mcdonald’s,KFC, and wonton restaurant are also available. You can take bus number 2 or 803 from Qianmen to Longfu Temple Snack Street and get off at the station of south of Kuanjie crossing. Make sure you check the station board to know which direction to take.
     
Baikuilaohao is one of the most well-known Islamic restaurant in Beijing, renowned for its braised mutton with soy sauce it has a unique flavor. It is in the strict selection of materials, fine preparation and distinct cooking method. The material has to be the made of mutton -- not too fat or lean and not too tough or tender. There are over ten types of ingredients needed to make the braised mutton, including clove, Zingiberaceae, radix angelicae and superior sauces and sugar, etc., that are mixed. After many procedures like braising, simmering and deep frying, etc., the mutton will have a rich, distinctive taste.

The specialties of this restaurant are “braised mutton with soy sauce,” “chrysanthemum sheephead,” “roast young pigeon,” “crispy fried mutton,” “braised mutton strip,” “roasted lamp tripe” and “lamp strip soup.”.All of these are very popular dishes in Beijing.

Wangfujing Snack Street

Wangfujing Snacks Street

At night, the street is crowded with tourists. Most of them are from western countries, which often leads sellers to overcharge them. If you would like a comfortable environment to eat, Xingdongan restaurant is a good choice. Both busses and trains are convenient to travel to Wangfujing and buses number 20, 120, 59 and 803 are available at Qianmen (the front gate).