Beijing Food Tour: Exploring Local Hutong Restaurants with Lost Plate

On December 4 Lost Plate invited me to join their Beijing Evening Food Tour, a delicious and thrilling food experience that involved zooming around the city by tuktuk to try 10 authentic dishes at 4 sit-down restaurants, plus one craft brewery. I’ve previously been on one of their food tours, and so I once again happily (and hungrily) accepted. As Lost Plate says of themselves, this isn’t your standard “go to a market and then a street-food stall” experience. And it truly isn’t. This is a deep dive into local culture, with history and stories coming alive around you while rich and diverse flavors explode in your mouth. It’s heavenly. As someone who has lived in Beijing for 3 years you can take it from me: this is the best way to experience local restaurants in Beijing. We often don’t take the time to explore new places or even savor our favorites, so why not take an evening to do just that? And their tours aren’t limited to Beijing, or even evening times. They also offer tours in Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Yunnan, and Xi’an, as well as breakfast tours, and unique food travel tours. Whether you’re new to China or have been here for years and are looking for new experiences, their tours are for you. If you want to book a tour, make sure you use my code for a discount at checkout: RACHELMEETSCHINA Now let’s get on to the food! 1. Traditional Beijing noodles: Zhajiangmian 炸酱面 Zhajiangmian (“fried sauce noodles”) are made of thick wheat noodles topped with a soybean paste sauce and cucumbers, radishes, and other vegetables. These ingedients are served separately, then you can personally add them together and mix it up for a fresh taste! These are traditional Beijing noodle you can find all over the city. I’ve had many bowls of zhajiangmian during my time here, but it’s always a joy to revisit this classic dish. (Also, who could say no to a bowl of noodles? I don’t want to be friends with that person.) Zhajiangmian (“fried sauce noodles") are made of thick wheat noodles topped with a soybean paste sauce and cucumbers, radish, and other vegetables. Mix all together and enjoy! pic.twitter.com/WtmrtxVH7Y— Rachel Meets China (@rachelinchina2) December 5, 2021 2. Mongolian BBQ The second stop was a wonderful surprise for me because it was in my old hutong neighborhood in Beijing near Beixinqiao. It was a restaurant I had walked by many times but actually never visited before! Inside we were greeted with large plates of meat and vegetables soaking in marinades and just waiting to sizzle on the grill. Mongolian BBQ is cooked on a grill over coals and is a fun experience to cook your own food and eat right away. It is also perfect on a chilly night

Beijing Food Tour: Exploring Local Hutong Restaurants with Lost Plate

On December 4 Lost Plate invited me to join their Beijing Evening Food Tour, a delicious and thrilling food experience that involved zooming around the city by tuktuk to try 10 authentic dishes at 4 sit-down restaurants, plus one craft brewery. I’ve previously been on one of their food tours, and so I once again happily (and hungrily) accepted.

As Lost Plate says of themselves, this isn’t your standard “go to a market and then a street-food stall” experience. And it truly isn’t. This is a deep dive into local culture, with history and stories coming alive around you while rich and diverse flavors explode in your mouth. It’s heavenly.

As someone who has lived in Beijing for 3 years you can take it from me: this is the best way to experience local restaurants in Beijing. We often don’t take the time to explore new places or even savor our favorites, so why not take an evening to do just that? And their tours aren’t limited to Beijing, or even evening times. They also offer tours in Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Yunnan, and Xi’an, as well as breakfast tours, and unique food travel tours. Whether you’re new to China or have been here for years and are looking for new experiences, their tours are for you.

If you want to book a tour, make sure you use my code for a discount at checkout: RACHELMEETSCHINA

Now let’s get on to the food!

1. Traditional Beijing noodles: Zhajiangmian 炸酱面

Zhajiangmian (“fried sauce noodles”) are made of thick wheat noodles topped with a soybean paste sauce and cucumbers, radishes, and other vegetables. These ingedients are served separately, then you can personally add them together and mix it up for a fresh taste!

These are traditional Beijing noodle you can find all over the city. I’ve had many bowls of zhajiangmian during my time here, but it’s always a joy to revisit this classic dish. (Also, who could say no to a bowl of noodles? I don’t want to be friends with that person.)

2. Mongolian BBQ

The second stop was a wonderful surprise for me because it was in my old hutong neighborhood in Beijing near Beixinqiao. It was a restaurant I had walked by many times but actually never visited before!

Inside we were greeted with large plates of meat and vegetables soaking in marinades and just waiting to sizzle on the grill. Mongolian BBQ is cooked on a grill over coals and is a fun experience to cook your own food and eat right away. It is also perfect on a chilly night

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