Famous old Beijing Restaurants

Similar to many old cities, there are a number of old famous restaurants in Beijing. Each owns a signified dish. If you want to experience genuine Beijing flavor, then you definitely want to pay attention.


The name might seem peculiar to you, but the food is certainly not. Beijing is famous Peking Duck and Quanjude cooks the best Peking Duck all over the globe. People always say it doesn't count if you have visited Beijing without trying Quanjude's roast duck. You can imagine how delicious it is. Quanjude was established more than 100 years ago during Qing dynasty (1644-1911) by a businessman who earned his living by supplying live chickens and ducks to the market. He hired a cook who had once served in the imperial kitchen and Quanjude soon became famous for bringing the imperial flavor to the normal citizen.


Another pronounced Beijing dish is quick-boiled mutton and you can say Donglaishun serves the best quick-boiled mutton. The sliced mutton served in Donglaishun is as thin as a piece of paper and legend says the raw meat in Donglaishun tastes like watermelon. It was once a porridge shop and was refurbished by two brothers in 1902. You may be wondering why Donglaishun is famous for quick-boiled mutton even if it's cooked in a serve-it-yourself manner. The secret lies in the materials used and the unique flavor seasonings they provide.


Another old famous Beijing restaurant I would like to introduce is Duyichu. It's famous for its Shaomai, a bit like stuffed bun but with rice in it. It won reputation in the Qing dynasty after the Emperor Qianlong paid a visit to it. There is actually an interesting story behind the name "Duyichu". The emperor was starving on his way back to the Forbidden City one night, but all the restaurants are closed except for this one. He went in and was satisfied with the food very much. Noticing that it hadn't got a name, Qianlong wrote three Chinese characters "Duyichu" (the only restaurant opening in the capital city) with great enthusiastic.