When travelling to a new country, one of the best ways to experience it is to sample the local food and try eating as the locals do, instead of sticking to familiar tastes like McDonalds or Pizza Hut.
In Beijing, the street food culture is thriving, and there’s a whole array of street food available to anyone exploring this city – from tea leaf eggs, steamed buns, lamb kebabs to duck’s neck and fried scorpions, there’s almost anything you can think of. What’s more, they are also cheap, convenient and delicious!
Below, we introduce you to some of the most popular and beloved street foods. Be warned though, they are super addicting!
Ma La Tang
Ma la tang literally means numbing spicy soup, and the name says it all. It’s basically different kinds of meat, mushrooms, vegetables, noodles and other stuff of your choosing boiled in a vat of hot oily pepper soup, which is then doused in sauces and condiments. Ma La stalls are a very common sight in Beijing, and there’re always lots of people gathering around the hot vats getting in their ma la tang fix. The spiciness of the soup really warms up the body, so it’s especially good during the winter. This is for those who can handle spiciness!
Jian bing is often eaten for breakfast or as a snack. They are made on the spot when you order, so it’s always fresh and piping hot. The batter is spread around a griddle and an egg is spread on top of it. Next comes a sprinkling of cilantro and scallions and slatherings of sauces. Then a piece of fried dough crisp is added. This is the key ingredient that makes the jian bing complete. Finally, the pancake is folded into a square and then handed to you.
Donkey is a popular meat in China that might shock tourists at first, but those who are willing to try it typically find themselves enjoying it. Donkey burger, as the name implies, consists of chopped or shredded donkey meat placed between two buns. If you can get past the fact you’re eating donkey, it’s said to be delicious, and healthier too as it contains more proteins and is lower in fat.
If you have tried any of these foods before, do share with us your thoughts on them!
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