Food Glorious In Beijing

The first post I wrote was about how we got to Beijing and the second post was about trekking at the Great Wall of China. This post is about food — an important part of a good trip.

Peking Duck Central

We’re in Beijing. The world over knows about this city’s special roast duck — Peking Duck. Our first dinner in Beijing was at Quan Ju De Peking Duck Restaurant. This is the best and oldest Peking Duck restaurant in China. The recipe is believed to come from the emperor’s chef. Back then, it was forbidden for commoners to eat this style of roast duck. And now, it’s open season for everyone to enjoy.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and it has two dining floors. Many dignitaries and famous people come to this restaurant to taste the finest roast ducks in the country. No. It’s the finest…in the world. We had to wait for about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get a table. It was worth it given the fame of the restaurant.

How does it taste? It was mesmerizing. Juicy and tender. The crispy skin has just crisp and no hint of chewiness. It was pure savoury decadent that, at one time, only emperors of China could experience. Below are some photos of our dining experience.

A grand entrance to the Quan Ju De Roast Duck restaurant near Qianmen.

Inside of the restaurant. People waiting or inquiring on the wait time.

Goofing around while we wait for our 2 Peking roast ducks (L-R: Anne, Thanou and Hyeonji).

The chef is carving our first duck. Hyeonji taking a photo and Alex looking calm (yet the next photo tells a different story).


Alex is going at it.

Eating the Olympic Style – There are Losers and Winners

The next night, we headed Beijing Olympic Park to check out the Bird’s Nest Stadium and other Olympic landmarks. To our surprise, there was a huge and long food tent just in front of the stadium. Say no more. We’re ready to eat — like a champion. It was huge inside the tent with food vendors along both sides. The shear number of vendors and people got me into a frenzy of hunger blindness. I want to eat everything.

In order to get food, I had to buy a food debit card for 100 yuan. It cost 10 yuan for the cost of the card, so there’s only 90 yuan to buy the food. A plate of food cost between 15 yuan to 45 yuan (multiple of 15). There’s all kinds of food there but the portion to price point is disappointing. The taste didn’t help much. The noodle dishes that I ate were salty and nothing else.

Out of the four of us, Anne deserves a medal for eating scorpions for dinner. She was in the zone and truly ate like a champ. An easy gold medal for her and no medal for the food tent.

The big food tent full of people. I am dazzled by the variety of food. The dishes that I ate were a let down. Salty and nothing else.

Chomping on her 3rd and final scorpion. Give this woman a gold medal!