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Beijing Cuisine

By Viator, September 2013

4 14 Reviews | Add your review

To think of Chinese cuisine as one unified whole is an error; the landmass of China is as large as the United States and its regional cuisine is just as diverse, with Beijing’s popular dishes tasting completely different from those of Southern or Western provinces.

You really shouldn’t leave Beijing without trying the city’s iconic dish, Peking Duck. The dish has been part of the Beijing food scene since the imperial era, made by pumping air beneath the skin of the duck before roasting to give it crispy, delicious skin and succulent meat. Slices of the meat are then wrapped in a thin rice paper pancake with green onion, cucumber and hoisin sauce and eaten like a taco.

Since Beijing has served as the capital of China for centuries, the food has been influenced by other regions of the country, as you’ll see on a Beijing street food tour. Dishes like Chinese omelets and savory pancakes — popular in the surrounding Shangdong Province, as well as steamed dumplings, a dish more commonly associated with Shanghai.

To understand a cuisine, you first must understand the ingredients, and visiting a local market is the perfect way to do so. On an Experience Beijing Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour, a professional chef will guide you through a local food market where locals come to buy their vegetables and meats, before taking your purchases to a local family home. During the cooking class, you’ll learn the tools and techniques, like woks and cleavers, used to prepare four popular Beijing dishes.

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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Learn how to make authentic Chinese food during this Beijing cooking class, taught by an expert chef. Take a walking tour through a market to learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.90

Small-Group Beijing Street Food Tour at Night Including Dumpling Making

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Join a local guide for an immersive culinary experience in Beijing. This gourmet food tour at night takes you through mazes of alleys to markets and street ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $33.00

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