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Beijing Cuisine

By Viator, August 2015

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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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Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 66 Reviews

Dine on exquisite Chinese cuisine at a Peking Duck banquet dinner then enjoy traditional entertainment from a Chinese acrobat troupe on this Beijing evening ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99

Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 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

Best Small-Group Beijing Street Food Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Eating while walking or walking while eating – a perfect walking tour to fill your stomach with delicious local food without feeling guilty. Join this tasty ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.00

Chinese Cooking Class in A Private Courtyard with Local Market Visit

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest cuisines, Chinese food is much loved the world over. In this fun and very much hands-on cooking class try your hand at ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

Peking Duck Banquet with Private Transfer

What should I do as priority in Beijing? The most famous Peking Duck is the thing you have to try out. This tour provides round-way private transfer service to ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.00

Private Beijing Culture and Food Tour: Forbidden City and Off The Beaten Path Hutong Food Tour

Private Culture tour to the world's famous Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City. Having homemade lunch in the local hutong courtyard home. Off the beaten path ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.00

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