Book your selected option and meet your guide in central Beijing for your chosen tour. Whichever option you’ve selected, your explorations will take you into Beijing’s hutongs for several food and drink tastings. Both tours end when your guide leaves you at the original starting point.
Street Food Tour (3 hrs):
Delve into the narrow alleyways and absorb the old-school atmosphere as you pass food stands, cafes, and restaurants. As you walk, call at different food spots and uncover the intricacies and ingredients of the city’s culinary culture.
Sample some Beijing yogurt and tanghulu, sugared fruits like crab apples or yams speared onto sticks. Taste regional delicacies at a restaurant specializing in China’s northwestern Shanxi cuisine, and snack on staples like sesame bread, sweet ears (tang er duo), date cake, and mahua bread.
Try some traditional Lanzhou foods like kebabs, eggplant, and leeks, and visit a dumpling outlet to enjoy scrumptious steamed baozi buns and jiazo dumplings, both typically eaten for breakfast.
Wash down your tastings with a glass of baijiu — Beijing’s much-loved, strong liquor — and finish with a jianbing fried pancake and tastings from a malatang hotpot before your tour concludes.
Bizarre Food Tour (3 hrs):
Head into Beijing’s hutongs and soak up the gritty atmosphere and bustle of the traditional lanes. Follow your guide to hidden food spots where unusual flavors reign supreme, and dare to try some delicacies you’ve never heard of before.
Foods may vary, but you could try specialities like lamb intestine soup, 100-year-old eggs, and fried pig liver, all of them beloved by locals and considered everyday foodstuffs. Other tidbits might include duck’s blood tofu or spicy slices of duck’s neck, and other beloved-but-bizarre-sounding tidbits.
After pushing your taste buds' boundaries for three hours, your tour finishes at the start point.