Beijing: Exploring the Hutongs and Hua’s Restaurant

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Exploring the hutongs

After visiting the Summer Palace, we headed back to the hutongs in search of lunch. We figured we’d wonder around and try to find somewhere that looks good. Along the way we sampled some Old Beijing Yoghurt and shaobing filled with red bean paste before stumbling upon Hua’s Restaurant. This had to be fate. I had researched best traditional Beijing restaurants and had really wanted to visit Hua’s but there wasn’t any time. But then we discovered it by accident! We had a HUGE feast, trying as much traditional food as possible! Hua’s is quite famous because they serve imperial-style food, using recipes from “Notes of Imperial Court Food” written during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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Old Beijing Yoghurt, served in claypots with straws

 

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Gambling on the side of the road

 

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Time for a shaobing stuffed with red bean paste!

 

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Delicious!!

 

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Hua’s Restaurant

 

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Peking Duck, of course

 

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Inside

 

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Browsing the huge menu

 

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Our feast!

 

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Mixed Seaweed with Chef’s Special Sauce

 

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Beijing style noodles served with soybean paste

 

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Pan-fried Sesame Buns Stuffed with Minced Pork and Scallion

 

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Braised Eggplant in Empress Dowager Cixi’s Cooking Way

 

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Signature Scallion Oil Pancake

 

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Northern style dumplings

 

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Spring Rolls, Traditional Beijing Style

 

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Spicy & Numbing Crayfish

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