Beijing’s dinnertime cuisine is so much more than the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat on sticks! Instead, join our small group food tour and explore delicious, local dishes shoulder-to-shoulder with Beijingers in a traditional Hutong neighborhood. You’ll try authentic dishes that Chinese chefs have been perfecting for thousands of years, and learn about the history and culture of Beijing along the way.
SAMPLE CLASSIC BEIJING DISHES
From “chuanr” to “jarred yogurt”, Beijing’s snack scene is unrivalled. And you can’t leave Beijing without trying donkey burger – trust us, it’s so much better than you think!
Drink your fill of local beers and sample the world’s most popular liquor at each of our stops –you’ll learn the secret meaning behind ganbei (“cheers” in Chinese).
HEAD DEEP INTO THE HUTONGS
These wandering alleyways are bustling with local neighborhood life, and some of the best mom-and-pop shops are buried deep down the lanes.
LEARN THE HISTORY BEHIND THE DISHES
With more than 5,000 years of culinary history, China pairs its best dishes with great stories. Find out the legends behind the country’s original dumplings and the noodles with an impossible-to-write name.
MASTER THE DIP-BOIL METHOD
Learn to cook your lamb like a Mongolian warrior preparing for battle during the Yuan Dynasty. We’ll give you the recipe to recreate this great group meal when you’re back home.
Non-meat eaters are more than welcome and will find plenty to eat. We will make substitutions where possible. (If you’d like to book this as a private tour that features only vegetarian or pescetarian food, please contact us.)
This tour offers a limited selection of dishes, but we are able to make some substitutions and add in excellent veg & tofu options at some stops.
If the diner is ok with soy sauce, Zhenjiang vinegar and oyster sauce (we understand people with an intolerance can usually stomach these, but people suffering from celiac disease cannot), then the Old Beijing Dinner tour will have some options, but choices will be limited. It’s very difficult in general to find completely gluten-free dining in China. Here’s a blog post we’ve written about eating gluten free in China.
These allergies have not been a problem in the past, however we cannot guarantee that the utensils and other cooking tools used in the kitchen to prepare our food tour dishes have not touched any shellfish/nut ingredients. Please bring your epi pen or other meds to the tour if you choose to participate