The dinner tour is a celebration of Lao Beijing (Old Beijing) so expect the intense flavors and powerful dishes that have been fueling these northerners through frigid winters and sizzling summers for millennia.
Over the course of 3 hours, youll enjoy more than 15 tastings at three seated stops. Youll start with an edible history lesson, learning about Genghis Khan while dip-cooking meat and vegetables at the Mongolian-style hotpot that his army of fierce warriors invented. Youll pair that with baijiu, the worlds most consumed spirit, and local beer, as well as hand-stuffed boiled dumplings and the citys famed sauced meat a delectable local snack passed down through the ages.
Just through the hutong, youll sample grilled kebabs made by a displaced Chinese Muslim population from the countrys far northwest. Youll also sink your teeth into the citys cant-miss street food: jianbing (Chinese crepe), local donkey burgers and jarred yogurt, before finishing up at a patriotic family-run chicken wing joint that does Beijingers proud.
The big, bold flavors of Northeast China combined with the historic imperial cuisine and humble fare of the capitals many migrants are what makes Beijings dining scene unique. Steer clear of the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat its best to get off the busy thoroughfares and into the hutong (alleyways) to explore the best food in town, and that's exactly where you eat on this tour.