北京欢迎你!

Welcome to Beijing!

Hi there! Sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days. I’m currently in Beijing for summer school and the Great Firewall has made it difficult to access facebook and wordpress.

Suffocating censorship laws aside, the good news is that we’ve been working (read: eating) hard to bring you good food reports from the Northern Capital. Contrary to the popular belief that Shanghai is the best place in China for food, Beijing is a fantastic and affordable place to eat in as well, if you know where to look. Traditional north Chinese cuisine has a reputation for being oily, but thanks to a growing expatriate and student community, food enclaves catering to less oil-resistant palates have sprung up around the city.  Gloria came up for a week to visit and we’ve done some of the legwork for you.

We’ll start with Haidian district in the north-western part of Beijing. Haidian is where a majority of Beijing’s universities are located, and consequently there is also a very large student community living and studying in the area. Food-wise, it is also known for really good (and cheap) Korean food centred on the Wudaokou subway station.

Sarangbang Korean Seafood Restaurant
35 Chengfu Road

Dong Yuan Building, Floor 3
Wudaokou,

Haidian District, Beijing

+86 (10) 82618201

Possibly the best Korean food outside of Korea

Look out for Sarangbang Korean Seafood Restaurant. It is on the third floor of the same building in which the Tous Les Jours bakery is. The regular Korean fare (kimchi pork, bulgogi, bimbimbap) are all good, but also try the cold noodles, a chewy buckwheat noodle dish soaked in a sweet-vinegary soup and topped with a slices of cold pork, fragrant pear and watermelon. Nothing like it on a sweltering summer day, to be honest.

Hot day, cold noodles.

Shin Yeh
No. 2401, 4F
Xinzhongguan Shopping Center
19, Zhongguancun Main Street
Haidian District, Beijing

Classic Kung Pow Chicken

If one is in the vicinity touring the Yuanmingyuan and Summer Palace gardens, take the Subway Line 4 down to Haidian Huangzhuang station. Shinyeh restaurant in the Gate Mall serves classic and instantly recognisable Chinese dishes for good value.

Before I conclude, I’d just like to add that both these meals came up to around 60RMB (£6). The equivalent anywhere else would have cost four times as much. We’ve got a whole bunch of other places to tell you about in Beijing, so please continue to visit!

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