Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Beijing Street Food

Beijing has some excellent cheap eats to be found on its streets.

Most Beijingers frequently grab something from a street stall, whether it be the ubiquitous breakfasts youtiao (a deep-fried stick of dough) and zhou (rice congee or porridge) washed down with a cup of douzhi (bean curd milk) or another type of snack such as kao yang rou chuan (a roasted lamb kebab).

Beijing Food Stall

Other common foods found on street stalls include mala tang (spicy noodle soups), hongshu (baked sweet potatoes) and rou jiamo (braised pork in a baked bun). More exotic fare may include some varieties of insect including white scorpions, cicadas and centipedes.

Beijing Food Stall Insects

The most famous place for tourists to sample Beijing street food is Donghuamen Night Market, near Wangfujing Dajie opposite the Xin Dong An Plaza, where prices at its multitude of food stalls are much higher than just off the street anywhere else in the city. The nearest subway station is Wangfujing on the East-West Line.

On the whole most street food in Beijing is safe to eat, but those with weak stomachs may prefer to eat elsewhere.

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