Huguosi Xiaochi is one of the most famous snack chains in Beijing. Founded in 1956 by the Chinese government, the restaurant has been operating for more than 50 years. But its real origins date back to ancient China.
The tradition of Huguosi Xiaochi started from Huguosi Temple Fair. According to historical records, Huguo Temple was built in Yuan dynasty. On every eighth day of the lunar month, street vendors would converge on the temple to sell small treats, including lüdagun (rolling donkeys), wandoug huang (pea cakes) and aiwowo (steamed corn buns).
Huguosi Xiaochi preserves the tradition of that temple fair and is famous for its traditional Beijing snacks. Along with the snacks, it also serves braised oxtail, tasimi and other Halal snacks.
The restaurant is very famous in Beijing, and customers often have to wait in line to order. The menu consists mostly of sweet pastries, traditional Beijing snacks, porridge and tea.
Huguosi Xiaochi has more than 30 branch stores in Beijing and is easy to find. The food is well-known for its affordability, with some desserts priced as little as 2 yuan. If you missed out on Beijing traditional snacks during the Spring Festival, Huguosi Xiaochi offers a place where you can find them year-round.