Category Archives: Dining

Traditional Snacks for Tomb Sweeping Day

Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as the Qingming Festival, is an important holiday in Chinese culture. Historical records show it has been observed for more than 2,500 years. The day began as a marker of rising temperature and the start of the farming season....


Authentic Food at Nanjing Dapaidang

Nanjing Dapaidang surely makes an impression. From the red lanterns hung high and its large wooden doors, the restaurant is determined to transport dinners back to Nanjing’s glory days as capital of the Republic of China (1912–1949). With more than 10 branch locations in...


Duck Dishes of the North and South

Beijing duck may be the most famous authentically Chinese dish in the world. Its crispy skin, juicy meat and unique dining style have won it worldwide acclaim. Although, Beijing’s roasted duck might be China’s most famous, duck is used in many Chinese cuisines. The...


Fall in Love at Xiang’ai Restaurant

The word Xiang’ai means fall in love, but if you replace the original character with another xiang, it takes on a new meaning. With three extra strokes, Xiang refers to Hunan and is often used to describe the province’s food. Xiang’ai restaurant uses xiang...


Flavor the Dish Sauces in Chinese Cooking

There are many varieties of Chinese cuisine, but most diners judge their quality by the color, aroma and taste of each dish. In order to meet expectations, Chinese chefs rely on a dizzying array of sauces. Historical records say the earliest seasonings used in...


Huguosi Xiaochi

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...


Finding Tradition in Beijing Snacks

Spring Festival makes Chinese people nostalgic. It is the time of the year that everyone starts to talk about tradition and makes an honest attempt to rediscover what is quintessentially Chinese. But after eating dumplings, lighting fireworks and visiting temple fairs, exploring traditional snacks...


Delicious Mutton at Hongtailang

As a city with a significant Muslim minority for nearly 1,000 years, Beijing has no shortage of restaurants that specialize in mutton and lamb. Most places are Xinjiang restaurants or restaurants specializing in northwestern cuisine, which can be off-putting for diners who dislike the...


China’s Love Affair with Mutton

Forgotten by much of the Western world, mutton remains a common component of culinary traditions around the globe. Many people favor its texture and strong taste as much as the more delicate flavor of lamb, and both are among China’s most consumed meats. Chyxx.com,...


Holiday Season Foods

According to the Gregorian calendar, the first month of 2016 has already passed. However, the 2016 of the Chinese Lunar Year won’t arrive until February 8. Spring Festival, also known as Chinese Lunar New Year, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn...