Beijing street food at night market

This post will be about street food in Beijing. To be honest after previous travels in Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia it was nothing new to us. I think trying daring food is good to do once and then you can just stick to whatever is tasty.

Now what do I mean by daring food? Insects, chewy creatures of the sea, internal organs that never end up on western plates.

Street food that we love is stir-fry, fried rice and noodle dishes, meat skewers, satay, crepes/pancakes…

Street food market Beijing ChinaOk, maybe we didn’t get there through the main entrance and in fact we stumbled upon it by accident, but let us take the journey through narrow alleys of culinary adventure…

 

Among all the stalls we found a small dining space with a couple of very dirty tables where we sat down (big mistake) to have a soup with noodles ordered at the counter…

 

and then there was some more food…

Now next to this diverse food market there was a goods market with gadgets, clothes, audio equipment, souvenirs and many many more things which can be hard to name…

Our first breakfast was also a small street food cafe. We pointed at some dumplings that we hope to get in a soup. This worked. I think Adam and Mum judged them as the best street food meal we had during our trip.

Besides the dumplings we also order baozi 包子 (known as bao, bau, humbow, nunu, bakpao, bausak, pow, pau or pao). It’s a steamed, filled bun made with yeast. The fillings are different and can be sweet, sour, vegetarian or with meat. You soak them in soya sauce and vinegar. In China soy sauce was already mixed with vinegar, which was quite different to the other Asian countries I visited before where they serve them separate.

I always thought they were called dim sum 点心. It turns out that dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. So like Asian tapas.

I have to say I was never fan of Chinese cuisine. I prefer Thai, Indian, Malaysian dishes. This trip didn’t change my mind. I still will say this: it’s only part of the Chinese food experience I look forward to exploring Sichuan and other regions where I believe food might be more to my liking.

I only recently started to think about myself as a foodie.  However if you ask my boyfriend or best friends there is so many things that I don’t like that maybe I’m not a real foodie. This doesn’t mean I don’t try new things. I do. But it doesn’t mean I like them. There will be more posts on food in China coming. I’m even considering re visiting other countries I visited just to write about the food we tried there.

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