Beijing’s dinner time cuisine is so much more than the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat on sticks! Join this small group food tour as you explore delicious, traditional dishes shoulder-to-shoulder with Beijingers in a traditional Hutong neighborhood. You’ll meet your bilingual guide and small group at a convenient location, then head out to try traditional dishes that Chinese chefs have been perfecting for thousands of years.
The dinner tour is a celebration of Lao Beijing (Old Beijing) – so expect the intense flavors and powerful dishes that have been fueling these northerners through frigid winters and sizzling summers for millennia. Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll enjoy more than 15 tastings at five seated stops, plus you'll grab takeaways snacks at several stops to nibble on as we walk through the hutongs. You’ll start with an edible history lesson, learning about Genghis Khan while dip-cooking meat and vegetables at the Mongolian-style hotpot that his army of fierce warriors invented. You’ll pair that with baijiu, the world’s most consumed spirit, and local beer, as well as hand-stuffed boiled dumplings.Just through the hutong, you’ll sample a flight of craft rice wine, then slurp down China's most delicious noodles. You’ll also sink your teeth into the city’s can’t-miss street food: local donkey burgers and jarred yogurt, before finishing up at a patriotic family-run chicken wing joint that does Beijingers proud.The big, bold flavors of Northeast China combined with the historic imperial cuisine and humble fare of the capital’s many migrants are what makes Beijing’s dining scene unique. Steer clear of the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat – it’s best to get off the busy thoroughfares and into the hutong (alleyways) to explore the best food in town, and that's exactly where you eat on this tour.