Bǎoyuán Dumpling Restaurant

Dumplings in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Fun for the kids – but also tasty enough for parents – this excellent dumpling restaurant dazzles diners with a huge selection of multicoloured jiǎozi (饺子; boiled dumplings), including many vegetarian options. The dough dyes are all natural (carrots make the orange; spinach the green) and only add to the flavour of the fillings; as good as any in Běijīng.

Dumplings are ordered and priced by the liǎng (about 50g). One liǎng gets you six dumplings. Not much English spoken, but there’s an English sign and menu, and it's nonsmoking. Cash only.