Bāozi Pù

Noodles in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Despite going the touristy route in recent years, this Nanluogu Xiang pit-stop still does a cracking bowl of 'knife-cut noodles' (刀削面, dāo xiāo miàn). A staple from Shanxi province, thick noodles are whittled off a hefty brick of dough directly into the cooking pot, before being served up with pork belly, beansprouts, coriander and a ladle of soup.

You can also grab a steamer of mini pork or vegetable buns (包子, bāozi, ¥9).