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Life in Beijing: 5 Must-Visit Restaurants For New Interns

As soon as new interns arrive in Beijing, they are itching to get a taste of what the city is all about.  One of the best ways to gain an understanding of local culture is to sample the wide variety of cuisine available in China's capital city.

After getting interns sorted out at our internship orientation, one of the most common questions our new arrivals have is, "where should we eat?"

In response, we have decided to compile this list of 5 Must-Visit Beijing Restaurants For New Interns.

1.) Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant


All Beijingers know that there is no meal in the city that screams "BEIJING" more than Beijing duck.  The city is flush with award-winning duck joints. Deciding which restaurant serves the "Ultimate Beijing Duck" is largely a matter of personal preference.  Some poultry purveyors prefer the layers of juicy fat found underneath the golden brown skin of Quan Ju De's famous birds.  Others prefer the combination of both Chinese and French duck roasting techniques at Duck De Chine.

Yet when it comes to impressing newcomers, the "super lean" roast ducks served at Da Dong are hard to beat.  Da Dong's duck meat manages to be both incredibly lean and surprisingly tender.  It is also far less oily than most of its competitors.  The real highlight of the duck at Da Dong is crispy skin, which when paired with the provided granulated sugar, results in an unexpectedly delicious flavor combination.



But don't take our word for it...try it yourself!

2.) Hai Di Lao Hot Pot


During those windy winter months in Beijing, no meal is able to warm both body and soul quite like spicy Sichuan Hot Pot.  Though there are a handful of outstanding hot pot places in Beijing, no place is quite as impressive as national chain, Hai Di Lao Hot Pot.



Hai Di Lao takes customer service extremely seriously, something that you will come to realize is a rarity in Beijing.

Click here to see a restaurant review of Hai Di Lao Hot Pot on one of our favorite resources, the U China Travel Blog.

Oh, and be sure you ask for the Kung Fu Noodle Show when you are there...you won't be disappointed!

3.) Din Tai Fung


Any restaurant that has been named a Top 10 Restaurant in the World by the New York Times is worth checking out, right?

Absolutely.

Din Tai Fung is famous for serving some of the best, most delicate, steamed soup-filled dumplings (or Xiao Long Bao 小籠包).



Originating in Taiwan, Din Tai Fung now has locations across the globe including countries such as: Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, and the United States.
These dumplings are world-renowned for a reason.  Expect a flavor explosion incomparable to anything you have previously experienced. Just be careful not to get overzealous and burn yourself when a fresh batch arrives - the soup inside these steaming delicacies is scalding hot!


4.) Xinjiang Red Rose Muslim Restaurant 


Think Chinese food is all about sweet and sour pork and fried rice?


Think again.


Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwest China, has some of the most unique culinary traditions in the entire country.  The population of the Xinjiang region is dominated by Uyghur Muslims, one of China's many ethnic minorities. The location and history of the region has created a cultural fusion and culinary offerings rely largely on Middle Eastern and Indian influences.




Must-try dishes include the lamb skewers (also known as yang rou chuan'r), big plate chicken (also known as da pan ji), and Xinjiang naan bread.


One of the main attractions at Red Rose is the nightly entertainment. Every night, from 7:30pm - 9:00pm, the restaurant features live music from a Xinjiang band interspersed with belly dancing performances from some lovely ladies.


Get there around 7:00pm to assure yourself prime seating.


5.) Tairyo Teppanyaki


This is the place to go for a celebration with a large group.  And though it does not serve Chinese food like the rest of the restaurants on this list, the "Benihana of Beijing" offers a 168 RMB all-you-can-eat-and-drink deal that will undoubtedly result in excessive consumption of grilled meat, fresh seafood, and Japanese sake.


 
Interns - if a celebratory feast is what you seek, find your way to Tairyo Teppanyaki.  You won't leave hungry...or sober.


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If you are currently interning in Beijing through one of our internship placement programs and have any questions about Beijing's best restaurants or want to arrange a dinner with other interns, send an e-mail to Campus@gi2c.org and I'll do everything that I can to help you.


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Guest - Chinaintern on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:24

Haidilao is the best! I could eat there every week.:p:)

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Haidilao is the best! I could eat there every week.:p:)
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