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.
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!
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!
Any restaurant that has been named a Top 10 Restaurant in the World by the New York Times is worth checking out, right?
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.
Interns - if a celebratory feast is what you seek, find your way to Tairyo Teppanyaki. You won't leave hungry...or sober.