China is rich in tourist attractions. Delicious foods are an attraction indispensable in a good tour. With a long history, unique features, numerous recipes and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one important constituent part of Chinese culture.
Cold winters and dry summers make for a short growing season in northern part of China. Wheat is the staple grain and root vegetables such as garlic, green onion and potatoes frequently appeared in northern Chinese dishes. Beijing, the capital city of China as well as the acient seat of the Imperial Court – has a long history of incorporated the best of regional cuisines throughout China into the dishes. Here are the 10 most common recipes representing Beijing cuisine:
Mu Shu Pork Recipe
One of the most popular stir-fried recipes in nothern China, Mu Shu Pork is thought to resemble a wooded forest scene, with earthy vegetables such as green onions, and scrambled egg representing yellow flowers, all rolled into small, thin pancakes instead of being served over rice.
Peking Duck Recipe
Peking duck is an iconic Beijing dish, consisting of thin pieces of tender, roasted duck meat and crispy skin wrapped in a thin crepe, along with sliced spring onions, cucumbers, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce, each containing an equal portion of skin and fat.
Mandarin Pancakes (Spring Roll Wrappers) Recipe
Mandarin pancakes are enjoyed in Chinese dishes, such as Peking duck and moo shu pork. They can be made at home with a hot water dough, but are also available in the frozen section of Asian markets.
Mongolian Lamb Recipe
Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi) Recipe
Preparing Jiaozi is a Chinese New Year tradition in many northern Chinese homes. Chinese dumplings can be boiled or pan-fried. The dumplings in this recipe are made with a savory pork filling, seasoned with Asian sesame oil and white pepper.
Hua Juan (Flower Rolls) Recipe
Hua Juan, or Flower Rolls, are a very popular variation on steamed buns in the more northern regions of China. Filled with green onion and sesame oil, these rolls spread out during steaming to resemble a flower shape.
Spring Onion Pancakes Recipe
In Northern China, spring onion pancakes (aka scallion pancakes) are a very popular staple food. You can find them both at humble street stalls and in high-end restaurants. This recipe for Chinese Scallion (Green Onion) Pancakes is both vegetarian and vegan.
Mongolian Lamb Hot Pot Recipe
The Asian version of fondue, hot pot consists of cooking food by dipping it in simmering broth. According to legend, the original hot pot was created by Mongolian conquerors who used their helmets as a vessel to cook the food in. Traditionally, Mongolian Hot Pot is made with mutton. However, you can substitute chicken if desired. This recipe for Mongolian Hot Pot With Lamb includes suggestions for dipping sauces.
Douhua (Tofu Pudding) Recipe
Douhua is a popular northern Chinese treat made with very soft tofu eaten with a clear sweet syrup infused with ginger or pandan. Sometimes brown syrup is used in place of clear syrup. Usually eaten warm, it is also quite delicious chilled.
Zhajiang Noodles (Minced Pork Noodles) Recipe
The highlight of this noodle lay in the minced pork sauce or pork gravy. And this pork gravy changes from northern China to Southern China with the most two essential sauces stay the same: sweet bean sauce and soybean paste.