Food plays an integral part of any culture and sometimes it is how people identify the country by its famous dishes. Obviously China has many delicious and well known cuisines from each of its regions, so it was a treat for me to taste many authentic food when I was visiting Beijing.
For breakfast, we started out with “congee” (rice porridge), simple salted vegetables and the “infamous” 1000 years old egg (preserved egg with salted flavor, not real 1000 years old egg) to jump start the day. If you prefer sweet, there was warm soy milk with Chinese donuts to satisfy this craving.
Dumplings were everywhere in Beijing and we had the opportunity eating this treat with other delicacies like shui mei. The size of shui mei was bigger compared to what we have in the states. The pork with chives, mushroom was substainable and juicier. It was definitely a yummy dish.
Seafood was surprisingly fresh and not too “fishy” for my taste. Chinese prefer cooked oysters to raw ones so they are flavorfully prepared. Crabs is in season from October to November. Our hosts loved the tender meat from the recent harvest and consumed five of them in one sitting because they were simply delicious.
I am not a duck person when it comes to its meat (it could be dry and hard to chew sometimes). However, this Peking duck was mouth watering and the best duck meat that I ever had in my life. The crispy skin melted in my mouth to start with and the meat was tender, the whole meal was beyond yummy.
Needless to say, I felt that I gained at least 10 pounds from this trip but it was all worth it with this divine experience.