Peking duck needs to be at the top of your list wherever it is served - especially in Beijing! Several well-known restaurants in Beijing serve Peking Duck, and Dadong (大董dà dǒng) is by far the BEST Peking duck we had during our time in Beijing. The food, the service, and the dining environment are all worth the visit.
Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant at Jinbao Place Shopping Center
Unlike many Peking duck restaurants in Beijing, Dadong screamed fine dining with its restaurant decors and setups. The good news is, everything is reasonably priced on their menu. Though their menu only shows prices for a whole duck, they can also accommodate a half duck request. This half duck, alongside Beijing-style noodles with minced pork and soybean paste, four imperial Chinese desserts, Yanjing (a local beer), and a glass of freshly squeezed juice totaled ~45 US dollars for two very satisfied customers.
Beijing-Style Noodles with minced pork and soybean paste - this is also a must-try in Beijing. Many restaurants and vendors serve it differently, but Da Dong did the noodles very simple, and it was delicious.
Traditional Beijing Snacks - there are a total of 8 snacks on their menu, the pictures show the most popular 4.
#1 艾窝窝 (àiwōwo) The outside texture is chewy and is made of sweet rice. The filling inside includes a variety of nuts, raisins, and sesame. It was like a Chinese fruitcake.
#2 驴打滚 (lǘdǎgǔn) The texture is glutinous and super chewy. It is made of sweet rice flour and ground soybean, then filled with red bean paste.
#3 云豆卷 (yúndòujuǎn) This snack is made with mashed white kidney beans, then filled with other kinds of beans.
#4 豌豆黄 (wāndòuhuáng) Snap peas are the key ingredients to this snack. This snack has a texture like a flan. No fillings.
Local Beijing Beer - Yanjing is the brand. It is light and very carbonated. Juice - Da Dong has a section on the menu that only shows freshly-squeezed juice. I highly recommend ordering their fruit juices - they are freshly squeezed with no sugar added!
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