Oh, Chinese food!
These are my personal favorite: Bāozi (包子） and Beijing Duck (北京烤鸭). These two dishes are relatively unknown overseas, where “Chinese food” is often a synomym of “Fried Rice”, “Chow Mien” and “Egg Foo Yung”… and other dishes that cater to Western taste and are everything but Chinese!
Bāozi (steamed filled buns) can be found in pretty much any restaurant or food stall. It can be filled with vegetable, meat, broth etc. We ate the best bāozi at a restaurant called Goubuli (狗不理包子): the name literally means, “Baozi that dogs ignore”! This is where I took the pictures.
This is of course Beijing’s most famous dish: Beijing Duck （北京烤鸭）. We ate ours at Quanjude (全聚德）, a famous local restaurant.
The duck was sliced in front of us. We ate the meat with steamed pancakes, onions and plum sauce.