Chinese food is definitely one of the highlights of Chinese cultures, and where else would you experience authentic taste of local delicacies if not local night market? Wangfujing Night Food Market, aka Donghuamen Night Food Market, is Beijing’s bustling veritable food zoo. Laying along 100 meter stretch of the street are myriad of food stalls selling anything from lamb, beef and chicken skewers, to stinky tofu, centipedes, cicadas, grasshoppers, kidneys, quail eggs, snake, squid, fruit, porridge, fried pancakes, fruits, cheese, stuffed eggplants – and that’s just the start.
Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed by the food choices. Here are some delicious, but not so adventurous, treats you could consider trying on your visit.
1. Fried Dough Ring – fried foods are a staple in Chinese cuisine and fried dough is everyone’s comfort food. This brown ancient snack is basically flour and salt which goes very well with soy milk, but you might have to look harder because the processes of making fried dough rings are quite complicated and there are only a few stalls serving them.
2. Fried Triangular Dumpling – another fried treat! Crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside, these triangular dumplings come in 2 types of fillings – vegetable or meat. If they have done it correctly, you should have a steamy soup inside the dumpling, which means you should slowly make a small hole to release the steam inside and let it cool down a little before enjoying it. Steamed triangular dumplings are also available if you prefer something healthier.
3. Buckwheat Cake – this salty snack is usually very popular during summer when it is served with iced bean jelly, vinegar, sesame paste, chopped chilies, mustard oil, and a little soy sauce. Although buckwheat is very nutritious, it is recommended that you don’t eat too much buckwheat cake, especially if you have heart diseases, diabetes or high blood pressure.
4. Rolling Donkeys – what an interesting name, you might think. ‘Rolling donkeys’ is one of the most popular Beijing snack made from soybean flour and glutinous rice. The skin of a “rolling donkey” is yellow, and it partially resembles a donkey rolling on the ground and kicking up a cloud of dust.