Traveling Beijing through its food!

Recently we had the opportunity of visiting Beijing, China for a second time. This trip was made special by the fact that we got to redo the sightseeing and this time experienced it through the eyes of my kiddos.

Food wise, it was difficult. As a Muslim, in a city that’s huge, which has language barriers, we found it hard finding food that we could eat. There are numerous halal eateries since Beijing does have a large population of Muslims, but when you can’t speak the language and the city is so large, it becomes difficult to find these places.

For those travelling there, we did find that the Niujie area in the Xicheng District, which houses the oldest and most important of Beijings mosques- a mosque which is over a 1000yrs old, has a few halal restaurants around the area-

Niujie mosque

Niujie mosque

the eateries do seem to close by 10pm though. On a previous trip there, we ate at one and the food was pretty good.

Both the Silk Market as well as the Yashow Market have each got a halal eatery. We ate at the Malaysian halal eatery which is housed on the top floor of the Yashow market- Absolutely yummy food which was freshly prepared, there’s also a huge window at the ‘kitchen’ where you can watch your food being made as well as a chef preparing and pulling fresh Pulled Noodles. Below are pictures of the food which we ate at Yashow, as well as the chef pulling noodles.

Beef with peppers.

Beef with peppers.

Sticky prawns with cashews

Sticky prawns with cashews

Fried rice with beef

Fried rice with beef

When it came to fruit, we were lucky that it was summer, and so there was a variety of fruit which was in season- litchis, doughnut peaches, dragon fruit, mangoes, melons and cherries.

Ripening doughnut peaches

Ripening doughnut peaches

Caramelized strawberries and very mini apples in skewers

Caramelized strawberries and very mini apples in skewers

Fresh fruit juice stall.

Fresh fruit juice stall.

Giant balls of candy floss

Giant balls of candy floss

And now for the icky, weird food which literally made my skin crawl and made me want to run as far as I could from the Wangfujing Market!

Scorpions and starfish

Scorpions and starfish

I refrained from posting the cockroaches on skewers, those are just too gross for words!! *squirms*

And so, this was Beijing seen through some of the foods I found there, I do hope you enjoyed the journey and should you have more questions just drop me a comment 🙂

Much love
‘S’

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