Eating and Drinking, Beijing
Last but not least, wherever you dine in China (be it in a fancy restaurant or in a cheap joint), don't be astonished if you're given chopsticks (instead of the fork & spoon) to eat your meal with.
Take this as your next challenge. Master the unique art of holding your chopsticks. So, be not afraid.
Just use your thumb and the fourth finger to grip one stick and your forefinger and middle finger to grip and control the other stick. (See the pic below). Bon appetit! ;-)
So, go ahead and conquer Beijing!
Tipping at restaurants is a way of appreciation, but the best way of showing your appreciation is calling the owner (or, manager) and saying him/her SHI SHI (thank you) while clapping your hands in front of your chest and half nodding your head. Be polite, never try to fool or cheat people. Avoid to make nervous gestures.
I will never forget their sicere hospitality..
Make sure to know what you're stuffing your face with!! Chinese cuisine is not for sensitive stomachs. One lunch I thought I was eating fried sallad, but it turned out to be boiled cow stomach, yuck!!! Turtles, snakes, dogs (onion dog is a typical menu item if you're eating Hunan cuisine), frogs - well, you name it - the chinese eat it. The worst thing is that it all tastes just fine until you realize what it really is...
The chinese beverages are of varying quality and taste. The beer is quite good. Beijing has some fine local breweries which produces TsingTao (my favourite chinese beer) and Beijing Beer. Wine has been produced in China for more than 4,000 years, but stay away from the red wine if you're expecting a 'french style' wine - the wine I tasted either was so sweet it was undrinkable or VERY strong.
Be sure to try the Beijing duck before you go home. I don't think it was the best chinese dish I've ever tasted (maybe because I was so hungry that I ate the cucumber before the duck was served - how was I to know that it was meant to be eaten together? I thought it was an appetizer :-) ), but the show is fun.
It's just a fruit juice!
Strange taste though.
However, trying everything really enables experience! ;-)
I don't know what these jugs hold but I thought they were pretty darn cool! I'm always looking for stuff like this to photograph but quite often I never find out what the stuff is inside them.
This is a kind of mobile food stall available almost everywhere in Beijing's small alleys. They serve typical local flavours eg. fry pan cakes, donuts, boiled mutton, noodles and even roast duck.
Taste this excellent stir-fried breakfast they make from flour, salt ant water....dip it into coconut milk to make it a bit more tasteful....quite greasy breakfast!!