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Jiumen Xiaochi

This food-court-style restaurant next to Hou Hai Lake offers many dishes originating from the Hui people.
1 Xiaoyou Hutong, near Gulou Xi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China

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Updated on September 9, 2014

Best visited at lunchtime, this food-court-style restaurant next to Hou Hai Lake offers an enchanting setting: canaries sing in birdcages in the narrow alley in front of the courtyard house, while indoors, down a long corridor, hawkers tout their xiaochi, or snacks, from stalls bearing traditional wooden placards. Three-quarters of the dishes—including jiang niu rou shao bing (corned beef wrapped in freshly baked sesame buns), bao du (beef tripe soup) and dou zi (fermented soy milk)—originate from the Hui people, some of whom can trace their bloodlines to Turks and Persians. Several of the vendors come from families who've handed down their recipes for as many as five generations; displaced from their original locations at Qianmen and Ox Street in the capital's south, they banded together in this protected historic district in 2006.

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Published on Sep 23, 2011

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