Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well (any much more cheaply) at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city. We recommend you some cheap local delicious snacks.

Beijing Roast Duck (北京烤鸭)

There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known are Quanjude and Da Dong.

Palace Chicken Cubes (宫保鸡丁)

It is a spicy chicken dish with peanuts and other vegetables. For some reason this dish is never the same from one restaurant to another. Perhaps this adds to its appeal, as it is very popular with foreigners.

Noodles with Soybean Paste (炸酱面)

Noodles with Soybean Paste, also called Zha Jiang Mian, is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus, it is not expensive at all.
Zha Jiang Mian is consists of three main materials. They are wide hand-tossed noodles, vegetable pieces as well as pork. Local Beijing people, especially elder ones like to eat hot noodles in the cold days and to eat cold noodles in hot weather. According to different seasons, vegetable pieces are served in various types but always no less than seven kinds. In terms of nutrition, pork is rich in protein and essential fatty acids, both of which can improve iron status in iron deficiency anemia. At the same time, noodles possess characteristics of improving digestion and absorption. With a large number of Vitamin C in vegetables, Zha jiang mian is a really good choice for you.

Mongolian hotpot (火锅)

With a history of over 1000 years, the hot pot has become popular throughout most of China. Mongolian hotpot originated from the Yuan dynasty (A.D.206-1368) .With rich nutrition and fantastic taste, it contains the protein and various vitamins for human body. It also has medical effects such as nourishing the liver and kidney, restoring the energy and lubricating the intestines. It can strengthen the body, improve the complexion and protect the skin if eaten regularly as well.

Rolling Donkey (驴打滚)

Rolling Donkey refers to a kind of traditional Beijing snack, also known in south area of China as Rolling Horse (Ma Da Gun), with soft skin made of glutinous rice flour and the stuffing made of red pea.
Actually speaking, it refers to a kind of cake made with steamed glutinous millet or steamed sticky rice, filled with red pea, and then drizzled over with fried bean flour. Having been cut into blocks, the cakes will be rolled in soybean flour before being served, hence the name. The cake taste sweet and sticky with a strong fragrance of fried bean-flour.

Tuckahoe Pie (茯苓饼)

Tuckahoe pie is a traditional nourishing snack with good reputation in Beijing. In the shape of a full moon, it is paper-thin, snow-white, delicious and unique in flavor. According to legends, Tuckahoe pie originated from the South Song Dynasty (A.D.1127-1279). Both the preparation method and the required equipment are well kept to nowadays. The herb Tuckahoe has many medical effects, for example, it could invigorate the spleen, calm the nerves, enhance fluid circulation and increase the discharge of urine. Due to those good medical effects, it is popular with Chinese people, especially for women and the elder.