Monday, July 9, 2007

Famous Beijing Dishes

Beijing Roast Duck - Roast Duck has the reputation of being the most delicious food Beijing has to offer. There are two schools of roast duck preparation. One school makes use of a specially designed doorless oven, using non-smoky hardwood fuel, such as Chinese date, peach or pear to impart a subtle fruity flavor to the skin, represented by Quanjude Restaurant.

The prime exponent of the other school is the Bianyifang Restaurant. It makes use of a conventional convection oven, in which no flames come into direct contact with the duck, burning millet stalks inside.

Correct temperature control is vital. When the duck becomes an evenly deep red color, it is ready to satisfy the visual, olfactory and gustatory demands of the most fastidious gourmet.

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