Crispy Durian Cake
Enriched with the strong and creamy taste of durian, this Cantonese snack is a delicious combination of thousand-layer pastry and tender, hot stuffing. Get three delicate pieces for RMB 16 at any branch of Jindingxuan.
Don’t be put off by their appearance; crawfish have all the tenderness of lobster, without any of the commitment. Little Yunnan does them right, with several choices of flavor and size. The ones pictured here are extra large, spicy mala crawfish (RMB 70/jin).
Tofu with Salted Egg
In this hot dish, the texture of the salted egg gives a nice contrast to the silken tofu. A protein-packed dish for only RMB 28 from Ho’s Restaurant in Dragon Bay, Shunyi.
Warm Asparagus Poached Eggs with Bacon Vinaigrette
Flamme may be steak heaven, but it’s got a great handle on weekend brunch. Perched atop crispy hash brown medallions and asparagus, three poached eggs (RMB 58) are infused with a delicate but full-bodied bacon vinaigrette. Garnished with caramelized onions and corn, this dish puts a modern twist on classic brunch components. Regular menu items are still available for die-hard carnivores, but they’ll no doubt want to steal a bite or two of these poached eggs.
Tried-and-trued dishes by Morgan Shang, Sijia Chen, Dana Cosio-Mercado, and Ellis Friedman. Want to take a bite for yourself? See Directories under Family Dining for restaurant listings. Got a recommendation? Send a photo and description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Morgan Shang, Sijia Chen, Dana Cosio-Mercado, and Ellis Friedman.
This article originally appeared on p27 of the beijingkids July 2013 issue.
Check out the PDF version online at Issuu.com