We enjoyed a night tour of the Hutongs with our guide Jimmy. His highly personable nature and ease with English made for a wonderful experience. We were able to sample a variety of the local fare, including a modern hot pot, traditional hand stretched noodles, and a surprising lamb kebab and naan. The tour included some wonderful street fare, including a stop for some delicious pastries and a tasty savory pancake. And mixed in were a few local (unusual from and American perspective) dishes promoting good health. Jimmy was very accommodating to our preferences, and we really enjoyed exploring the local streets of Beijing with the assurance of a guide at our side to make sure we could find our way back to the hotel.
Jimmy, our tour guide, was knowledge about the Hutong around Beijing. He explained all of the dishes we ate with the cultural significance of the dish. It was fun to try the different dishes, but some of them were a little challenging for our stomachs. We really enjoyed the crabapples and the soup. We did not enjoy the dishes that were seasoned with curry. We wanted authentic Chinese food, not food that tasted like Indian food. We enjoyed the cold beer.
I had a great time with Becky on my Beijing Food Tour. She picked me up at my hotel and took me to a variety of restaurants and stalls where the lokals eat. She catered the choice of dishes to my preferences while daring me a few times and explained everything along the way. I even got a little lesson on chinese history and writing. I recommend this tour if you want to get a good overview of what to order and eat in Beijing. I did it on my first day and went back to a few places during the remainder of my stay.
I cannot say enough how much our guide, Cactus, made us feel welcome on our first day in China. Overall review is that we tried a lot of local foods, received great commentary and history from Cactus and it left us with a wonderful impression of China on our first day. Breakdown of the tour:
-She met us promptly at our hotel lobby, and due to high traffic we decided to learn how to use the train system instead to get to our destination. So glad we did and she taught us a lot!
-The. Food. Was. Awesome. Some was not...but you gotta try everything right?
-At each specific location she would talk about the region, history, and what makes the food popular in that area.
-Tour of a local Hutong alley with great historical information and wonderful local feel
-She took pictures. Which is great when you are focused on stuffing your face and forget to take your own.
-Helped us to secure transportation home.
-Highly recommended and you are very lucky if you meet with Cactus!
Cactus was a wonderful tour guide. She was knowledgeable,spoke very good english, friendly, and fun. The tour lasted about 4 hours. It consisted of trying various types of chinese delicacies. We definitely were full by the end of the tour. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Beijing.
Our group of three adults and two 12 year-old children has a great time on this tour, and our tour guide, Bella, was awesome. We had a great mix of safe and unusual Chinese food, and there was plenty to go around. I wouldn't consider any of us foodies or overly adventurous eaters, but we still ate everything that was presented to us and all left with our stomachs full. Bella definitely catered the tour for us, always asking if we were interested in trying something before ordering us the food of course, we always said yes - what's the point of this tour otherwise?. In addition to the tour, we also learned about the Hutong and it's residences. If you want to experience how and where the locals eat in a safe and untimidating setting, this is the tour. Thanks again, Bella!
Becky was fantastic! I loved the experience of going to a random door that is very unassuming and finding a delicious restaurant we would have never found otherwise. I tried Donkey Fire when I was there and it was a real treat. She did a great job catering to both my boyfriend and my taste which is a hard thing to do.