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北京美食之旅 – 仿膳饭庄

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Helmed by the same consortium behind the 全聚德烤鸭 is 仿膳饭庄, where the restaurant’s specialty is in palace cuisine. This is the ideal place to experience and emulate the dining culture of the Qing dynasty royalties.

仿膳饭庄

仿膳饭庄

仿膳饭庄

仿膳饭庄

仿膳饭庄

仿膳饭庄

There were different dining areas in 仿膳饭庄, and each dining area was somewhat like a mini palace. Not only was the food meant to imitate that of palace cuisine, the entire dining setting was also created to evoke a sense of palace royalty. Even the menu was a thick and super heavy black book  – the weight of the book seemingly to further emphasize on the serious palace setting.

(from left to right) 芸豆卷, 豌豆黄

(from left to right) 芸豆卷, 豌豆黄

小窝头

小窝头

The 芸豆卷 (kidney bean rolls) and 豌豆黄 (mashed pea paste puddings) were traditional palace small bites. They were served cold, and were on the sweeter side, hence could be thought of as desserts as well. Both had a soft, mushy texture – reminiscent of mochi, which melted easily in our mouths. The 小窝头 (mini wotou) was akin to mini fried mantous, just like small pockets of buns.

圆梦烧饼

圆梦烧饼

The 圆梦烧饼 (sesame cake with minced meat) was similar to the pork belly bun in Singapore. We have to slice apart the sesame bun and stuff the minced meat into the bun to make a little burger. The bun was very fragrant, thanks to the generous amount of sesame seeds. The minced meat was decent – tasty and juicy enough to complement the dry bun. Can’t really imagine royalties having this for a meal though, since the dish seemed rather crude and unsophisticated.

燕尾樱花虾

燕尾樱花虾

The 燕尾樱花虾 (sauteed prawns with spicy garlic sauce) was the dish that baffled us the entire trip. 2 medium sized peeled prawns cost a whopping 56 RMB! The plate of 圆梦烧饼 was only 36 RMB! It was just too over-priced and expensive. We have to admit that the prawns were very succulent and fresh, with a chewy bite. The sauce was very appetizing and pleasing, but ultimately, it was just a typical sweet and sour sauce commonly found in Singapore. There is absolutely no justification for this exorbitant price!

抓炒里脊

抓炒里脊

Summing up the meal was a dish of 抓炒里脊 (stir fried pork loin). A very rustic and unpretentious stir fry dish. The pork loin was tender and the caramelization gave the meat a nice sticky coating.

Overall, it was a decent experience to appreciate the food enjoyed by royalties of the past.

仿膳饭庄
Beijing Fangshan Restaurant
北京市西城区景山西街北海公园东门内

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Written by foodphd

August 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Posted in Beijing, Chinese

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