We had some wonderful food in Beijing. Our first street food was for breakfast right outside our hotel which included dumplings, fried dough/sticks, wonton soup and tofu soup for the 4 of us and the cost was 12RMB ($2USD). Most foreigners eat in the hotel and do not try the local street food. Most foreigners are afraid to get sick but if you follow the simple rules and look for where the locals eat and if it is crowded the chances are the food is safe. For example, we walked from our hotel to the Forbidden City and along the way we came across a small food place that serves food out the window, it was crowded with locals so we tried the morning food. The specialty was a bread/pastry with egg and choice of meat, so we tried and it was excellent for 2RMB. We went to the crazy market sections that sells all the bugs on a stick and you see it on a lot in photos from Beijing, but the locals do not eat that and we did not. What the locals were eating was tripe and it was packed with locals. My wife and her parents loved it and said it was so fresh and tasty, I tried tripe before and do not like it. All the foreigners we saw were buying the crazy bugs on a stick but they missed the true experience of what the locals eat. My wife found a street in Beijing online similar to Yelp with many restaurants and when we arrived at night we found one place that was packed with locals. They had a long waiting line so we decided to eat here because the food looked great and it was crowded. They actually had a number system because it was crowded and they give you free sunflower seeds as you wait for your table. We lucked out and got a table outside from a 30 minute wait. I was amazed how busy it was but did not see any foreigners inside or outside of the restaurant and they had 50 tables. We had crawfish which was in season and everyone had it on their tables and ordered oysters and we just looked around to see what everyone else was ordering and did the same. It was the best meal in Beijing by far and the cost was reasonable for a great dinner in Beijing. It blows me away I did not see any foreigners there but did see them pass by which they missed a great place to eat in Beijing.
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