Address: 1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112
Hours: Everyday 11AM-9:30PM
Phone: (415) 333-8182
I’ve been craving Chinese local food (當地菜) lately. This little red joint may not look like much from the outside, but ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover” right? If you’re looking for authentic Beijing or Northern Chinese style food, you should visit Beijing Restaurant. Fun fact: Yao Ming ate here.
I decided to experiment a little and literally told the hostess to recommend me some colorful dishes with authentic Beijing flavors. The dishes you see below are picked by the hostess except for the cumin dish.
Beijing Street Pancake 北京煎餅 ($6.95): This “jianbing” is different from the one’s I’ve had at other Chinese/Taiwanese breakfast shops. There’s a thin and crispy wonton skin filling in the pancake that makes this dish unique.
Cumin Lamb 孜然羊肉 ($11.95): If you like adding cumin to your skewered meats or vegetables, you will like their cumin dishes. You can either order this with lamb, beef, or chicken. I opted for lamb because I was craving something like 羊肉串 a.k.a. Chinese style lamb skewers, which is a popular street food item in Beijing.
Egg Surfaced Three Flavor 鍋塌三鮮 ($11.95): This egg-breaded tofu dish comes with seafood. I really liked the sweet and salty sauce that it’s cooked in. Highly recommend!
Shredded Pork with Braised Sauce 京醬肉絲 ($11.95): I’ve been craving this savory dish for a while now. How do you eat this? Put some braised shredded pork on a sliced tofu skin wrap like you’re adding meat to your soft-shell taco. The braised pork alone was very flavorful, tender, and delicious! You can either eat the meat with rice or with tofu skin.
Five Colors Vegetables with Beijing Style Clear Noodle 五彩拉皮 ($14.95): This is a very interesting dish that I’ve actually never heard of before, but I’m glad I got to try it. When I see a colorful dish, I immediately think, “Wow, this looks healthy.” I’m usually not a fan of parsley or coriander in my food, but it made this dish taste very refreshing. This dish came with a bowl of meat sauce, which is directly imported from Beijing so you will definitely taste the authenticity here.
Boiled Lamb with Preserved Vegetable in Warm Pot 酸菜羊肉砂鍋 ($11.95): This warming dish is perfect for the winter. If you like sauerkraut, you’ll like this yummy soup. The soup has clear noodles, lamb slices, and preserved napa cabbage.
Most of their dishes go very well with rice or “很下飯”. My favorites out of all the dishes are the Beijing street crepe and Five colors Vegetables with Beijing style clear noodle. They tasted very authentic. The sauces were actually brought back from Beijing. Besides the delicious food, they offer a few parking spots for their customers. So that’s really nice of them. 🙂
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