Food and drink
Choose from a menu of chopped root veggies, greens, noodles, tofu and meat (it's customary to go for wafer-sliced raw mutton), and cook the food yourself in a bubbling tabletop cauldron of spicy soup. Everything then gets dunked in a thick sesame sauce before eating. It’s a delicious and sociable way of eating, and meals can last for hours.
Noisy, brightly lit and regularly packed, but generally a notch above your average hot pot restaurant in terms of décor and ambience.
Don’t be afraid to holler at waitresses to order more ingredients or have your soup topped up – everybody else does.
Half way along the north side of Gui Jie (Dongzhimen Inner Street), known locally as “Ghost Street”. This is Beijing’s most famous restaurant street bedecked with red lanterns, drunken diners and the odd local gangster, which makes for terrific people-watching. The nearest subway station is Beixinqiao (Line 5).
Because several people can share the same soup, it gets much cheaper the more diners you eat with. Expect to pay around RMB 75 per person.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching