Sunday, April 02, 2006

This is a public service announcement

If you are reading this, chances are that you are a theoretician. And if you are a theoretician, chances are that at some point Andy will invite you to Beijing. If he does, then obviously you will accept, and your number one question will be: where are all those restaurants that Luca has been talking about?

Ask no more. Hoeteck has compiled a list of the places I have been to. For each place, the name is spelled in the Pinyin romanization (without accents) and in Chinese characters. (In "simplified" characters, as currently used in mainland China.)

Friday, March 24

name of restaurant: gan guo ju 干锅居
location: near Tsinghua University east gate

This is where we had an awesome whole fish as well as a delicious frog dish. (It was my first time eating frogs.) More here.

Saturday, March 25

name of restaurant: xin jiang ban shi chu yi si lan fan zhuang 新疆办事处伊斯兰饭庄
location: "Xinjiang office" in northwest Beijing

This is the islamic Chinese restaurant with the lamb skewers costing 25 cents. More here. Unfortunately we have no idea how to find the marinated fish place again.

Sunday, March 26

name of restuarant: jiu tou niao 九头鸟
location: near Beijing University south gate

This was incredibly cheap and still quite good. It is within walking distance from Tsinghua, and the walk is pleasant. (See here)

Monday, March 27

name of restaurant: kou fu ju 口福居
location: da yun cun (大运村), near zhi cun lu subway station

This is the hot pot place.

Tuesday, March 28

name of restaurant: zui ai 醉爱
location: beside lotus center, near Tsinghua University east gate

This is the Fancy Place with the elevator attendant where we ate for $12.5 per person. The eggplants and the yellowtail tuna were amazing.

Wednesday, March 29

name of restaurant: li chang 黎昌
location: off Beijing University west gate, on the way towards the
summer palace

The place with the private banquet room with our own two bathrooms.

Friday, March 31

name of restaurant: xin kai yuan 新开元
location: off Beijing University

Andy's favorite place in Beijing.

name of restaurant: qiao jiang nan 俏江南
location: wang fu jing shopping district (multiple locations)

Very good, but the other branches are likely to be less expensive.


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    4/02/2006 11:57:00 AM

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  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    4/03/2006 03:28:00 PM

    So should vegetarian theorists stay away from China?

  3. Blogger Luca
    4/03/2006 03:37:00 PM

    I don't think that many authentic places have a notion of vegetarianism. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes on the menu, that are meant to be appetizers, but that can be strung together to make a meal. But you have to suspend disbelief that fish souce or pork fat was used, or other animal-derived things. Some, but not all, vegetarians are ok with this kind of don't-ask-don't-tell approach to vegetarian-looking dishes.

    I assume that there is a vegetarian Buddhist tradition, and restaurants that follow it. Given my own preferences, I did not look for it.

    As a last resort, the places that cater to foreigners know about vegetarians.

    The next question is: what about theorists who want to keep kosher? My sense is that they are out of luck, but I may be wrong.

  4. Blogger Luca
    4/03/2006 03:42:00 PM

    To clarify: kosher eaters will be out of luck if they are strict, but those who (for example) do not worry about whether pork was cooked in the same pan in which their vegetables have been cooked will do fine.

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    4/06/2006 05:44:00 PM

    The Chinese name for the following one should be "醉爱". These two words pronounce the same in Chinese but each has slightly different meaning.

    name of restaurant: zui ai 最爱

    All the restaurants listed here are the best ones in the Beijing city, :-).

  6. Blogger Luca
    4/06/2006 10:24:00 PM

    Thanks, EECS grad, I corrected it.


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