Thursday, February 11, 2010

Dong Lai Shun Muslim Restaurant, Wangfujing Street, Beijing China

Another fine lucky day, friend of a friend who treated us here brought us to another tourist food haunt along the busy shoppers street, Wangfujing.
Steamboats do not exactly make my saliva drool especially in hot weather and summer in China fries eggs still in shells (not scientifically proven). However, she insisted. It'll be different from what we usually have in Malaysia, she said.

Again it was a extravagantly decorated restaurant. With cool air-conditioners. Phew. Tables near, seatings were tight. No wonder the waiting staff (men) were all of a certain standard size - petite.

First up, these were served. Sesame paste in a bowl, chilli oil in a small pouring can, minced garlic and fresh spring onions in a sauce plate.

Mix everything up and it's ready for dipping or dunking (immersed the food wholly into it) as most locals do. While waiting for the pot of soup to boil, we each had a Stick of Spicy Barbequed Lamb. DO NOT MISS ORDERING this wherever it's available in China. We did it by the roadside, in shop in restaurant and all had been delicious in their own way.No fishballs, no porkballs, no seafood, oh no!

Instead we had:-
Some kind of
Noodles similar to our Laksa Noodles in Malaysia,Some type of Compressed Beancurd,Some type of Elongated Beancurd (this we liked a lot!)Some Cabbage and Local Greens which had a distinctive raw green taste (if that means anything to you)Thinly sliced Marbled Beef. Woohoo jackpot! Especially when 1 of us does not take moo-moo,and finally something I can properly name, Golden Needle Mushrooms.The spread may not be varied but we were full especially when everything went with the fragrant but very filling (kinda like 'jelak' or 'chai') sesame sauce.

All went very well with the hot soup, infused with Chinese Herbs boiling away in an interesting copper pot.Looking at the herbs left in it, think it can be easily replicated at home... if one can recognise them.And yet again, friend of a friend in the 17 million Beijing population settled the bill and refused to let us share. Such friend of friend is such a keeper. =P

Note: Chinese do not steamboat like Malaysians. The ingredients go in and out one by one, not everything goes in at one go and taken out together - rojak style - as we do over here.

I may not have the address on hand but once you are on that street, its elaborate doorway and bright lights will practically jump at you.By the time we left the restaurant, it was already nightfall and the huge crowds were drawn to a night market nearby. We shoved out way there too and that's a post for another day.

14 comments:

babe_kl said...

those elongated beancurd sheets look like rolled paper :p

wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous Chinese new year!

Tummythoz said...

babe_kl, paper cannot possibly has that QQ texture.

Wishing you+family a GRRREAT ROARRING Tiger year too!

Big Boys Oven said...

the copper pot looked amazing gorgeous, I would love to have one like that a home! :)

Little Inbox said...

Wishing you Happy New Year!

Tummythoz said...

Big Boys Oven, copper cooking ware is quite common in China. Need plenty of muscles to carry those things back.

Little Inbox, wishing you a roarring grrreat CNY too!

Nic (KHKL) said...

Sounds like a good idea for reunion dinner! Ok la, the kambing too difficult for me...maybe i'll juz make the sauce la....hehe. Happy cny, tummythoz!

mimid3vils said...

the elongated beancurd looks funny, like some rubber band or something...

Hazza said...

I think the Malaysian version is better, but of couse I am biased!

Tummythoz said...

Nic (KHKL), only with the air-conditioner on full blast!

mimid3vils, and the texture is a bit similar too minus the taste, of course.

Hazza, I'm just like that on most things too.

ILikePaperCutting said...

I've tried the sesame paste in Beijing, something different. Worth trying.

Tummythoz said...

ILikePaperCutting, hello there! You've said it.

nicolas yongco jr said...

"Mix everything up and it's ready for dipping or dunking (immersed the food wholly into it) as most locals do." - the Stick of Spicy Barbequed Lamb look delicious.

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Lily Lang said...

Your food look so delicious.
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Bette said...

There is only one thing better than shopping in Hong Kong, and that's eating. From small noodle joints to upscale French restaurant, you will locate all sorts of restaurant, eating hall and snack stall on earth in Hong Kong. Here I found small amount of Hong-Kong-styled snacks online (yummiexpress.freetzi.com). This is definitely a good choice before I have $ for another trip.

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