Verdict? was already cold by the time I went back to the hotel, and the crispy wafer had became sad and limp. I think I still prefer a sweet crepe...
I always like to try local dairy whenever I go, so I went to the supermarket and bought this yoghurt which has a misspelling on its label. I know I'm difficult, but I did went online, found the company's telephone number, and called them up. When I told them that they had misspelled 'truly' I was told that it was American spelling. I was dumbfounded, but still summoned enough sanity to tell the customer service lady that 'truly' is always spelt 't-r-u-l-y' on both sides of the Atlantic.
I also bought possibly the most expensive milk in my life. This 250ml carton of Tibetan yak milk cost USD 3.5! I thought I never had any problem with lactose intolerance, but I started feeling sick after having two sips of this yak's milk. It certainly was very rich, and creamy in the extreme, but I would need some time getting used to its taste.
One very nice dinner I had was at an upscale hotpot place called Ding Ding Xiang 鼎鼎香. It's one-person-a-pot kind of hotpot, and uses the best ingredients and charges handsome prices. The soup bases they offer for hotpot were very, very nice indeed. So was the sesame dip.
|A healthy sprinkling of spring onions and coriander always helps!|
In the afternoons, a friend of mine who's a native Beijinger took me to sample some very authentic Beijing snacks:
|I loved the mochi!|
A stew of pork offal known as 鹵煮火燒. As you can see offal is eaten a lot here!
Unblanched beef tripes. Very chewy.
Fried filled intestines 炸灌肠: it's actually nothing to do with intestines, but something like fried dough that has a texture like fried potato wedges. You're meant to dip it in a garlicky sauce for serving.
The famous Beijing 炸醬麵. I didn't know that this noodle has radish and soy beans in them! The 炸醬 is saltier than I'm used to - things are sweeter in the south of China.
炒肝: even though it's called stir-fried livers, it's actually livers in a sticky, gluey garlicky sauce/paste/soup. I liked the flavour but had trouble with the texture of the sauce...