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Lost Plate: Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Beijing, China

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We are not another walking tour. Beijing is a huge city, and the only way to find the best, hidden local food is to wind your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing where the locals live…with your own tuktuk! We only stop at local, family run shops that you (or any other tourist) would never find on your own. Our tuktuks are the only way to get off the beaten path to eat the best food in the city, not just one street. Oh, and all of our Beijing Hutong Food Tours include unlimited beer (or soft drinks if you prefer)!

Eat the best local food in the city at five hidden restaurants while enjoying unlimited beer and tuktuk transportation! Grill your own meat on open flames, eat in a private hutong house, wrap delicious dishes in freshly made Beijing pancakes, and finish with a pint of locally brewed beer.

What’s Included:

  • Try over 15 different dishes while visiting 5 local restaurants only Beijingers know about, plus a hidden hutong brewery!
  • Arrive at a central location (provided by email) to meet your guide and new friends for the night (small groups of 9 people or less)
  • Zoom through the hutong alleys on your own tuktuk, stocked with unlimited beer and soda
  • Discover a hidden hutong house and be welcomed inside for a meal
  • Roast and season your own meat and vegetables over fire at a traditional Beijing BBQ joint
  • Roll your own stuffing inside Beijing’s famous (and best!) pancakes and learn where this tradition started
  • Find out how each dish became so popular and learn about 6 hutong neighborhoods you will eat in
  • Sip on some of China’s famous Baijiu alcohol, this stuff packs a punch!Check out one of Beijing’s most hidden breweries while sampling their craft brew and enjoy a pint of your choice

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Also from Lost Plate Tours: Beijing Brewery Tour, Chengdu Food Tours, Xian Food Tours

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One Response to Lost Plate: Hutong Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk – Beijing, China

  1. Food Tour Finder April 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    This tour is a wonderful evening whirlwind through the back alleys of Beijing! Once you’re at the meeting point (not the easiest to find, so check the map and bring the phone number for back-up), you’ll be handed a beer, hop aboard a tuktuk (the little open-air transports that whiz around many Asian cities), and be off to tiny restaurants you’d never find on your own.

    Hutongs are the old alleyways of Beijing that are swiftly being torn down and replaced by high-rises. Hidden in them are homes, tiny eateries, shops and glimpses of daily life you won’t catch in the modern parts of the city.

    Using the tuktuk transport, Lost Plate takes you on a tour that’s far more wide-ranging than a walking tour would be. You’ll get to sample a big variety of regional and ethnic dishes, from noodles to BBQ to dumplings to savory filled pancakes (similar to moo shoo pork) to an unusual dessert. At one stop you’ll also try Baijiu, the local liquor. Beware! There’s a reason they only give you a little taste. Don’t be lured into a drinking contest with locals, as one member of our group was!

    The food was abundant, and we were definitely full by the end of the tour. Even at locations where food was served family-style, there was plenty to go around. This tour easily takes the place of dinner.

    Four things I particularly liked about this tour:

    –Tuktuk transport let us visit a variety of locations, without the restriction of walking to places that were all in close proximity.

    –Getting to taste different regional foods, with interesting history and background about them.

    –Visiting the vanishing hutong restaurants, where a non-Chinese speaker would never be able to navigate the menu.

    –Nighttime food tours are more rare, but I really liked being able to see the sights during the day and still do a food tour.

    One thing to watch out for:

    –Most of the restaurants lack restrooms – so go easy on the unlimited beer, unless you want to brave a public squat toilet.

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