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Beijing's Top Ten Yunnan Restaurants
Updated: 2006-04-13 10:46

Yunnan is a beautiful Chinese name meaning "south of the clouds". Yunnan is not only famous for its beautiful scenery, it's also home to a richly varied cuisine using fresh and natural ingredients. In Beijing, Yunnan cuisine is becoming more and more popular, especially in spring when people like to eat fresh food to match the new season.

The most well known Yunnan dishes are 'Across the Bridge Rice Noodles' (Guo Qiao Mi Xian) and 'Steamed Pot Chicken' (Qi Guo Ji).

'Across the Bridge Rice Noodles' is made of soup, sliced meat, rice noodles and seasonings. A big china bowl filled with boiling soup and a layer of oil is served with a soup of boiled chicken and pork bones - the clearer the broth, the better.

'Steamed Pot Chicken' is sealed in a pot and steamed for several hours. Sometimes special medicinal herbs are added, making this tasty dish even more nutritious.

Now let's check out where you can find Yunnan cuisine in Beijing.

South Silk Road (Cha Ma Gu Dao)

One of the most famous Yunnan restaurants in Beijing, South Silk Road offers typical Yunnan specialties like smoked ham, wild mushrooms and homemade rice wine. Of course, you shouldn't miss its 'Across the Bridge Rice Noodles' and 'Steamed Pot Chicken". The second floor of this restaurant is made of glass. So ladies, if you're wearing a dress, you might prefer to sit on the first floor.

Location 1: No. 12-13 Tianhefang, Houhai, Xicheng District
Opening time: 10:30am-2am
Tel: 010- 66155515
Tips: The Houhai restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating with a good view of the lake.

Location 2: 3/F, D Tower, SOHO, No.88 Jiangguo Road
Opening time: 10:30am-12am
Tel: 85804286

Location 3: 2-3/F, No.4 Anhuili, Chaoyang District
Opening time: 10:30am-8pm
Tel: 010-85804286
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