Culinary Beijing THE OLYMPICS also inspired a flood of books on China. One of the most fascinating of this year's new releases is Jen Lin-Liu's Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China (Houghton). This is a non-fiction memoir by a Chinese-American culinary journalist who moved to Beijing and started taking classes at a traditional local cooking school. She takes the reader through the city's noodle stalls, dumpling houses and trendy restaurants, while exploring the fascinating roles of food in Chinese culture. You can delve into the secrets of Chinese cuisine at Lin-Liu's weekly cooking classes at Black Sesame Kitchen, which she founded. Black Sesame Kitchen Heizhima hutong 3, Dongcheng www.blacksesamekitchen.com Jen Lin-Liu's favourite restaurants: Da Dong Super Potato, the dining room sits in the middle of an open kitchen, where chefs roast ducks, stir-fry, and wrap dumplings in front of you. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dong chang'an jie 1, Dongcheng Dali Courtyard The Yunnan restaurant courtyard is filled with antique lamps, Chinese furniture, and a water fountain. It serves fantastic grilled fish, an interesting jasmine tea stir-fried with eggs, and preserved meats that are aged on the bushes in the courtyard. Xiaojingchang hutong 67, Gulou dong dajie, Dongcheng Hot Loft For succulent Beijing duck, a classy atmosphere, and experimental Chinese dishes that don't lose sight of their origins, this is the place to go. 1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, Dongsishitiao 22A, Dongcheng Made in China Ghost Street (Gui Jie) is the popular place to go for hot pot in Beijing, but I prefer a restaurant that cares about quality ingredients and individual pots. The sesame dipping sauce is rich, gooey, and sumptuous, and the onion and sesame pancakes are a treat. Gongti bei lu 4, Chaoyang Maison Boulud Daniel of NYC fame has arrived in Beijing, and he has brought his fantastic French "soul" food with him. Legation Quarter, Qianmen dong dajie 23, Dongcheng www.maisonboulud.com Jen Lin-Liu. Another fantastic duck restaurant, and it's got surprising character for a hotel restaurant. Designed by the Japanese firm -Source: http://jenlinliu.com/blog/
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