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Chinese Food – Plate Of The Day http://www.plateoftheday.com Food Blogger - Adventures in Beijing, New York, Brooklyn and more Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Nice rice is back! http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1768 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1768#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 06:23:54 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1768 The legendary Nice Rice Hunan restaurant is back in a back alley hutong just a few blocks north of the line 6 dong si subway station.


23 Dongsi Ertiao

City Area:
10 8408-4345

The new space is not as funky as the old but all the favorites are still on the menu, that is if you can read it.  Sole menu is on the large polygonal chalk board on the wall in Chinese.   Recommend the fish head, braised cauliflower, ribs, and the rice vegetable soup.




And definitely get a growler of tsingtao beer!



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陕面王 Shan xi noodle king http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1757 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1757#respond Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:49:14 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1757 My favorite noodle restaurant in Beijing. Everything us completely fresh here. They have a pretty well organized kitchen with several experts that hand pull the noodles as well as a guy who just makes cold dish appetizers.

010 8565 4088
Across the street from u town shopping
Chaoyangshichang jie 潮阳市场街 and chaoyang south street 潮阳南街




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Old Beijing Classic WangZhiHe 老北京 王致和 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1735 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1735#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:30:31 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1735 I live just a few minutes from the famous hot pot street guijie (簋街) and it’s quite easy to get sick of hot pot. Fortunately on the corner of  and beixinqiao 北新桥 and guijie 簋街 is a very good authentic old beijing restaurant WangZhiHe  . They serve all the classic dishes such as zhajiang mian 炸酱面  and baozi



And not to say this means anything but vp Joe Biden ate here.



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Moon Travel Guide For Foodies in Beijing and Shanghai http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1708 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1708#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:52:22 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1708 I just got a copy of the Moon Travel Guide in Beijing and Shanghai recently.  There’s so much to explore in China in terms of food at so many different levels and regional cuisines and this book will definitely be a great starting point. 

For those living in Beijing, I’m giving away a copy of the book.  Please post comments on your favorite places to eat in Beijing or Shanghai and I’ll select a random user hand deliver it to you!

Here’s an exerpt from the publisher about the book:

Moon Travel Guide Author Offers Tips on Tastes of Beijing & Shanghai

Start planning a foodie’s dream vacation. In Moon Beijing & Shanghai, author Susie Gordon delves into the cuisines of Beijing & Shanghai and offers her tips on where to find the best of the best, whether it’s insanely spicy Hunanese food or a gourmet take on tastes of the West. To help the epicurean traveler navigate these two Chinese cities, here are her tips and recommendations for the best foodie destinations:



Beijing Duck

This famous dish, also known as Peking duck, is a vacation requirement-you can’t leave Beijing without trying it at least once!

• Go local at Li Qun, the restaurant with arguably the tastiest roast ducks in the capital.
Da Dong serves Beijing’s leanest ducks in sophisticated surroundings.
• It’s a hotel restaurant, but Fat Duck sacrifices nothing when it comes to the taste and quality of its Beijing duck.

Beijing Cuisine

Dumplings and steamed buns are famous Beijing-style snacks that can be a good lunch or light dinner.
• Try some traditional Beijing dumplings Shun Yi Fu, where fillings range from vegetables to shrimp and donkey.
• Grab a steamer of baozi at Goubuli Baozi, and fill up on the delicious fluffy, pork-filled steamed buns for dinner.

Spicy Regional Fare

• The spicy, Turkish-influenced flavors of the Xinjiang region highlight dishes like lamb, flatbread, and homemade yogurt at Crescent Moon.
• Sour and spicy Guizhou cuisine is little known outside of China, so Three Guizhou Men is the ideal place to try it. The steamed ribs with pickled greens or sour fish soup are both sure to please your taste buds.
Dali Courtyard is the perfect place to sample Yunnanese food like fried mint leaves and wild mushrooms.



Shanghai’s specialties are legion, but while you’re in town, be sure to awe your taste buds by trying xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and some of the local seafood, particularly hairy crab.
• Sample xiaolongbao at popular Nanxiang Mantou in the Old City.
• Locally sourced crab, river fish, and eel are menu highlights at Lü Bo Lang inside the Yu Garden.
• If you’re in town in the fall, be sure to try the hairy crab at Wang Bao He, the city’s oldest crab restaurant.


Yunnanese food is greatly influenced by the region’s proximity to Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. Curry, potatoes, and pork are common ingredients.
• The food of Yunnan Province goes gourmet at chic Lost Heaven, where the Dai-style chicken is a sure bet.
• Regional Yunnan specialities like marinated pork and buckwheat cakes are served at the rustic Legend Taste.
• At Southern Barbarian, there’s no topping the fried goat cheese, potato pancakes, or barbeque skewers.

Spicy Regional Fare
• Test your taste buds with some seriously fiery Hunanese food at Hunan Xiangcun Fengwei. You can’t go wrong with the smoked pork or sizzling beef.
• Eat spice-filled Sichuan fare like authentic kung pao chicken or the intimidatingly named numbing spicy tofu at Sichuan Citizen.
• Try traditional dry pot cooking from China’s southern Guizhou provi

For more information on Moon Beijing & Shanghai, or for more detailed travel tips, maps and advice on travel to Beijing & Shanghai, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.

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Hangzhou Baozi Stand Chaoyangmenwai 杭州包子店 朝阳们外大街 北京 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1668 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1668#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:21:45 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1668 Hangzhou Baozi Stand Chaoyangmenwai 杭州包子店 朝阳们外大街 北京

I recently discovered this tiny baozi jiaozi stand in the parking lot of the huge ICBC bank on Chaoyangmenwaidajie. It is run by some hardworking (as with most operations this size) a mother father and son family from Hangzhou. 

Hangzhou baozi stand beijing

A plate of fresh jiaozi or baozi is just 5 RMB (about 80 cents USD) and a fresh bowl of beef noodles is just 9 RMB, get both for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee!

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Chinese Delivery – Welcome To The Zhong Guo http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1651 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1651#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2011 10:57:27 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1651 Chinese Delivery – Welcome To The Zhong Guo

ShangHai Soup Dumplings / Xiao Long Bao (小笼包)

Hi all, I just moved to Beijing today for a new job and new life in China. It’s really exciting and nice to be back in Beijing. Although I visit almost every year, the last time I actually lived here was over 8 years ago. A lot has changed obviously and not only with the modernization of the city but also the local tastes and availability of food here. Of course I will still be doing a lot of blogging (I hope) about the local foods here but also will be checking out the new hotspots for Western restaurants as well. If you have any suggestions, questions or crazy requests please let me know and I’ll do my best to blog about it.

October 7, 2011

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A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585#respond Thu, 19 May 2011 15:23:08 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck

Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!

From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.

Here’s the line up so far:

Cupcake Stop
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Kimchi Taco
Milk Truck
Mud Truck
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Rickshaw Dumpling
Souvlaki GR
Taïm Mobile
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream

This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.

See you there!

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Hui Guo Rou (回锅肉) at Shu He LiJiang Yunnan China http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1573 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1573#respond Fri, 13 May 2011 15:56:43 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1573 Hui Guo Rou (回锅肉) at Shu He LiJiang Yunnan China

yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

For those vegans, vegetarians, and raw food lovers who are following my Spring Liver Cleanse blog posts (I’m 2/3 of a way through a 3 week cleanse now), you’ll have to excuse me as I am about to blog about some really awesome food : Pork! Believe me, it pains me to look at these photos when all I can eat on this cleanse are vegetables and fruit.

Anyways, I had an amazing plate of Hui Guo Rou (回锅肉) or twice cooked pork Sichuan style over rice when I was out in the village of Shu He near LiJiang. It was spicy had lots of huajiao (大红袍花椒) giving it a ma taste and overall a very authentic Sichuanese taste (SiChuan borders Yunnan to the north). We also had some spicy garlic cucumber, a soup that I don’t quite remember and suan la fen 酸辣粉. To be honest, I am having a serious flashback withdrawals right now thinking about these dishes while on this cleanse. I think we only paid like 35 RMB for all the dishes which is less than $6 USD.

About Shu He Lijiang Yunnan
Shu He is a smaller, cleaner version of LiJiang and at night the entire village empties out. If you go to LiJiang, and dislike supper large touristy crowds check out Shu He or even opt to stay there. We stayed at the Nomad Hostel and Café Guesthouse (very cheap, clean and friendly staff). Like LiJiang, you’re going to get lost and not too many people will be able to help you but call the hostel staff and they can come find you. The Sichuan restaurant is literally 3 mins walk down from the Nomad Hostel.

Oh I also tried this local beer called NaXi Snowy Beer – it’s green because it has live Spirulina inside of it. It wasn’t particularly tasty and I’m still not sure if this caused my food poisoning symptoms or if it was the high altitude.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

Ok that’s it – now back to blogging posts about vegetables and fruits for another week.

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Dali (大理) Yunnan China Street Food http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1531 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1531#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2011 20:41:29 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1531 Dali (大理) Yunnan China Street Food

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

The proverbial debate among most guidebooks about travel in Yunnan is whether you should go to Dali (大理) or LiJiang (丽江). I’ll tell you my preference in a minute (we did both) but let’s first describe to two famous hot destinations. Both are ancient (yet highly renovated and squeaky clean) villages featuring beautiful running water canals that snake through the bustling shops, restaurants and inns set along garden courtyards and winding alleyways .

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

Both feature snow capped mountains in the distant landscape, although Dali has a huge lake not too far away. Both have great food! Dali is smaller and is set up pretty much like a grid system and is easy to get around (you can actually ride bikes and take buses through a few of the streets). Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明 LiJiang is larger, and its winding labyrinthine streets (and shitty tourist maps) will almost guarantee that you’ll get lost (which is half of the fun until you need to get out to catch a bus to the airport). LiJiang is WAY more touristy (you can get KFC in LiJiang but not Dali) but I suspect Dali will be like LiJiang in a few years. For that reason alone, I prefer Dali but I have to say that the amount of winding streets along the small canals of LiJiang are quite breathtaking.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

In Dali, you can get the full spectrum from Western style pasta, ice cream and burgers to hardcore street food just as you could in the streets of Beijing or Kunming. While in Dali, you should definitely try these amazing soups filled with wild vegetables from the local mountains. Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明The local fish is also a good choice as well as the dried salted meats that you often see hanging above the vegetable displays in front of many of the local restaurants. I took a peak in the kitchen and watched the owner cook up our fish soup over a firey hot wok oven.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

If you are going to visit Dali, I’d recommend staying at the Laughing Lotus Inn http://www.laughinglotusinn.com/ on Hong Long Jing 红龙井. It’s away from all the super touristy area, the owners David and Sky are awesome, and the charming rooms are very comfortable and relaxing. We spent 2 nights there and had a great time sitting out in the patio chatting with the other traveling residents. They have a full menu and can also arrange bus travel to other destinations in Yunnan.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

Over the 2 days we checked out a few restaurants including a vegetarian dumpling jiaozi restaurant inside of the square of Wu Hua Building run by Dong Bei’ers who as a consequence of recently converting to Buddhism, have several large home brewed plum wine vessels from which they no longer consume but sell by the glass to their customers. A glass is great after a spicy dish of dumplings.

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Dai (傣族) Minority Food in Kunming (昆明) China http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1524 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1524#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:18:10 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1524 Dai (傣族) Minority Food in Kunming (昆明) China

Yunnan china trip 2011  kunming 昆明

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been travelling throughout China and just recently returned back to New York. On the trip I started in Beijing then went out to South West China and visited Kunming, DaLi, LiJiang, and LuGu out in the Yunnan province of China. After getting my fill of jian bing, baozi, jiaozi, la mian, and kao ya in Beijing, I was excited to explore the diverse foods of Yunnan.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

Kunming is a great place to start as it is the center of Yunnan minority indigenous culture representing over 25 different ethnic minorities.
Upon arrival I visited a Dai (傣族) restaurant on the outskirts of Kunming featuring private dining in bamboo huts in the courtyard. Unfortunately we arrived a little late and sat in the main restaurant dining area.
Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

The first dish was a spicy smoked BBQ chicken cut up in pieces and served on palm leaves. When we sat down at our table, I noticed a lot of signs throughout the restaurant about the dangers of eating sharp bones and when started eating this dish I instantly got the connection to the warnings.

Yunnan china trip 2011 dali, li jiang, lugu, kunming, 大理 , 丽江,泸沽湖, 昆明

Next we were served a spicy steamed ground beef dish with pickled vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and a bowl of traditional spicy pickled vegetables in salty brine with red hot chilies. The pickled spicy vegetables were probably my favorite recipe. It was extremely spicy but the salt really brought out the full flavor of the vegetables. It’s a little like Kim Chi but it’s served in a broth. You could eat bowls upon bowls of rice with this dish. I am actually reading SALT by Mark Kurlansky (a great book!) and there’s a chapter about the ancient Sichuan salt works located just north of Yunnan. In the book, the author goes into detail describing the how a lot of early Sichuanese cuisine is based on using salt to ferment and pickle vegetables with chilies. I wouldn’t be surprised if this dish is a variant of the ancient recipe.

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