Eating Across Beijing:

Regional Chinese restaurants, local markets and street food in China’s capital city.

Grilled lamb kebabs at Kao Rou Ji in Beijing, China

Grilled lamb kebabs at Kao Rou Ji in Beijing, China

Whole roast ducks on Ciqikou Street in Beijing, China

Whole roast ducks on Ciqikou Street in Beijing, China

Tianjin-style steam buns at Goubuli Baozi in Beijing, China

Tianjin-style steam buns at Goubuli Baozi in Beijing, China

Zhajiang mian (black bean sauce noodles) in Beijing, China

Zhajiang mian (black bean sauce noodles) in Beijing, China

Fresh lotus seeds for sale in Beijing, China.

Fresh lotus seeds for sale in Beijing, China.

Tianjin-style steam buns (baozi) at a street vendor in Beijing, China

Tianjin-style steam buns (baozi) at a street vendor in Beijing, China

A Shandong-style da jian bing (egg pancake) vendor in Beijing, China

A Shandong-style da jian bing (egg pancake) vendor in Beijing, China

Street vendors lined up at the bottom of stairs in Beijing, China

Street vendors lined up at the bottom of stairs in Beijing, China

Shaoxing wine at restaurant Lanxi Xiao Guan in Beijing, China

Shaoxing wine at restaurant Lanxi Xiao Guan in Beijing, China

Shaanxi-style Old Tongguan Rou Jia Mo in Beijing, China

Shaanxi-style Old Tongguan Rou Jia Mo in Beijing, China

Beijing-style meat pies (mending roubing) in Beijing, China

Beijing-style meat pies (mending roubing) in Beijing, China

Chinese cold sliced beef (jiang niu rou) in Beijing, China

Chinese cold sliced beef (jiang niu rou) in Beijing, China

West Lake Beef Soup at Shuntian Restaurant in Beijing, China

West Lake Beef Soup at Shuntian Restaurant in Beijing, China

A vegetable vendor at Sanyuanli Market in Beijing, China

A vegetable vendor at Sanyuanli Market in Beijing, China

Yunnan Crossing the Bridge Noodles (guo qiao mi xian) in Beijing, China

Yunnan Crossing the Bridge Noodles (guo qiao mi xian) in Beijing, China

Wild rice stem (jiaobai) at the Wangjing Comprehensive Market in Beijing, China

Wild rice stem (jiaobai) at the Wangjing Comprehensive Market in Beijing, China

The house special noodles at Zhang Ji Noodle House in Beijing, China

The house special noodles at Zhang Ji Noodle House in Beijing, China

Traditional Beijing-style confections at Huguosi Xiaochi in Beijing, China

Traditional Beijing-style confections at Huguosi Xiaochi in Beijing, China

Scallops on ice at Sanyuanli Market in Beijing, China

Scallops on ice at Sanyuanli Market in Beijing, China

Steamed pork with preserved mustard greens in Beijing, China

Steamed pork with preserved mustard greens in Beijing, China

Beijing Roast Duck at Da Dong in Beijing, China

Beijing Roast Duck at Da Dong in Beijing, China

Mapo tofu at Emei Restaurant in Beijing, China

Mapo tofu at Emei Restaurant in Beijing, China

Old Duck soup (lao ya tang) in Beijing, China

Old Duck soup (lao ya tang) in Beijing, China

Shandong-style da jian bing (giant egg pancake) in Beijing, China

Shandong-style da jian bing (giant egg pancake) in Beijing, China

Large Lid persimmons for sale in the Haidian District in Beijing, China

Large Lid persimmons for sale in Beijing, China

Jufeng or kyoho grapes for sale in Beijing, China

Jufeng or kyoho grapes for sale in Beijing, China

Celtuce (wosun) at the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market in Beijing, China

Celtuce (wosun) at the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market in Beijing, China

Renjoy mobile RV convenience store in Beijing, China

Renjoy mobile RV convenience store in Beijing, China

Street vendor selling bread stick twists (ma hwa or mahua) in Beijing, China

Street vendor selling bread stick twists (ma hwa or mahua) in Beijing, China

Chinese hot pot at Dong Lai Shun in Beijing, China

Chinese hot pot at Dong Lai Shun in Beijing, China

Cantonese shrimp dumplings at Jin Ding Xuan in Beijing, China

Cantonese shrimp dumplings at Jin Ding Xuan in Beijing, China

Fried durian stand on Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, China

Fried durian stand on Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, China

Jujube date vendor on a backstreet in the Haidian District in Beijing, China

Jujube date vendor on a backstreet in the Haidian District in Beijing, China

A large selection of Chinese sausage in Beijing, China

A large selection of Chinese sausage in Beijing, China

Sweet roasted chestnut street vendor in Beijing, China

Sweet roasted chestnut street vendor in Beijing, China

Candied hawthorn berries on a stick (bing tang hulu) in Beijing, China

Candied hawthorn berries on a stick (bing tang hulu) in Beijing, China

Beijing-style long pan fried dumplings (dalian huoshao) in Beijing, China

Beijing-style long pan fried dumplings (dalian huoshao) in Beijing, China

Roast Beijing duck at Bian Yi Fang in Beijing, China

Roast Beijing duck at Bian Yi Fang in Beijing, China

Classic Beijing street snacks in Beijing, China

Classic Beijing street snacks in Beijing, China

A steam bun (baozi) vendor in Beijing, China

A steam bun (baozi) vendor in Beijing, China

Grilled oysters on Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, China

Grilled oysters on Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, China

Hand hammered peanut cake for sale in Beijing, China

Hand hammered peanut cake for sale in Beijing, China

A view of the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market in Beijing, China

A view of the Beijing Organic Farmers’ Market in Beijing, China

A stall selling Beijing-style snacks in Beijing, China

A stall selling Beijing-style snacks in Beijing, China

Sugarcane street vendor in the Haidian District of Beijing, China

Sugarcane street vendor in the Haidian District of Beijing, China

Making wide Lanzhou hand pulled noodles (la mian) in Beijing, China

Making wide Lanzhou hand pulled noodles (la mian) in Beijing, China

Biang Biang Noodles at Xi'an Flavor in Beijing, China

Biang Biang Noodles at Xi’an Flavor in Beijing, China

Flour steamed pork (Fen Zheng Rou) in Beijing, China

Flour steamed pork (Fen Zheng Rou) in Beijing, China

Wotou, cone-shaped cornmeal steam buns in Beijing, China

Wotou, cone-shaped cornmeal steam buns in Beijing, China

 

Nate Gray has captured images of food, cooking and culture throughout the world. His photographs have appeared in several publications including USAToday.com, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian.com, AsiaSociety.org, Salon.com, Frommers.com, Getty.edu, CNNTravel.com and others. (cphotoj.com)