Old Beijing Zhajiang Noodle King
29 Chong Wai Street, Chong Wen District
Beijing, China, CA
More Foodie delights from our recent trip to China.
Chinese Name: 老北京炸酱面大王
Old Beijing Zhajiang Noodle King Restaurant is a popular long standing restaurant that probably still owned by the government and hasn’t changed much in many years. We visted the Hong Qiao Main Branch. It it famous for their Zhajiang Noodles and authentic Beijing food.
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Decor, Vibe – Hot, old, crowded, cramped, loud. Small wooden tables and benches. Menu plaques on the walls. Lots of families, friends were dining during lunch.
Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)
Zha Jiang Noodles (10¥, $1=6.8¥) are their name sake so they better be good. They were very good but are clearly dated and haven’t changed or been updated. Modern versions have more flavor. Quantities are on the high side.
Sauteed Lamb with Scallion (28¥) was very good. The thinly sliced meat acquired very good flavor from all the onions.
Braised Beef (28¥) was lean beef cooked in a bamboo steamer. Very tender, almost like soup meat.
Orange Jello (6¥) with almond jelly helped cool us down in this hot restaurant.
Hot and Sour Ferny Root Rice Noodles (10¥) is another cold noodle dish that they have mastered.
Sweet Potato in Hot Toffee (18¥) can hot out of the fryer. Wait too long and it all stuck together. Nice, fun, and tasty.
Steamed Cattle Lung Beijing Style (28¥) are an acquired taste. These were pretty fresh and tender.
Deep Fried Spring Rolls (12¥) were 7 crunchy rolls filled with mostly vegetables.
Glutinous Balls with sweet bean flour (6¥) were also old fashioned. Covered with a lite sugar coating, they were fairly sweet.
Steamed Rice Cakes with sweet stuffing (6¥) were pretty bland and need updating.
Sauteed bitter melon (16¥) was very bitter more so than versions in the US.
Celery with sliced dried bean curd (6¥) was a pretty simple dish that was not too special.
Crispy Milk (18¥) came with eight pieces of this delicious deep friend pastry. Sweetened condensed milk for dipping was a must.
Jellyfish in Vinegar (20¥) is a cool dish of wiggly jellyfish that was great for this hot room.
Old Beijing Zhajiang Noodle King Restaurant had marginal service. You had to grab waiters to get anything done. Prices are really cheap but the food is average. Come here if you want to experience old Beijing. This location is best for those visiting the nearby Temple of Heaven or Pearl Market. Menu has English descriptions. This location is almost across the street from the Tiantan Dongmen subway station.