Rama has re-launched its very awesome Travel App via iTunes (free) with a new range of food-themed tours in cities around the world. I've mapped a 'Perfect Peking Duck' tour for Beijing, covering the best kaoya in the city, available to buy within the app, $1.99. A delicious bargain.
Indian and Pakistani cuisine probably isn't the first food you'll hunt down in Beijing - unless you're Indian or Pakistani and hankering for a taste of home. But the curries and snacks here are quite a bit broader - and better - than you might have guessed. This article leads the way to the best Indian food in Beijing.
Mongolian food, a set on Flickr.
Few people have anything very kind to say about Mongolian food. Sheep, goat, milk products and Russian bread are the mainstays of most stomachs in the world's least densely populated country. Scant on spices, fruit or vegetables (or recipes), it's fair to say Mongolia isn't a foodie destination.
That said, few countries have a culinary culture that has endured so unchanged over the centuries. If Ghengis Khan were transplanted to a modern day grassland ger, he would surely gaze in wonder at the motorbike out front and the flickering television set, but he'd be more than comfortable sharing a meal of mutton dumplings (buuz), and a cup of frothy, sour mare's milk (airag). I intended this piece for South China Morning Post to help folks realise the great historic and cultural value of Mongolian cuisine -- and admit that some of it tastes OK too. Some of it.
For those who love to hate buffet dining. A devilish look at the perks and pitfalls of Beijing buffets, and how you can be a better all-you-can-eater.