Not far from my dwelling, there is a branch of Qingfeng Steamed Stuffed Bun Restaurant at Jingtai Dongli, Chongwen District. Qingfeng is a famous restaurant name with which every old Beijinger is familiar. Apart from enjoying the traditional food, dining there will make you feel like an old Beijinger.
Past and present
Qingfeng Steamed Stuffed Bun Restaurant was originally named Wan He Jv. This was back in 1948 when it was opened. Later on the restaurant specialized in steamed stuffed buns, and changed its name to Qingfeng. In 1988, Qingfeng Steamed Stuffed Bun was rated a unique snack in Beijing. It has been one of the Beijingers¡¯ most popular old eateries for decades of years.
When I was a child, my father brought me to Qingfeng sometimes to enjoy the tasty steamed stuffed buns. At that time, Qingfeng was located on the west side of Qianmen Street, south of Zhushikou.
My father and my mother would sometimes come back home with some of Qingfeng¡¯s specialties. During the hard formative years of the new China, Qingfeng¡¯s steamed stuffed buns were really a luxury.
Qingfeng Steamed Stuffed Bun Restaurant at Jingtai Dongli is decorated in a simple, clean style. Outside the restaurant, Chinese red lanterns serve as a sign. Looking through the clean windows, you will see many employees in white sitting round a table in the kitchen and wrapping up the buns, while some customers sitting in the restaurant and enjoying their delicacies.
Enter in. Some patrons stand in line, waiting to order their meals. On the far side, many rectangular tables and stools wait in rows for occupants. On one wall, food items and prices are on display. On the opposite wall, there are two large pictures depicting old Qingfeng scenes.
I ordered 200 grams of steamed stuffed buns with pork and the three delicacies inside, and a bowl of purple rice porridge. All in all, it came to RMB 12.
The buns look round, white and nice. They tasted very soft and delicious. You can flavor them with vinegar, a bottle of which is put on each table.
The purple rice porridge tasted yummy as well. You can add some sugar to give it more taste.
50 grams of steamed stuffed bun with pork and the three delicacies inside cost RMB 2.5.
A bowl of purple rice porridge costs RMB 2.
Wonton soup costs RMB 2 per bowl.
Other items on the menu are just as inexpensive.
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