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7 Recommendations of Burger Joints in Beijing

by 罗子禾

 

I’m a food lover. The thing I enjoy the most is inventing new on-the-edge, experimental recipes. But at the end of the day, there is barely anything more satiating and emotionally fullfilling than a good burger. If you, too, are a burger lover, let me make sure you don’t find yourself deprived of good burgers when you travel to my hometown, Beijing. It may be important for you to have a list of trusted restaurants because burgers are not that well understood in China. Most restaurants get it wrong in one way or another.

No. 7 Grandma’s Kitchen (near Beixinqiao)

Grandma’s Kitchen isn’t the most amazing restaurant, but it has a nice, quiet, cozy ambiance to it. Their burgers are decent. They understand what a patty is, how melted the cheese is supposed to be. It basically satisfies your craving, and they have decent fries to go with your burgers.

No. 6 Grey Hound (inside Taiguli)

Fun fact, Grey Hound’s logo is a flipped version of the bus company’s logo. I smell a conspiracy theory cooking. Grey Hound’s burgers are a bit small. Even though they are slightly better in quality than Grandma’s Kitchen, they are overpriced. So if you are looking for a boujee restaurant with a decent burger, Grey Hound is a decent choice.

No. 5 Hooter’s (on Hongjie St.)

Even though they lack slightly in variety, Hooter’s make some really satisfying burgers. You can trust them to make your patty juicy and salty. Sometimes I think they go slightly overboard with their salt. But I guess that’s a personal preference. So, if you like your patty slightly saltier than usual, hit up Hooter’s. To make things better, Hooter’s has pretty decent curly fries and a long cocktail menu.

No. 4 Blue Frog Bar and Grill (inside Taiguli)

Blue Frog is a chain. You can find at least one in almost every major city of China. They have a large selection of burgers and a few house specialties. I recommend trying a few if you ever get a chance. Their ambiance tends to land on the loud side. However, the venues are clean and high-end, and their burgers are something you can stuff your face with.

No. 3 Lily’s American Diner (near Sanlitun)

Lily’s American Diner lacks variety, but for its price vs. quality ratio, it beats every place that came before. The burgers here don’t try to be fancy or sophisticated or clever, they are just plain good. Lily’s also serves a burger with cole slaw, which isn’t exactly my thing. But if you like cole slaw, Lily’s is the only place that serves real, legit cole slaw on one of their burgers.

No. 2 The Irish Bar (across the street from Lido Plaza)

The Irish Bar is tied number two with Lily’s. I wanted to give the Irish Bar a slight edge because Lily’s is more of a breakfast restaurant or a diner whereas the Irish Bar is a Bar and Grill. The drink menu is long; the burgers are satisfying; the fries are better than most.

No. 1 Home Plate (Sanlitun Soho)

Homeplate is my undisputable top choice in burger restaurants in Beijing. The long list of burgers cater to a variety of burger lovers, moods and appetite. My personal favorite is the “Itis”. It combines just the right amount of cheese, a juicy and chewy patty, refreshing veggies, and a perfectly toasted bun. 

This list isnt meant to be complete or universal. I’m just trying to give burger lovers out there a head start. Stay full and happy!

红汤诞生记–Creamy Tomato Soup

几年前,去一个朋友家做客,喝了他们家的红汤,味道很好。问了朋友,得知基本材料是西红柿和洋葱。

我想,如果再细腻、绵柔一点就更好了。之后尝试着进行了改良,新的配方和制作过程见下面。

次年再见他时,告诉他,我改良了配方。他惊呼:那是我奶奶传下来的!你怎么可以改!?

改良的红汤,真的美味极了!加了些土豆。(如果你不喜欢土豆,可以只用西红柿和洋葱,味道也不错)

 

第一步:西红柿、洋葱、土豆切块,放入锅内煸炒。

第二步:开锅后,煮20分钟,注意不要加水,西红柿会出汤。

第三步:放置至室温,入搅拌机搅碎、过滤、分装。入冰箱冷冻,可保存很久。

第四步:每次取出一杯解冻、加热,加入适量牛奶、少许糖和盐、黑胡椒即可。

 

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抹茶面包

第一步:面粉中按照顺序加入发酵粉、鸡蛋、黄油、白糖、牛奶,充分搅拌混匀后,最后加入抹茶。继续混匀,呈绿色面团。

(注意:1、面粉可根据喜好,选用不同类型。2、不能加水。3、鸡蛋可整体加入,也可蛋黄蛋清分开搅拌后再加入,蓬松度更好)

第二步:电饭锅底部放入少许食用油,做好的面团放入。待面发之后,开启电源即可。

第三步:出锅,切成喜欢的形状,装盘即可。如配以合适的汤,就更加完美了。

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