My favorite foods are simple, comfort foods no matter what nationality the dish. Last week, after long and exhausting days of discovering Beijing, all I wanted to do was sit down to a relaxing meal to regain my energy and rest my aching feet. I was lucky enough to find two such meals at a couple of hole-in-the wall restaurants located near the Sleepy Inn hostel. There were no english menus- as we were pretty far off the tourist path- and no english-speaking wait staff. The primary method used to communicate included a lot of pointing to pictures on the menu (if available) or simply saying “i’m a vegetarian” and letting the server decide what to bring. As a result we tasted a variety of vegetarian dishes featuring grilled eggplant, cauliflower, spicy tofu, rice and stir-fried green veggies. The food was warm, comforting and perfectly simple consisting of a two to three main dishes served family style with rice and hot tea or cold beer. It reminded me a lot of the simple meals I used to eat growing up. These dinners ranged from 11 RMB to 20 RMB (approx $2 to $3) in price.
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