I am taking an oppurtunity to visit Beijing this summer. For health reasons, I have not been eating any flour or starches and as a result feel like a million bucks having erased some health issues. If someone told me 6 months ago I would go to China and NOT stuff myself on dumplings and dim sum I would have thought they were insane....
Other than dumplings and DS I am not a huge sugar/starch fan, so it looks like I can get plenty of meat and veggies-roast duck, hot pot, street food meats on sticks seem plentiful. I am certain I will be trying some items with sugar and carbs, I just want to keep it to the very special items, b/c I will suffer for it.
What do you guys think that have been there? We will have a guide with most of the time, so they be able to help me order. Will it seem rude if I go to a banquet or dinner with many dishes and go easy on starches? Is the cuisine overly sweet (I can't seem to get a handle on that). Also would it be insulting to ask a native Beijinger to go to a Sichuan place?
Breakfast is a conundrum. They seem pretty starchy, sweet etc. Are there grocery stores or delis on nearly every block like many large cities? I was thinking I could get some kind if interesting smoked or dried meat , duck egg or something.
Any other good tips about street food or anything else? I know you should go to busy places where they cook things on the spot. Are the street food places with meat plentiful and open early in the AM?