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Everyday Beijing Recs

Deeg67 | Mar 27, 2008 03:27 PM

Finally made it to EB today for the first time. The first thing that struck me, interestingly, was the tea - the merest afterthought at most inexpensive Chinese restaurants. I had to taste it twice because I was so surprised, but it was a Pu-erh - I confirmed this with the owner later. I'm in the tea business and that shocked me for a couple of reasons - first, Pu-erh teas aren't cheap, as a rule. And second, the musty and pungent aromas and flavors don't exactly appeal to the masses. Serving it shows me a good deal of commitment to quality from the owner, and a respect for his clientele.

The main thrust of my question is this, to get to the point - there's a dizzying array of EB posts on the board. For the benefit of someone with neither the money or time to survey everything a restaurant has to offer, are there four or five standout recommendations for this place - items that stand out from the menu? I had the beef stew noodle soup - seemingly a good choice at a Beijing place with hand-pulled noodles - and indeed, it was excellent (and huge). But again, so many restaurants, so little time and money - any other must try items here? Thanks for the input.

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