In November 2019 i was in Beijing for about a week. Because I'm a foodie it was my mission to get a taste of the real China. Initially I had booked the Hutong Evening tour. It turned out to be the absolute culinary jackpot..! I loved it so much, I ended up booking two more Lost Plate tours that became part of my all time favourite travel memories.. <3
On my first tour a very kind guide welcomed everyone outside the tube station. And before we knew it we were transported in adventurous Tuk Tuks to get a taste of the real authentic streetfood of Beijing.... You can tell the stops are selected with care and are definitely not commercial or touristy. Just great everyday food, loved by the locals. Some of the best places were located in the deepest corners of the hutongs and are impossible to find on your own. We had amazing noodles, very tasty bbq dishes, pancakes of dreams a fried bun that was so good I still talk about it...
The knowledge of the guide, the chatty and fun atmosphere in the group and of course the memorable dishes made this a one of a kind experience. I liked it so much that I ended up booking the Breakfast tour and the taste of China's Provences tour as well. The breakfast tour is also highly recommended and samples a lot of dishes that I wouldn't have been able to experience without this tour. If your trip is limited to Beijing alone, the restaurant tour gives you a taste of the rest of China.
Whatever tour you book (and you cannot go wrong): please don't eat anything beforehand... there is so much food to try and so much flavour to explore... make sure you'll experience it all.
At last a special thanks to the lovely Kelly who made sure I was able to attend the third tour on the last moment.
If I will ever visit other places where Lost Plate is active, I won't hesitate a second.
Keep up the great work!