With the grey brick walls, heavy wooden doors and pine flooring, recycled from demolition sites in the Shan Xi Province and Beijing, Huang Ting
aims to recreate a genuine hutong ambiance and does so successfully. The Qing dynasty antique furnishings
and the courtyard interior send you back to olden times. I could almost imagine myself sitting there in a Qing dynasty silk court dress, something between a ruqun (襦裙) and a daxiushan (大袖衫). I know the daxiushan isn’t exactly
Qing dynasty, I have just always loved the extremely long sleeves of Tang dynasty fashion. In movies, women are always able to do the craziest things with their sleeves (propel in the air, whip, slice, kill
). When I was little I used to fashion myself those sleeves by slapping on two long towels over my arms and I would walk around the house pretending to be a courtyard royal
. My mother would make fun of me by saying I looked more like a waiter rather than a crown princess.
While the hutong interior certainly adds to the Old Beijing atmosphere, what you really come here for is the food. The cuisine at Huang Ting is prepared by award-winning Hong Kong chefs and offers many classic regional dishes. You can order the chef’s Peking duck, but we ordered another one of the restaurant’s highlights: dim sum. From the crystal shrimp dumpling with bamboo shoot (har kau) to the shrimp and pork siu mai with crab seed and even the Shanghai dumpling (xiao long bao), all dishes were prepared with great care and artistry. The har kau skin was as thin as I had ever had! I called K directly after lunch because I may have had my best har kau and siu mai so far. Don’t forget to order a dessert afterwards. They make a killer mango pudding!
Huang Ting / The Peninsula / Beijing / 8 Goldfish Lane / Wangfujing / Beijing 100006 / +86 10 8516 2888 / email@example.com / open daily from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (lunch) and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (dinner)
Near: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujang Shopping district
Huang Ting Beijing