Qianmen Food Trip: Siu Mai at Du Yi Chu

Du Yi Chu caught our attention because we saw from the sign that they were established in 1738, a "time honoured" restaurant. Imagine, this was already established during Qing Dynasty! It is located at the Qianmen shopping street and it’s very easy to locate because it’s just in the main street.

They are famous for their Siu mai or Shaomai. It’s very much different from the Hong Kong siumai because the edges of the wrapper are ruffled and have more filling. Although I would say that the Hong Kong Siu Mai is tastier while Beijing style is much more bland. Dipping it to black vinegar with chili powder will make a difference.

We ordered the De Luxe Siu Mai Platter which includes Lamb and Scallion Siu Mai, Prawn Sea Cucumber and Water Chestnut Siu Mai, Assorted vegetables Siu Mai and Pork and Scallion Siu Mai. One order is 8 pieces and costs 48 RMB approximately PHP 300. The photo above only has 7 pieces because Karla already ate 1 piece ;). Will update this when photos are up!

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