Beijing: Military Hospital Restaurant

by gigi on May 11, 2008

On our last evening in Beijing, we went to a restaurant right across the street from a military hospital.  I didn’t see too many people in uniform eating here though.  :)

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Instead of the regular tea we were accustomed to in most restaurants, we were served some chrysanthemum tea.  It was very flavourful, probably due to the generous serving of chrysanthemum flower buds in the pot.

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The first dish were the ubiquitous chinese gourds with pork.  :)  As usual, the gourds were fresh and crunchy.  I liked hos the gourds were julienned or shredded, which made for an almost salad-like texture.

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The stir-fried veggies were simply cooked but very tasty.  They almost tasted like stir-fried lettuce.

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And what meal is complete without sweet and sour pork? :)  This dish wasn’t too bad…I liked it because it was light on the batter.

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We also had chicken with cucumbers.  I liked the cucumbers and even though the chicken looked a bit dry, it was actually quite juicy.

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It took me a while to figure out what the next dish was my mom figured out that it was stir-fried jicama.  I’ve only had jicama fresh and uncooked so this was quite an interesting taste sensation.  :)  It was very crunchy yet creamy at the same time.  That probably sounds a bit odd but I enjoyed this dish.

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The steamed tofu with veggies and mushrooms was very filling and went well with rice.  My dad and brother liked this dish quite a bit.

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The clear soup was refreshing and had a light flavour.

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For dessert, we had some deep fried cake (I think?) with taro inside and dusted with sesame.  Although it was a bit on the oily side, I liked the taste of this.  It was crispy and the sesame made it nice and toasty.  I also liked the light sweetness of the taro.

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My favourite items at this restaurant were actually the tea and the dessert.  In fact, they actually went quite well together because the tea helped to cut through some of the oil in the dessert and made it easier for me to eat a couple of pieces of the dessert.  :)

Summary:
Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: [rating: 2.5]

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