2013 Feb 28 Wok The F**K? No Beijing Restaurants In Asia's Top 50
For followers of Beijing's burgeoning and explosive food scene, China's capital is once again markedly absent from Restaurant magazine's latest list, this time for Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.
We reported on their "World's Best" list back in 2011 when Beijing was nowhere to be found – fair enough. This year for the inaugural Asia list, they've asked 900 "trusted and well-travelled gourmets" to help with the decision making for the task of identifying Asia's premier dining venues. And we still failed to make the cut. Adding insult to injury, one restaurant in Hangzhou did. Well, as a devotee to Beijing dining, it seems dubious enough to me. You may wonder if they've ever even made it up to Beijing or is it the pollution keeping them at bay? Have you not tried my corner chuanr stand?
The Middle Kingdom is creeping in, though. In 2011, Hong Kong scored one position but not a single Mainland city was recognized for its dining. Now two years later, Shanghai and even Hangzhou have thrown down, with five and one respectively, recognized restaurants. And if you add in our neighbors to the south, Greater China stole the show – or at least 80% of it. Food has always been a big consolation to temper the irritation of a Hong Kong visa run, but seriously, nine?
But let's keep the focus here. Naturalized Beijingers know that the food is a big reason to stay in Beijing. Corner shop bowls of zhajiangmian convinced me to move here, and places like Najia Xiaoguan and later, Home Plate and Susu, convinced me to settle. Another year may have passed without the regional spotlight, but Beijing still is a city for eaters. Fine dining or casual, Beijing encompasses it all. Each of you have your favorites, so let's hear it. I'm a strong believer in the lived-in knowledge of locals. Do you really trust someone who doesn't understand the nuances of a crispy center to your morning's jianbing for the final word on our city's dining scene? We surely don't.
Voting for the Beijinger's tenth annual Reader Restaurant Awards is still open and you have a few days left to let your most beloved restaurants know they're appreciated. Visit here before Monday March 4th to cast your ballot.