Stir-fried Beef with Flat Broad Noodles
However, there are some positives about Cantonese restaurants in Beijing. You can order dishes with ingredients, such as bamboo fungus, that are hard to come by at Cantonese restaurants in the U.S.
Steamed Si Gua with minced garlic and dried shrimp
We also tried out a dim sum restaurant in a residential neighborhood one lazy weekend, which turned out pretty good. The turnip cakes were particularly exceptional because they used more daikon than rice powder, making the cakes more translucent than the ones in the U.S. I was super happy to see that they also served a spicy XO sauce version!
Spicy XO Sauce Turnip Cakes
Beef Chang Fen
Coconut Buns with a custardy coconut milk filling
Unfortunately, this restaurant managed to screw up 3 dim sum standards: shu mai, steamed pork ribs with black beans, and har gau. You really shouldn't open a dim sum restaurant if your chefs can't make decent versions of these standards. C'mon Beijing!
Blech! Sickly-looking Shu Mai
Instead of Pork Ribs, we got chunks of pale fat
Unimpressive Har Gau