No change actually, at Fu Xue

During my quick visit to the Fu Xue Market this morning, I noticed that the shops are indeed putting their items outside the again.


Did you know that in China, cats lay eggs? :)


Kisse katt.






Yellows, reds and a white living peacefully together.



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This was my favorite shop. To them I had my loyalty and felt guilty if I would ever out of convenience buy from someone else.  The whole front part there was always covered in veggies, and the woman would be cooking inside the doors to the right. Jing Jing was always welcome to sniff whatever she liked. But they have not yet opened after the cops showed up last week. What happened?



The hutongs are being rebuilt everywhere, so these days this is very normal sight. Cute, arent they?


So yes, I am biting my nails again.





Rehearsed and Stuffed at Stuff’d

Meat pie, mash, gravy and peas.

Recently, Hex Object has been rehearsing at The Snake Pit every Saturday. For weeks I have been supposed to get there, and today I was actually almost making it in time… Until I got lost on my bicycle, ending up way West. Arrived just in time to see the band walk out of the building. “100m North of Andingmen” was simply too confusing.

At least I was there for beers at Stuff’d with Flo and Finn.

Qing Feng Steamed Buns

Qing Feng Steamed Buns

My new breakfast place! No matter what time of the day i is, I greet the girl with the special voice, who always notices me with “Good morning!”. If it is past 10, she laughs, but still always passes it back.

Steamed Buns

On the plate there, are the steamed buns. In Chinese they are called, Bao Zi, which basically mean “Package”. As a verb it means “to wrap”, so to hold or hug someone, is also to “bao”.  There is only one proper way to eat bao zi, and that is to have a bowl of a vinegar, soy, chili and garlic mix to dip it in before each bite. Why? Because it is genius. Even for breakfast!

Sidenote: Same goes for  dumplings btw, but there you wanna add ginger.

Steamed buns are served fresh as hell and hot as hell, but they are good cold too. Because of how available and cheap they are, these are regularly consumed for breakfast, lunch and midday snacks. And, believe it or not, but a cold bun works nicely with hot tea. So bringing a bag when going on full day excursions, is quite wise.

You can find steamed buns on almost every street in Beijing. Everyone makes them in their own way, so you will find your favorite restaurant or hole-in-the-wall for them.
Bao Zi are made for vegetarians and carnivores. The veggie one always run out after lunch, everywhere. At chains like Qing Feng, some kinds are only seasonal. Like their best one, carrot. They are gone when spring comes. Luckily their mushroom are pretty good too.

1 plate of 3 bao zi cost about 4.5 RMB.

Purple rice porridge

At Qing Feng they have a few different kinds of soups and porridge, but purple rice porridge is the best. It has no taste, is very starchy, cheap as hell and gets you addicted the third bowl in. True story.

A bowl of porridge, 4 RMB.