While Shanghai just got another round of Michelin stars dished out, Beijing is still waiting for the guide that will finally tell us all what’s any good around here. ’Til then, we’ll just have to cry into our bowls of gruel and contend with ‘Michelin-starred chefs’ (not actually a thing, apparently), Michelin-starred McDonalds, or even a Michelin-starred sous-dishwasher pop-up, if we’re lucky enough to get one.
Whether you care about the culinary opinions of a voracious rubbery beast or not, two outlets of a restaurant with Michelin pedigree landed in Beijing in recent weeks, and they’re pretty good. Six-decade-old Macanese spot Chan Kong Kei (陈光记烧味饭店, Chen Guang Ji in Mandarin) was featured in the Hong Kong & Macau 2017 guide, lauded for its excellent range of value roast meats.
Black pepper roast duck is the signature, but there’s an extensive roster of rou, with marinated beef, chicken, pork, goose and more duck – wings, breast, feet, ears, hearts, nothing is wasted – available to order solo, or with rice or noodles. A shuang pin (双拼饭; from 28-48RMB), is a good tasting option with a choice of two meats – we picked the duck and a fantastic crackling-covered pork, served with rice, pak choi, and it didn’t disappoint. We’ll be back for more.