Be warned, this hot, thick and salty concoction is an acquired taste. Don't be misled by its name, which translates literally to 'noodle tea'. Far from it, Mian Cha is a thick porridge made from a combination of millet and rice flour, served with a savoury sesame peanut paste. Ditch the utensils and drink this straight out of the bowl as the Beijingers do. This popular local spot rates number 1 on Dianping (Chinese Yelp), and rightfully so. Best known for their handmade savoury peanut paste, tourists and locals alike flock to the hutongs just to have a taste of this popular Beijing breakfast bowl.