Nailaowei (奶酪魏)

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202 Guan’anmennei Dajie
Nailaowei is a legendary Beijing institution famed for its milk curd, the recipe of which was supposedly garnered from an imperial palace chef over 200 years ago.

The ‘new’ improved milk curd was called gongtingnailao, or Imperial Palace Milk Curd. After opening its first store on the famed Dashilan Commercial Street in 1888, Nailaowei soon became a favourite of literary giants like Luxun and Laoshe; it later expanded into a chain. A variety of flavoured curds are on offer, including ‘double-skinned milk’ (shuangpi nailao; 双皮奶酪), so called for the thick layer that forms as the milk cools.
Venue name: Nailaowei (奶酪魏)
Opening hours: 9am-9:30pm
English address: Room 107, 202 Guan’anmennei Dajie, Xicheng district
Chinese address: 广安门内大街202号107室(牛街北口)
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