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Beijing Style Noodle King, Beijing

35 Di'anmen Xijie
Tel: 86 10 6405 6666's insider take:

Old Beijing–style fare is dished up at this humble paper-napkin-and-disposable-chopsticks spot. As the name implies, it's not for the carb-conscious: Large bowls of zhajiang mian—doughy hand-pulled noodles topped with a salty bean and pork sauce and served with savory pork-and-leek dumplings—are the main draw here. This is hearty, traditional food, designed to fill up tummies and ward off the sharp northern wind. Service can be gruff, but cheap prices and the authenticity make it perfect for a fast lunch. There's no English menu, so either ask for the signature dish, or point to what people are eating at other tables.

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