With the exception of Beijing’s best-known culinary export, Peking duck, most of the city’s most famous dishes have been adopted from surrounding areas. Northern China's food is hearty and has strong flavors: this is achieved with salt and strong seasonings, compared with the South where chilies and pickles are more used, or dishes are lighter in flavor. Generally, northern dishes are oilier and richer in meat. The most popular seasonings used are soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, scallions, ginger, star anise, sweet bean sauces and sesame oil.
- Chinese hot and sour soup
- Zha jiang mian minced pork noodles
- Homemade Peking duck and mandarin pancakes
- Xiao Kou Zao / Deep fried sesame balls