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Authentic Yunnan in Beijing: Yunteng Shifu

Not your ordinary cheese sticks
Not your ordinary cheese sticks
Paul Tian

Yunteng Shifu


Beijing, China – Another “must try” Yunnan restaurant? Good. Yunnan food that’s so authentic you need a reservation? Even better. Add that with a minimalist-inspired, hard-to-find location with cheap prices? We’re listening.

Hidden in the Yunnan Provincial Representative Office building near Jianguomen and Chongwenmen’s Dongbianmen, the Yunteng Hotel looks dilapated and uninviting. Regardless, a Beijing sanitation notice proclaims that Yunteng Shifu has received an “A” for cleanliness. The restaurant doesn't seem incredibly clean, in fact it seems like your dull, typical Chinese restaurant (except of course for the faux tropical plants and waterfalls).

Yunteng definitely offers a wide variety of Yunnan specialities that you can't find elsewhere, including a lot of incredibly fresh Yunnanese mushroom varieties. The different rice noodle options here are some of the city's best and the classic Yunnan dishes like hei san dou are excellent. Although a standard item, the "crossing the bridge" noodles (guoqiao mixian) were really good here.

There are a number of Yunnan beer options and, of course, a variety of rice wines are on offer and are excellent.

Each dish was fresh, flavorful and unique. On our evening we had a selection of dishes including the Yunnan-style cheese (of course), deep-fried tieguanyin tea leaves, an elevated version of the Sichuan boiled spicy fish, minced meat on shiso leaves, and duck served with mantou buns, all presented by server who knew how to serve high-end clientele. It was more than a meal; it was an experience.

Yunnan Provincial Government Office, 7 Donghuashi Beili Dongqu, Chongwen District
Daily 11am-10pm (Hall 2), 11.30am-1.30pm, 5.30-10pm (Hall 1)
(010) 6711-3322
Reservations are strongly recommended
¥50-80 per person