Regional Chinese

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This tiny spot in the nanluoguxiang alley is called 锣鼓洞天 which I’m not exactly sure how to translate, but the premise is that the concept revolves round the drum 鼓 and gong 锣 and the little street is a stone’s throw away from the drum and bell tower. 洞 is a figurative way of describing paradise found in a cave. While the small hole in the wall restaurant is hardly a dining paradise, it’s quaint, intimate and full of mismatched things.

The menu is frighteningly thick and serves a whole range of mixed regional cuisine, which are not done 100% authentic, but very delicious and not too greasy nonetheless. The signature dish is the bucket of rice stir fried with mixed (frozen) veg, while isn’t that tasty, it looks good and goes perfectly with the gongbao tofu and long beans.





The mutton soup reminded me of home, only that this Chinese rendition of gamey sup kambeng was cooked with carrots and preserved vegetables (hum choi in Cantonese!). The gamey flavour, tart and unami all mix together at once, and the wonderfully savory taste lingers on your tastebuds.

This little restaurant is a gem. Service is quick and efficient in this tiny little hole in the wall. Even the setting is endearingly mismatched with random tables and chairs put together.

Luogudongtian 锣鼓洞天
Nanluoguxiang 南锣鼓巷
102 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District
Daily 10am-midnight
Tel: 8402 4729


  1. alex
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 08:44:58

    Hey, thanks for inspiring me with your blog and with the additional photo ideas. I love these creative pow-wows. And I even love checking out your blog! We should get together more often for blogging groups! xox


  2. Kathy
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 19:58:19

    Your photos are great. They make me hungry. Keep having fun with your travels.


  3. baobabs
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 02:16:29

    @alex thanks! yes creative pow wow and blogging groups are good for sanity and work/life balance. (life by that i mean behind the computer apart from work.. hehe)

    @ kathy thanks for the kind note! Love your landing page photo. working on getting better with the food shots :D


  4. Tastes of Home
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 00:39:23

    the food looks really rich but tasty! nice pics too :)


  5. baobabs
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 21:09:51

    @tastes of home: thanks for stopping by! still working on good food photos. Yours are stunning and your blog super informative. particularly loved the sharksfin looking melon soup!


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