I’ve really enjoyed a pair of dishes with fiery twists at The Rug this year.
The first pairs fiery Sichuan peppercorn sauce with pork neck (tender!) and soba noodles, then adds a sweet edge via The Rug’s homemade tapioca balls — the same ones found in bubble tea. Loads of flavor sensations: expect to break a sweat.
The second is mapo doufu pizza. I wrote about this dish earlier this year. It might sound strange but that firm tofu op plus lots of spice power make for one delicious pie.
Want to make it a hot threesome? Aden from The Rug suggests the Sichuan-style mussels, which have been listed on the menu for ages.
From flavors to plating to vibe, The Rug has consistency across the board. Their burger is a tasty cheesy bacon-y delight. The battered lamb brains a unique way to start a meal. The passionfruit souffle a nice way to end it.
The Rug also stocks a couple of baijius from Guanyun that held up well with that spicy fare.
Here’s some photos a recent taste test there — plus one of the mapo tofu pizza. (The photos are from the original Chaoyang Park branch but the dishes are available at all four Rug locations in Beijing.)Check out my lists of Beijing food deals and drink deals. Also get updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And check out my sibling sites Grape Wall of China, World Baijiu Day and World Marselan Day. If this site helped you find new bars, restaurants, foods and drinks, or saved you money, consider helping to cover the hosting and other costs with a WeChat or PayPal donation.