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April 12th, 2008 12 Comments

Ma La Crawfish (麻辣小龙虾)

Ma La Crawfish (麻辣小龙虾)

Remember my Sichuan-style crawfish post? Well, here is the real stuff.

To get some of the best ma la xiao long xia (麻辣小龙虾) or numbing and spicy crawfish in Beijing, head over to this restaurant called “Hua Jia Yi Yuan” (花家怡园) at the famed Guijie (簋街), a street packed full of neon-lit restaurants and hungry patrons…

Hua Jia Yi Yuan (Rasa Malaysia Recommended)
235 Dongzhimennei Dajie (簋街)
Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010-64051908; 64030677

花家怡园(花家店)
东城区东直门内大街235号

To read more about what Beijing has to offer, head over to Diana Kuan’s blog at Appetite for China, a food writer who is currently based in Beijing. You can also check out my previous adventures in Beijing here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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12 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Zen Chef says:

    Yay, stalking! My favorite hobby!
    hehehehe…Okay that was a joke! :-S
    Are you busy traveling the world again? Lucky you!
    This crawfish dish looks incredible.

  2. Eat Me Outta Here says:

    I was just thinking about crawfish today because it’s in season. Your picture made me drool!

  3. AppetiteforChina says:

    I’m so glad you made it to Guijie! It’s such a foodie haven, especially if you like to true local experience. That ma la crawfish looks so spicy and so delicious. I’ll have to check out your recommendation.

    And thanks for the plug! :)

  4. Eunice says:

    this has got to be a new favourite blog…..

    AWESMOE FOOD & DROOLY PICTURES!!

  5. pablopabla says:

    I know I eat spicy food but I think I am defeated by this intimidating dish :D

  6. Clockwise says:

    Crawfish? Never heard of it. Looks like prawns to me.

  7. savvy gal says:

    I am drooling all over my labtop now.

  8. tigerfish says:

    They cook them by the buckets, don’t they? I like crawfish but the ma-la factor…hmmmm…..what if I just eat one craw fish and got numbed in my taste buds and can’t taste the rest of the 49 crawfish anymore? :P

    Happy traveling.

  9. pablopabla says:

    Hmm…is it supposed to be crayfish?

  10. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy says:

    hey, by, totally looking forward to seeing ya on 22 Apr. Anything you wanna eat from our desserts or you want me to surprise you? ;-)

  11. Mark says:

    I’ve had these in Beijing too. They were absolutely great, but a word of warning to anyone wanting to try them…. try and get some gloves to wear while pulling them apart, or failing that, don’t rub your eyes, pick your nose, or touch any other sensitive area for the rest of the day!

    We had them for lunch one day, then while working in the afternoon, even after washing my hands numerous times, I happened to rub one of my eyes and then couldn’t see out of it for the next 10 minutes… then, stupidly, 10 minutes after that, rubbed my other eye, and got the same punishment.

    Still, really great dish. Thanks for the memories!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Do not eat these mini lobsters. Known as Paragonimiasis, these mini crustaceans are literally the garbage cleaners in the sewage treatment plants.

    The ‘dirtier’ the water, the fatter these mini lobsters
    become.

    Their lungs are full of worms and their flesh saturated with poisonous metals.

    Unscrupulous merchants somehow found a way to get these marketed to eateries.

    Do not order this dish. Pass this to those friends who may want to try these mini ‘lobsters’.

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