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A new, semi-regular blog series where we introduce the restaurants that are whipping up hype on China’s favorite review website: Dianping.

The Sweet Dynasty
Dianping rank (as of Aug 22): 17
Average rating: 4/5 stars (1614 reviews)

A Hong Kong style dinner serving up Cantonese favorites and southern sweets. Users rave about the steamed matcha custard buns.

Users say: “Definitely a Hong Kong-style restaurant with it's own charm. Instead of claypot rice or fried noodles, their specialty is steamed dishes. The best thing was the steamed matcha buns, the sweet outside contrasting well with the slightly savory egg yolk filling. The only downside is it's a little expensive, but that's because it's in the Gongti area.” (你好猫猫爱上蓝蓝胖子)

The Sweet Dynasty 糖朝
6 Gongti Xilu (south of Gongti West Gate), Chaoyang District (6553 3883)

Meinanhe Thai Restaurant and Bar
Dianping rank (as of August 22): 5
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (1352 reviews)

This Thai restaurant is popular with Hungry CBD office drones for the spicy tom yum soup and grilled pork neck. 

Users say: “Pretty good restaurant, the boss is very nice. I always order the massaman curry. The best thing is the rice, which is genuine Thai fragrant rice." (yangxiaobaoo)

Meinanhe Thai Restaurant and Bar 湄南河泰厨
Inside Xingmei Film City, Bldg 8, World City, 8-9 Jinhui Lu, Chaoyang District (5613 6388)

Hongfanqie Chuzhenfang
Dianping rank (as of Aug 22): 1
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (330 reviews)

If you happen to find yourself hungry around the Bird's Nest, then this Hubei restaurant comes highly recommended by Dianping users. They specialize in claypot and steamed dishes. 

Users say: "Service is very good, but the range of dishes could be better." (widongdong)

Hongfanqie Chuzhenfang 红番茄楚珍舫
1/F, Grand Skylight Catic Hotel, 19 Beichen Donglu, Chaoyang District  (8498 1055)

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