Since Beijing has been the Chinese capital city for centuries, its cuisine was influenced by people from all over China. The Emperor's Kitchen was a term referring to the cooking places inside of the Forbidden City of Beijing where thousands of cooks from the different parts of China showed their best cooking skills to please royal families and officials. Therefore, sometimes it is very difficult to tell if a Mandarin dish is really originated from Beijing or not. Mandarin wikis may help here.
Some famous Mandarin dishes:
- Hot and sour soup??
- String beans with minced pork??
- Eggplant with Minced pork in chili sauce