Established in 1741, this time-honored brand serves a long-standing Manchu favorite—bairou, or "white-meat" pork casserole, which consists of thin strips of fatty pork concealing bok choy and glass noodles below. Shaguo is the Chinese term for a casserole pot, and there are many others on the menu at this perennially busy restaurant. Historically, Shaguo Ju emerged as a result of ceremonies held by imperial officials and wealthy Manchus in the Qing Dynasty,
which included sacrificial offerings of whole pigs. The meat offerings were later given away to the city's night watchmen, who shared the "gifts" with friends and relatives. Such gatherings gradually turned into a small business, and the popularity of "white meat" became more widespread.
60 Xisi Nan Dajie, Beijing, 100034, China