When I stepped inside the Hutong courtyard I knew this would be an interesting experience, the location is beautiful, inside the small hutong alleys, you feel like you went back to old China, they have different rooms and a terrace, its so peaceful that you feel instantly home.
Trying to become a dumpling master :)
Living in Beijing for so long I’ve heard about the Hutong cooking classes but never paid much attention to it, I love to cook but I guess I was just lazy or I though that I had time to try since I lived there, at my birthday in march my friend gave me a voucher for a cooking class on the Hutong, I was so happy and thankful, what a great birthday gift and I always wanted to go anyways, so that was my chance.
The Instructor was great, I lived in china for so long but there was so many historical and cultural facts that she shared concerning Chinese food and culture that I ignored, the majority of the students were travelers or expats, it was fun entertaining and we couldn’t even feel the time passing by.
Some people were vegetarians and they also did their special dumplings, we tried different colors on the dumplings, I always though that its super hard but its actually simple for the color process, the hardest was folding them, by the end we had the freshest dumplings I ever tasted, cooked in different ways, steamed, boiled, fried and we also took our recipe home with us.
I left very impressed with the class the atmosphere and the lovely staff at the Hutong that I bough my whole family 3 weeks later and they also enjoyed the class as much as I did, if you love to discover a culture though its food, do yourself a favor and please visit the Hutong.
The Hutong also offers many cultural tours and market tours, you can check it out in their website http://thehutong.com/.
Address: 1 Jiudaowan Middle Alley, DongZhiMen, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
Phone: +86 159 0104 6127
You can always contact them when you book the class, ask for the Chinese address for the taxi or the subway stop, its still a little tricky to find the location, you can also call and ask them to meet you at the subway.
Tips: The school is located on the beixinqiao subway station exit D, after the class you can take advantage and explore the area or go to yonghegong lama temple, that is just one station away, this area is filled with old style hutongs, restaurants,coffee shops and allots of activities.