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The Hutong - Culture Exchange Center

Beijing, China
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About The Hutong - Culture Exchange Center
The Hutong is Beijing's premier culture exchange center in the heart of the capital. From cooking classes to tea workshops, to walking tours for the intellectually curious traveler, and much more.
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LittleWolfToo wrote a review Aug 2020
San Jose, California1 contribution
I had a zoom cooking class with Sophia. From start to finish it was a great experience. The communication was quick, thorough, and personal. Everything I would be needing was anticipated- not only were recipes and an ingredient list provided, photos of each item along with both English and mandarin were included as well so shopping was easy. Zoom can be fickle, but despite the few glitches we had no problems. It was easy to see and hear, and it felt almost as if we were in the same room. The recipes were delicious! Though I’m an experienced cook, enjoyed learning new techniques and especially the background of the dishes we made. Is there a higher rating? I’d definitely give it if there were. 😊
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Wanli wrote a review Aug 2020
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We spent a delightful evening being taught how to prepare delicious Yunnanese food by the patient and talented Ms. Yao. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Athole M wrote a review Aug 2020
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We organised a private cooking party for a combined leaving, birthday and wedding anniversary celebration. The theme was Yunnan cuisine. We started the evening with welcome drinks on the terrace overlooking the roofs of the Hutongs - which was fantastic. Then we were wonderfully guided by Yao and Jane into cooking three truly fantastic Yunnan dishes. The atmosphere at the Hutong is really something special. And Yao is an amazingly sweet, funny, patient and brilliant teacher to learn from. And the best bit is getting to enjoy the food you have made altogether at the end. I can’t recommend a trip to the Hutong enough. This is my third visit and it has been brilliant every time.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Diane wrote a review Aug 2020
Belper25 contributions4 helpful votes
We took the Chinese cookery class with Sophia and had a blast. We took along our 5 year old daughter who already has a keen interest in cooking and baking. Although she couldn’t fully participate she had her own little work station and was included in everything start to finish, she loved trying all the ingredients and food at the end. Our host Sophia was informative, engaging and passionate about the food. She taught us so many things about the food, history, correct ingredients, knife skills and much more. The food was absolutely delicious and we look forward to booking more classes in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Juliana S wrote a review Aug 2020
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I am regular guest by The Hutong. But this Wednesday we took part for the first time at the private cooking class with some colleagues and friends. And for the first time it was not a Chinese cuisine: we learnt 3 Vietnamese dishes. And what can I say? - it was like always by the Hutong: delicious, informative and FUNNY! I have every time so much fun there. Yao and Jane are just amazing hosts and we learnt a lot. I love to cook the recipes at home after classes and already much of them I cook frequently. I can not count how many classes I visited in the last 2 years I spent in Beijing - but i still learn every time something new about the Chinese (and now about other Asian) culture, spices and ingredients. Thanks a lot for this evening! See you soon agaign!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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