The famed Beijing Shanghai rivalry thrives on stereotypes. The northerners and the southerners are considered polar opposites. Rivalry aside, there are genuine differences that extend to the kitchen. Beijing cuisine is hearty and heavier, best enjoyed in the cold winter months. Shanghai cuisine is mellow, characterized by light flavor and appealing aesthetics. Cuts, shapes, arrangements and colors are important, true food styling.

Come join us to get beyond the aesthetics, and dive into the complex flavors and cooking styles of Shanghainese cuisine.

The Hutong’s Chinese Kitchen series is designed to teach you the basics and beyond. Each of our cooking workshops covers wok and cutting techniques, tips on how to combine spices and provides the Chinese names of ingredients. You’ll learn how to make best use of fresh seasonal produce and prepare balanced Chinese meals for you, your friends and family. Take a gastronomic tour of China’s regions in our Chinese Kitchen.

Our recipes change with each class, according to the chef’s selected dishes and seasonal produce. Please let us know if you have any dish preferences and dietary restrictions.
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Cost: 280 RMB, 220 for members.

Click here to visit our calendar and to sign up for our Shanghai workshop.

Click here for directions to The Hutong, and here for our Live Long and Prosperous Map.

Click here to find out how to become a member, and click here to find out about our Year of The Dragon 6 Course Cardand here for information on our MonthLong Card.

Last not but not least, The Hutong is proud to be going organic! TooToo Organic Farm is The Hutong’s health food partner, bringing you the best, freshest ingredients from the fertile soil of their farm in Pinggu County. No pesticides, no chemical fertilizers, no genetically modified, only natural cultivation and free range poultry, meats, eggs and diary. Whenever possible, all fresh ingredients used at The Hutong are organic products delivered directly from TooToo Organic Farm.  For more information on TooToo Organic Farm and their Home Delivery Service in Beijing, visit their English online shopping website.

For families and friends looking for a more intimate experience, we are also happy to work with you to create memorable private parties, private cooking classes, catered events and our signature Hook N Cook cooking competition. Click here to find out more about our private culinary events