Post Quarantine Pickup – Cooking Challenge

If there’s one thing the Chinese aren’t given enough credit for, it’s their food. Many of us arrive in China to discover that much of what we find on takeout menus at home couldn’t be further from the real deal - and it’s always a pleasant surprise. But how many Chinese dishes can you make [...]

By |April 28th, 2020|Food, Hutong School|1 Comment

8 MUST-TRY Street Food Snacks in China

There's little doubt that Chinese people love eating. While "family-style" meals are perhaps the most traditional way of eating in China, there is also a rich tradition of xiǎochī小吃 or“small eats".  These in-between meal bites that can be found on street corners and in night markets. Many of the following items started out as regional [...]

By |April 26th, 2018|Chinese Culture, Food|2 Comments

Spring Festival at a Glance

A Quick Guide to China's Most Important Holiday The Chinese New Year, known in Chinese as chūnjié 春节 (literally "Spring Festival") is fast approaching. Since it follows the traditional Chinese lunar calendar it's also sometimes known as the Lunar New Year. This is why every year it falls on a slightly different date according to the [...]

Christmas Potluck Charity Bash

It's The Most Magical Time Of The Year On December 9th, Hutong School hosted a Christmas Potluck Charity Bash with local Shanghai charity, Giving Tree. It was a night filled with amazing people, delicious food, awesome prizes, and a great cause. We appreciate everyone that came out that night to join us and [...]

By |December 27th, 2017|Food, Holidays and Festivals, Hutong School|0 Comments

Colourful Cuisines from a land of contrasts

Discovering the 8 different cuisines of China Dogs, Instant noodles and strange insects. That’s what they eat in China right? And rice of course, lots and lots of rice. This being a comical untrue preconception, China is still an undiscovered leaf for many people, thus leaving room for imaginary conceptions on life [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Chinese Culture, Food, Tips and Guides, Travel|2 Comments

5 Reasons Why China Is The Place To Be In Winter

A Chinese Winter Adventure China is an incredible place to visit all year round. It has an unbelievably rich culture and history, a variety of unique cuisines, as well as astonishing places to see. What’s more, it’s a rapidly developing country that you have to witness for yourself. Jump out of your comfort zone, [...]

By |September 11th, 2017|Food, Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

Become a Chinese Master Chef

5 Famous Chinese Dishes You Should Try (to make yourself) The more you begin to feel confident in China, the less scared you will be to venture out to local Chinese restaurants. Their menus are usually in Chinese (or with amazing translations) so if you've ever felt overwhelmed trying to choose a Chinese dish, here's what [...]

Guestblog: 7 Mesmerizing Secrets About Chinese Food

7 Mesmerizing Secrets About Chinese Food This week the Hutong School blog was visited by a guest blogger: Operation:Falafel One day or the other, most of us try to cook Chinese food that we find comfort in. Whether we take a stab at the egg-fried rice with Szechuan chicken or the chow mein [...]

How eating pork brain and paying with mobile phones make my day in China!

The first challenges When I went to China end of February this year, it was my first time ever being in Asia. So everything was new to me from the moment I left the plane. The first challenge started when buying a metro ticket. Was it Changshu Road or Changshou Road, I was wondering where [...]

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in China

Being a vegetarian in China can be a struggle. When specifically asking the fuwuyuan for a dish without meat, more often than not there will always be some small pieces of meat sprinkled on top of your dish, even after they reassured you there was no meat in it. Knowing this, you would think [...]

By |May 4th, 2016|Food, Tips and Guides|5 Comments