Popular Sanlitun restaurant Nanjing Impression is inviting a mixture of local and expat families to join them for a workshop that celebrates traditions of Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 2 this year.
During the workshop, which is scheduled on Saturday May 24, families will have a hands-on chance to understand why Chinese people celebrate the day and to make zongzi under the instructions of the executive chef.
As simple as a zongzi looks, the pyramidal rice cake is difficult to make, even for some Chinese chefs. It’s tricky to form the bamboo leaves into a funnel shape and stuff it with cooked glutinous rice and condiments, which can be versatile from dried dates, mashed red beans, egg, and pork to peanuts.
Don’t be intimidated, once you put your hands on the zongzi, you already have a good chance to win. From less than 10 families chosen to participate, the top 3 families that make best zongzi will be rewarded with a RMB 50-150 restaurant voucher to enjoy the Nanjing food.
To win more vouchers to cover the dinner bill, cram for some facts about the festival like who Qu Yuan is and why the tradition of dragon boat racing exists. A RMB 50 voucher will be given for each correct answer.
Expect more family games that award those with good communication and cooperation between parents and kids.
The workshop is intended to get around 6 families exclusively from beijingkids readers, so you have a good chance to enter if you have children aged 5-10.
Further questions and RSVP, email Rita Gao at email@example.com or call her at 139 1093 9423 by Wednesday May 21.
2.30-4pm, May 24. Nanjing Impressions, 4/F, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (8405 9777) 朝阳区工体北路13号世茂百货4层 南京大牌档
beijingkids says: “Despite the fact that Nanjing Impressions been established in Beijing for over two years, only a smattering of expats have given the chain a chance to impress. Food should be enjoyed in the right ambiance – and Nanjing Impressions knows how to deliver an authentic experience. We visited the Sanlitun branch at Shimao Department Store, where an elderly man in Nanjing traditional dress greeted us with a bow and politely ushered us in…” To read the full restaurant review, chick here.
Photos: courtesy of Shenghung Lin and avlxyz (Flickr)