Tantalize your taste buds, chop ‘til you drop, and sharpen up both the kitchen knives and your cooking skills this New Year, with your pick of cooking classes at The Hutong throughout January.
Start the New Year with major boss moves in the kitchen, impress your dinner guests with newfound skills, and update and mix up your pantry and recipe book!
Gourmet Chinese Dumplings, Jan 6
When in Rome. Dumplings have long been a staple in many traditional Chinese homes, a dinner table mainstay as well as an iconic dish on special occasions. There are many occasions that call for dumpling making, and if you’ve been in China long enough it’s not unlikely that you’ve been invited to join a table or two for Dumpling 101 sessions. It’s also likely that you haven’t used your new culinary experience to continue practicing and honing your dumpling-making skills. If that’s the case, start the new year off with a professional dumpling cooking class at The Hutong, and refine those kneading, filling, and pinching techniques. This isn’t just any dumpling-making session, this is Gourmet dumpling making. Adults. RMB 300. 10.30am–1pm.
Yunnan Cai, Jan 10
One of my absolute favorites, and reminiscent of the fragrant delicacies that usually grace bamboo tables in Thai restaurants and beach huts. If you’re looking for cooking skills that will teach you how to create flavorful and aromatic dishes then this is the one for you. Dubbed as the Ninth School of Chinese Cuisine, Yunnan Cai is a fusion of Han and Ethnic Minority culinary influences. Learn how to bring out the best in fresh wild vegetables, mushrooms, and colorful ingredients that make simple dishes pop! Join the wave of trendies hitting the “in-cuisine” scene, by bringing the trend to your own dinner table. Adults. RMB 300. 2.30pm–5pm. The Hutong.
Hand-Pulled Noodles, Jan 20
I don’t know about you but I’ve always been super impressed with the showmanship and technique that comes with serving up hand-pulled Chinese noodles. They go in peanut salads, soups, and stews, and are perfect winter-warming edible yumminess. If being more impressive than ever in the kitchen was your New Year Resolution, then this one is epic impressiveness with a side of more epicness for winter dining at home with loved ones and friends. Learn an ancient Chinese tradition that dates back to 1504. Accompanying your perfectly pulled noodles you will prepare a sweet and seasonal Xinjiang sauce. Knead and stretch, stretch, stretch…Adults. RMB 300. 2.30pm–5pm. The Hutong.
Tastes of India, Jan 10
Go gourmet with Indian Vegan table! That’s right, all that spice and all things nice, the vegan way. Join Chef Reshma Khan as she helps you to travel through a colorful Indian expedition, where veggies are the star of the show. Embrace a philosophy that puts your health and the health of the ecosystem at the forefront without having to sacrifice taste! Indian fine dining collides with a belief system that has taken root in all corners of the globe. You will learn how to use humble ingredients such as fresh vegetables, lentils, and pulses, and transform them into tantalizing dishes that really revolutionizes the meek vegetable into the star of the show. Adults. RMB 300. 7–9.30pm. The Hutong.
Try these classes and other awesome offerings throughout the month of January (and the rest of 2019) and start the year off with a culinary bang. Get in touch with The Hutong to find out more. You won’t regret it. Book online and you’ll be given the tools to become a cooking whiz.
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