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2-Hour Small-Group Culinary Market Tour in Beijing

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Kiss goodbye to your fears of Chinese food shopping on this 2-hour small-group culinary walking tour. You'll learn the ins and outs of shopping for food the Chinese way, discover a host of new flavors, and learn how to incorporate them into your own dishes under the tutelage of a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Soak up the colors, scents, and flavors of a vibrant Beijing market
  • Discover the key ingredients of Chinese cuisine—and how to use them
  • Learn how to shop for Chinese produce and condiments like a local
  • Small group ensures personal attention from your foodie guide
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group at Guloudajie subway station then stroll to a nearby market, favored by chefs at the street's hip restaurants. Absorb the sights, sounds, colors, and scents as your foodie guide explains the principles of Chinese cuisine.

Discover how to buy and use traditional Chinese ingredients. Learn about China’s eight great regional cuisines and the different sauces, spices, and condiments each region favors. Understand some of the basic ingredients that go into traditional Chinese medicine, and the principles that underpin it.

Along the way, savor tastings and purchase what takes your fancy with your guide on hand as translator. Your tour ends in the market but your guide can direct you to the subway or help you find a taxi.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a tour of the largest market in Beijing. It's good if you are really into local food markets, are a Chef or have recently moved to Beijing and need help navigating buying your fresh produce. I'd say this is for travellers seeking a...More

Thank kirbya2014
Reviewed 26 April 2019 via mobile

Fascinating, bustling market, with plenty of new ingredients to learn about, and a helpful guide to explain more about how to identify different ingredients and how to use them in cooking. Also we got to taste some fresh and tasty snacks like meat-filled pancakes, fresh...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank BeccaBeijing
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Hutong is a cultural association - as they say a "cultural exchange center"- that organizes culinary and cultural coursed/visits, mainly attended by expats and motivated tourists that want to understand more about Beijing. What to say more than excellent? I appreciate that this review...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank narrating
Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see the classic hutong neighborhoods, and we got that and much more. This small firm run by expats and locals lived up to their billing: personal tours with no big groups, leaders with flags and bullhorns, or funny color coded hats. Jeremiah...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank P6717RNrichards
Reviewed 11 December 2013

I completely recommend The Hutong! Not only are they located in a very traditional Hutong neighborhood courtyard , which gives you a taste of old Beijing, but the staff is very friendly and their classes cover everything from cooking classes, market tours, food crawls, local...More

Date of experience: December 2013
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