In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

In Context: Wu Chong on Beijing’s Punk Scene

Not long ago, the concepts of individuality and self-expression were largely unfamiliar to the Chinese people. Over the past thirty years that’s changed, largely thanks to the introduction of international culture, which catapulted the country’s own breakneck artistic evolution. There is still a lot of ground to cover though, and China’s socio-political environment is fertile soil for punk rock – [...]

March 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0 comments

Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Stopping Time at a Hidden Teahouse in Shanghai

Tea culture is ingrained in China’s history and and has a bright future, too – especially if you ask Min Lin , the proprietress of a teahouse hidden in an unassuming Shanghai apartment complex. It’s no exaggeration to say that entering the apartment feels like taking a step out of time. From the gentle murmur of an indoor waterfall and the soft [...]

January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am 0 comments

Eating a Dragon – A Typical Beijing Breakfast

Eating a Dragon – A Typical Beijing Breakfast

One of the most thrilling aspects of traveling is getting to try new food. While the more adventurous of us might prefer the point-and-grunt method, we thought an instructional video might be of use for those yearning for the authentic Chinese breakfast experience – without the risk. Chinese breakfast cuisine varies by region, but the menu items tend to be [...]

December 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm 0 comments

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

DongHuaMen – Beijing’s Culinary Gauntlet

Donghuamen is a night market specializing in exotic, unusual snacks, catering primarily to out-of-towners. Taking up several blocks near the busy Wangfujing pedestrian mall, this culinary gauntlet offers everything from bull testicles and octopus tentacles to more innocuous fare like coconut juice and dessert jellies. Skewered silkworms, starfish, baby sharks and sea horses share counters with chicken kebab, steamed buns, [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm 6 comments

Monica’s Home Cafe

The owner of Monica's, Di Wu.

Sometimes even the most adventurous travelers need a touch of home. If you find yourself craving a bit of Western culture, but don’t want to punish your body (and soul) by giving in to fast food chains, there is a quirky hangout that just might sate your needs. Welcome to Monica’s Home – a social space modeled after the famous [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

One year ago, if you asked Kin Hong, a chef trained in classic French cuisine, if he could ever see himself opening a Mexican restaurant in China, he would’ve told you that you must be crazy. Now, he’s the proud owner of The Taco Bar in Beijing, the first of its kind. We visited Kin Hong’s establishment during its soft opening in August [...]

December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm 0 comments

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Shanghai: Xia Fa Ji Restaurant

Weak from hunger and jet lag, Xia Fa Ji Restaurant was our salvation at the end of a 14 hour flight to the other side of the world. We have to admit, the framed photo of, presumably, the restaurant’s owner shaking hands with actor and director Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, God of Cookery), immediately inspired a sense of confidence, [...]

August 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm 1 comment

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Shanghai: Cha’s Restaurant – Cantonese Diner

Cha’s Restaurant is renowned for faithfully recreating an authentic Hong Kong “cha canting” dining experience in the style of the 1950s. From the black and white attire of the wait staff to the green-and-white tiled floors, 50s pop music pouring from the speakers, old-timey drink cases that cool soda by circulating cold water, and vintage lavatory signs from 1950s Hong Kong, [...]

August 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm 0 comments