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Hani Gejiu Hosts Long Table Festival at Ditan Park
As much as we love Hani Gejiu‘s cozy little Yunnan restaurant nestled next to Beijing’s famed Bell Tower, their annual Long Table Festival in Ditan Park is an incredible rendition of the traditional festival in the Hani communities in villages around Hong He Zhou.
Truly a sight to be seen (see photo below), people of the Hani minority host the longest street banquet in the world. Lining up more than 3,000 tables laid out in one long stretch without a gap in between, this super long row of tables on the street is made to emulate the shape of a long, snaking dragon. Everyone dresses in their holiday best and celebrates their most popular national delicacies together over this jovial time-honored culinary tradition.
With the Hani minority famed for being natural born singers, the event calls for a whole lot of singing and dancing mixed in with the day-long event of eating and drinking.
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Get Ready for Beijing’s Countryside Summer BBQ on an Organic Farm
A woman of many culinary talents from teaching to cooking and hosting, Sue Zhou seems to do it all.
She has her hand in many different culinary projects including the yummy Yunnan restaurant by the Bell Tower Hani Gejiu, she’s hosts culinary cooking camps, and she’s got her own brand of catering for events SueZhouDoesFood. If you follow her on social media like Instagram and WeChat ID: suezhoudoesfood, you’ll start to get a sense of not only how driven and hardworking she is and how much care she puts into sourcing wholesome and quality ingredients, but also how drool-worthy and delicious all her creative fusion dishes are.
She laughs when I call her Superwoman Chef Sue Zhou, but there are not many who are so passionate and brave enough to take on a full-day BBQ feast for 100+ people all on her own.
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Book Your Private Organic Dinner at Stone’s Kitchen in Wang Jing
Introduced to me by my multi-talented and well-connected foodie friend Sue Zhou, a skilled and dedicated chef, co-restaurant owner of Hani Gejiu Yunnan restaurant and founder of creative catering and culinary consulting service suezhoudoesfood, I first dined at Stone’s Kitchen with a group of 11 fellow foodies organized by the one and only Sue Zhou.
Even with the location a bit more out of reach in Wang Jing, all 11 of us had our faith and loyalty in Sue’s high-standards for food quality and discerning palate and knew it would be worth the effort of getting out there. And we were right.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Absolute China Tours, Chef Sue Zhou, culinary tradition, Ditan Park, Fanze Tan, Hani GeJiu 哈尼个旧, Hani Minority, Hong He Zhou, Long Table Festival, music performances, Yoopay, Yunnan Cuisine | 2 Comments »
Hani Gejiu Hosts a Long Table Banquet in Ditan Park
After hosting a successful Long Table Festival Celebration in their cozy little hutong Yunnan restaurant Hani Gejiu just next to the Bell Tower, they are branching out and spreading their wings to do something that, I dare say, has never been done before.
Having secured a spot in the Fangze Tan in Ditan Park, they will line up long tables for another banquet dinner in the same space where emperors once offered sacrifices to the Goddess of the Earth during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
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After the Unexpected Postponement, JUE Wraps Up Another Great Year with its Ever Popular JUE Market
Back in its 3rd year, JUE Market was originally scheduled to take place at the off-set of the art and music festival, but due to unexpected circumstances, they had to postpone their most popular event of the festival to coincide with their closing party.
Wrapping up all the elements of JUE, this market day features some of Beijing’s most beloved specialty vendors ranging from fantastic home-brewed craft beer by Jing A Beer and Great Leap Brewing, savory bites by Two Guys and A Pie, Yunnan by Sue Zhou’s Hani Gejiu, Andy’s Craft Sausages, and delectable desserts by both Sweet Tooth Bakery and Fat Bunny Bakery.
Food and beverages aside, JUE Market will also showcase plenty of crafty vendors selling everything from creative handi-crafts to this year’s newest fashion designs along with a variety of interactive artworks, installations, film screenings, and live musical performances throughout the day.
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Middle 8 中八楼’s Upscale Branch on the 4th Floor of Taikoo Li Sanlitun Village
Over the years, I’ve seen Yunnan cuisine really take shape in Beijing with over a dozen tasty restaurants all specializing in signature Yunnanese dishes spread across the city.
And one of the first restaurants that introduced me to the wonderful world of Yunnan cuisine is Middle 8th 中八楼. Not only has this brand been around for what seems like the very beginning of Beijing’s dining scene, their original location still exists and it’s pretty guaranteed to be jam-packed lunch and dinner daily. In fact, business is so good that they have multiple other locations in the city including their newest branch on the 4th floor of Sanlitun Taikoo Li Village, located directly above Hatsune Japanese restaurant. Access is through a single elevator, but you can also take the stairs behind the elevator if the lift is too crowded.
Though I still prefer to make the effort to support the more off-the-beaten track options tucked away down narrow hutongs in Gulou like the recently opened Hani Gejiu by Chef Sue Zhou and the classic, tried and true Dali Courtyard with its charming courtyard space perfect for summer nights, Middle 8 is ideal for those who prefer staying in comfort of the dining hot spot that is Sanlitun, especially now that there are two branches within walking distance.
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