Yet again demonstrating that the Hutongs offer some interesting possibilities for small, agile businesses, White Tiger Village is Nathan Zhang’s latest venture (who opened the innovative, upcycling Brandnü charity shop to support rural women in China and heavily involved with the classy Chi restaurant on Wudaoying Hutong by Lama Temple).
Situated on Xiang’er Hutong, White Tiger Village 白老虎村 is an experimental Chuan’er 串儿 (obligatory pirate accent for proper Beijing pronunciation) and Dong Bei 东北 restaurant. The name comes from his hometown and Nathan has recreated dishes that his mother cooks in this novel space.
The open kitchen where you can watch your skewers being prepared and barbecued pays homage to the streetside vendors you used to visit before the Chengguan decided to ruin all the fun. This is the future of Chinese street food and whilst many of you may be nostalgic for RMB 2 Tsingtao-fuelled night market feasts, this is definitely much more hygienic and so much more cozy for the winter months.
Chi Restaurant is all about local, organic and artisanal dishes.
Opened by a wonderfully creative and forward-thinking team – husband and wife duo behind Saffron Spanish restaurant Yao Yang and Li Yang and managed by Nathan Zhang, the hip and awesome founder of upcycling charity concept Brand Nu. Already among the most respected business owners of Wudaoying Hutong, these guys are classy-ing up this mega-popular strip of trendy cat cafes, hipster bars, fixie bike shops, and comfort dining joints (like Vineyard Cafe and Stuff’d just around the corner) with one of cutest, quaintest little gems of all.
Beautifully designed with Japanese accents, the space feels warm and cozy rather than squished and tight and the welcoming atmosphere is enhanced by the happy diners and smiling chefs from the open kitchen that literally bares all with not one cluttered corner abled to be hidden from plain view.
Serving breakfast, set lunches and dinners, foodies come to Chi for organic food that promotes sustainable eating by locally sourcing as many of their ingredients as possible. Catering to a loyal following of regular customers, they are also rotating their menu on a weekly basis so you can always count on something different each time you come.
For one day only, a pop-up boutique marketplace in a little hutong courtyard by Yugongyishan will be featuring racks and racks of vintage, second-hand, and ready-for-a-new-home clothing.
- Everyone can enjoy a ’Spring Bar’ serving up sangria, mojitos and mint juleps all day for RMB 10 – RMB 15
- Music by DJ OK
- Nathan Zhang and Brandnu’s new fashion line UPCYCLE – beautiful pieces re-using vintage fabrics and created by a handful of designers.
- Sun and Fun!
All proceeds raised during this event will be going to support brandnu and it’s development projects working with migrant women.
Brandnu (Wudaoying Hutong No 61 West) is a Beijing-based store and artisan network that connects the energy of young urban designers with the age-old traditions of Chinese craftsmanship. Their shop collects clothes, books, and unwanted goods to be sold, recycled and reused, with all profits directly benefiting rural women in China. They also stock handicrafts from various NGO supported projects as a means to both introduce traditional arts and to enable rural women to be economically independent.