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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Black Carrot Cake, Hainan Chicken Rice, Hawker food, Jian Archery Bar, Kopi Milk Coffee, Laksa, Lau Pa Sak, new location, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Sanlitun SOHO, Singaporean, 老巴刹 | 1 Comment »
Long Live Lau Pa Sak’s Savoury and Moreish Black Carrot Cake
Time slows for no man, and Beijing too, slows for no man.
It’s just my luck for Lau Pa Sak 老巴刹 to move locations just a few weeks after I move into the building just next to its original home, south of the Canadian Embassy. When I first saw the original location gutted, I initially thought Lau Pa Sak was the latest casualty of the endless development of the city, but was pleased to hear that it had already found a new home in Sanlitun SOHO. A place I’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years for a quick and tasty lunch, I went to check out their new digs and make sure that it still lived up to it’s old incarnation.
Sanlitun SOHO constantly strikes me as a place where hairdressers go to have children, who then turn out to be hairdressers. Somewhere in the mess, there are a few places worth visiting (One Pot by SSAM Korean restaurant, that new(ish), jam-packed Hunan noodle spot, and Jian Archery Bar) but they are never particularly easy to find. The same is true of Lau Pa Sak’s new location. On the ground floor, it is located on the south side of Tower 3. Expect to walk in circles because we did too.
Still in a similar design of casual dining, the new Lau Pa Sak is smaller than its previous location, but I don’t think people have quite figured out that they’ve moved and where they’ve moved to so you don’t need to worry about waiting for a table like you had to before.
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Back in the day, Sanlitun was an upstart neighbourhood with a grotty street that became known as Bar Street and very little else to recommend it. The area has been transformed since then and the latest development is the Topwin centre, which also houses the new Intercontinental Hotel set to open later this year.
If you’ve walked past it, you can’t help but notice there is a big Mercedes presence and it isn’t to sell cars. Mercedes have decided to try and branch out over recent years and begun opening Mercedes Me around the world. This one in Beijing is currently the biggest, with a shop, cafe, bar and a restaurant. So, recently your intrepid blogger went to find out why on earth a car manufacturer has entered the restaurant business.
“The world’s largest Mercedes me venue at 2,800 m2, the venue is home to the meCafe, a Southeast Asian Café; a juice bar by meCafe; the Lighthouse, a cosmopolitan watering hole; SiFang SanChuan, a modern Chinese restaurant; a gallery space, and retail component. Designed by HG Merz, the venue is a project created by operated by Cakeshop Originals.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chef Andrew Ahn, Contemporary Korean, Fruit Soju, One Pot, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Roasted Beer Chicken, Sanlitun, Sanlitun SOHO, SSAM, Yuzu Cocktail | 6 Comments »
Load Up on These Fruity Soju Cocktails Every Friday and Saturday
Known for its creative take on contemporary Korean, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM is no one-hit wonder and with a newly expanded menu and weekend drink special, it’s time to head back for more.
Many foodies come crawling back for more of their mouth-watering Roasted Beer Chicken (RMB 118) impressively served standing on a platter filled with golden potato wedges, salad and 3 signature sauces for dipping. It’s not hard to see why people start salivating uncontrollably as soon as they just see the photos. Honestly, unless you’re vegetarian, this juicy, scrumptious plump chicken is irresistible.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Chef Reshma Khan, curry, Khan Baba, Pakistani cuisine, Sanlitun SOHO, The Hutong, Weekday Lunch Buffet | 2 Comments »
Pakistani Dinner Spread at Khan Baba
Khan Baba came highly recommended to me by someone who was born and raised in Pakistan and now resides with his family in Beijing. After asking others and hearing nothing but positive remarks, Khan Baba jumped to the top of my restaurant hit list. Ready with an appetite for a full spread after my role model Chef Reshma Khan (who teaches Indian and Pakistani cooking classes at The Hutong) gave me a list of her favorite dishes to try there, I’m happy to introduce fellow foodies to try Khan Baba Pakistani Restaurant.
Located on the top floor of the sadly desolate Sanlitun SOHO, Khan Baba is definitely a destination venue for people who are not fussy about a flashy entrance or dazzling ambiance and all about tasty and authentic Pakistani cuisine. For those who work nearby, take advantage of their awesome lunch deal. Monday through Friday, Khan Baba offers a big lunch buffet for only RMB 55 per person (will need to come back and LDS that).
LDS Snapshots of Khan Baba:
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BJ FOoDieS Returns to the Reinvented SSAM restaurant now called One Pot
SSAM is not a new restaurant in Beijing, but it’s been reinvented into One Pot 一锅 by SSAM and I’m delighted to share that the BJ FOoDiEs team is hosting their next dinner here on Sunday, August 31st from 7:30-9:30PM.
Though the restaurant’s popular whole roasted beer chicken has received decent media coverage across various magazines and blogs, I still don’t think that this restaurant has reached the mainstream foodie scene so I’m hoping that this upcoming event will make a splash because Chef Andrew Ahn of One Pot by SSAM is a very talented chef who deserves much more credit and praise (this is the same chef that is currently corresponding with Chef Rob Cunningham of EAST hotel in Lido to organize the menu for their upcoming Carnivore Club feast).
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Andrew Ahn, Contemporary Korean, Korean, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM, Roasted Beer Chicken, Sanlitun SOHO, SSAM, Topokki, whole roasted chicken, 一锅 | 3 Comments »
Roasted Chicken in All Her Glory
Previously known as SSAM, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM has completely reinvented itself for the better. The location and design of the venue is pretty much the same as I remember it from when it first opened in 2011, but the previous concept of “molecular Korean cuisine” with teeny-tiny portions has now been swapped out with reinventing staple Korean street snacks and specialty Korean hot pot, soups, toppoki (rice cake) soaked in Korean chili sauce, bimbaps, jeon (pancakes) and kim bap (seaweed rolls).
The menu is as diverse as ever (over 10 pages of Korean goodies) but less fancy-pantsy with much-too-complicated dish names. Everything now is clearly more straight-forward and the prices are incredible value for what you’re getting. I love places that give great value and One Pot has hit the mark smack dab in the middle.
I’ll be honest, before I would have questioned SSAM’s chance to last the test of time in Beijing’s fickle and cut-throat dining scene where restaurants seem to be closing as quickly as new ones are popping up but now I pray that it will because I truly believe it deserves to have a permanent place in Beijing.
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