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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Nanluoguxiang (NLGX), SuSu, Vietnamese, Wan, Wudaoying | 2 Comments »
Welcome to Wan: Wudaoying’s Secret Garden
Wudaoying Hutong, we are all praying for you. Praying that you do not morph into another monstrosity, the likes of which Nanluoguxiang (NLGX) has become. For now, there is much to recommend this street and Wan is a welcome addition.
Wan is a Vietnamese restaurant located opposite VA bar on the East end of the street, next to the Yonghegong Subway. From the outside, it seems like a tiny space with only 3 tables, but inside is actually deceptively big, much like Mary Poppins’ bag. There is space enough for at least 60 people and it is a very lovely surprise of a space.
With a large open glass ceiling, it is beautifully lit by natural light during the day. There is plenty of foliage – so you can feel like you’re sitting in your very own garden courtyard, and a few private corners for if you want a quieter conversation.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Special Events, Upcoming Events | Tags: Abigail Arterburn, Afternoon Tea, Ahava Bistro & Cafe, Anete Elken, Audrey Tao, Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant, BEAM, Becca Ruskin, Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP), Bethel, Britt Langford, Cafe Zarah, Charlotte Arneson, CHP, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, East Hotel, Greta Bradford, Gretchen Johnson, Hatsune, Hot Chocolate, Hot Toddy, Ivy Wang, Jamie Kung, Jing-A Brewing Co., Josh Kernan, Juice by Melissa, Julie Bonanno, Kelvin Goh, Kyla McIntyre, Laurey Lou, Malou Claessens, Matthew Edmondston, Melissa McKenna, Migas, Mosto, Obentos, Pak Pak Thai Restaurant, Peter VanderMeulen, Punjabi, Punjabi Indian restaurant, Rachel Friedman, Raffle Prizes, Rager Pie, Shirley Fan, Sugar & Spice, SuSu, Sweet Tart Bakery, Sydney Hess, Tea with Georg, The Georg, The Hatchery, The Hutong, The Taco Bar, This City Art, Traitor Zhou's, Warm Milk | No Comments »
Get that Glass of Milk Ready, You’re About to Enter Cookie Heaven
Cookie Monster’s dream-come-true, Beijing’s sweet tooths are in for a real treat this coming weekend. An event designed for insatiable cookie addicts and have a bottomless pit for homemade, stuff-your-face-silly cookies, we’re all about that cookie.
But I’m not just talking about any cookie. I’m talking 20 different types of creative cookies, each one made from scratch by 20 brilliant bakers based in Beijing. There will be more than your fair share of cookies to munch your way through, it really doesn’t get much better than this!
From chewy and gooey to salty cookies, vegan cookies and crafty variations of your classic Chocolate Chip cookies, we are very proud to announce the top contestants who have made the cut and will be competing in this year’s Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Badr Benjelloun, BJ Foodies, Bottega, Caravan, Cuju, Daniele Salvo, Hong Kong Red Cross, International Medical Corps (IMC), Italian food, JUMP foundation, Justin Bedard, Neapolitan pizza, Nepal RISE, Paulo Salvo, Pizzaria, SuSu, Yoopay | No Comments »
BJ FOoDiEs Take Over Bottega this Sunday, May 24th
One of the biggest perks about eating with the monthly BJ FOoDiEs charity group dinners is their ability to book out very busy, popular restaurants and seek out places that are truly worthy of a room full of hardcore foodies. Last month’s charity dinner was hosted at the stunning hutong authentic Vietnamese restaurant Susu and this month they’ve managed to lock in one of the most talked about new Italian pizzarias in town – Bottega!
Though they do pull a wild card here and there in trying out brand new restaurants that are still in soft opening stages and not yet open to the general public, even then it’s more of a sense of privilege rather than taking a gamble. Their March FOoDiEs dinner at Caravan is a perfect example because even though the restaurant had opened on a Sunday just to host the BJ FOoDiEs group and had not been running regular business hours yet, Badr Benjelloun is no amateur with already a successful Moroccan Bistrot, Rummery and Sport Bar Cuju under his belt and a trusted reputation for generous hospitality and a whole lot of fun whenever he’s around (click here for LDS review).
Clearly, the BJ FOoDiEs team have had their eyes set on Bottega ever since they opened this winter and it’s very exciting to hear that one of the city’s most authentic Neapolitan pizzarias is about to show Beijingers how real Italian ought to be. This place is legit and the BJ FOoDiEs team scored an incredible meal deal for those who are lucky (and quick) enough to score a seat.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: BJ Foodies, Charity Dinner, Education In Sight, Spring Menu, SuSu, Vietnamese cuisine, Yoopay | No Comments »
While the monthly BJ FOoDiEs charity group dinners are often hosted in newly-opened restaurants eager to spread the word of their new business to the foodies scene in Beijing, they’ve managed to lock in one of my all-time favorite spots to impress out-of-town guests – the stunning hutong Vietnamese restaurant Susu to host their next event on Sunday, April 26th!
Ready to show off their new Spring-inspired menu, this dinner menu features basically all my favorite Susu dishes from their Shrimp Salad, Salmon Spring Roll, La Vong fish dish and that incredible Lemongrass Tofu that will convert anyone who questions whether or not they like tofu.
With limited seating, I’d recommend booking seats in advance. After the last BJ FOoDiEs dinner at Caravan booked out in just 4 days, this Spring menu by Susu is sure to book out just as quickly!
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: Amy Li, Chả Cá Lã Vọng, clay pots, dessert, hutong gem, Jonathan Ansfield, La Vong Fish, pho, salads, seasonal, Spring Menu, spring rolls, SuSu, Vietnamese cuisine | 2 Comments »
Spring has Sprung at Susu with Gorgeous Menu Specials
One of my all-time favorite go-to spots to impress out-of-town guests is the stunning hutong gem Susu.
I normally make a big effort to take out-of-towners to various provincial Chinese restaurants (in addition to duck of course) but Susu is the exception for several reasons – 1. it’s still tucked away within a renovated old courtyard home which makes this hideaway gem that much more special, 2. most people who have been eating Chinese food for 3-4 days straight are grateful to have something different and Vietnamese food is still Asian (so a step above eating staple Western food) and it’s refreshing flavors and ingredients make this meal that much more appreciated.
Already opened for about 4 years, Susu (name from a Squash) has continued to be praised and beloved by all for their down-to-earth vibe, superb Vietnamese cuisine and surprisingly fantastic cocktails made with homemade bitters and syrups. Owners Jonathan and Amy have been blessed with talented young Vietnamese chefs who are both inventive and masters of mixing rustic and modern for zesty spring rolls and salads, comforting clay pots, simmering pho, and tasty seasonal creations like their new Spring menu I just can’t stop raving about.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Charity, Foodies & Dining Scene, Upcoming Events | Tags: Amy Li, BJ Foodies, Handicap International (HI), Pak Pak Thai Restaurant, Punjabi, SuSu, Thai food, Vietnamese cuisine | No Comments »
Pak Pak Hosts the Final BJ FOoDiEs Charity Dinner of 2013
A sister restaurant of Susu Vietnamese restaurant, which also happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing, Pak Pak is an authentic Thai restaurant based in Wangjing that will be hosting the final BJ FOoDiEs charity dinner of 2013!
I’d normally worry for a restaurant to perform and live up to high expectations with this kind of pressure building up, but after seeing the magnificent 9-dish menu they will be serving up alongside photos of the stunning space, I can’t imagine a better place for the BJ FOoDieS group to treat their die-hard following of foodies for a final 2013 feed!
Although Pak Pak is fundamentally very different from Susu – it’s actually dedicated to an entirely different Southeast Asian cuisine (Thai vs. Vietnamese) and in a completely different part of town (tiny tucked away hutong vs. Wangjing), they still share one essential thing in common – owner Amy Li is behind both establishments which means that authenticity, quality and presentation will be top-notch and worth the effort to get there.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Brick & Wood, Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, Japanese Chefs, Japanese food, Kevin Yang, Qianliang Hutong, Sake Manzo, SuSu | 2 Comments »