Author Archives: Yen Wang

Huguosi Xiaochi

Huguosi Xiaochi is one of the most famous snack chains in Beijing. Founded in 1956 by the Chinese government, the restaurant has been operating for more than 50 years. But its real origins date back to ancient China. The tradition of Huguosi Xiaochi started...


Finding Tradition in Beijing Snacks

Spring Festival makes Chinese people nostalgic. It is the time of the year that everyone starts to talk about tradition and makes an honest attempt to rediscover what is quintessentially Chinese. But after eating dumplings, lighting fireworks and visiting temple fairs, exploring traditional snacks...


Love and Freedom at Jianghu

Love and freedom are common themes in art, from literature to movies and music. This Friday, Liu Donghong and his band Shazi will perform under this theme at Jianghu. Formed in 1996 by Liu Donghong, Shazi is one of the most artsy and literary...


Shadow of HIV Falls on Chinese Campuses

“I was calm when I found out I was infected with HIV virus. Although, I never imagined it happening, I was calm and only cried once,” said Lin Hui (pseudonym), a 20-year-old student in Nanjing. Lin was diagnosed with HIV in 2014, a few...


Learn to Make Kimchi

Korea’s popular kimchi is easy to ferment in your own home. You can follow this simple recipe to get great-tasting kimchi without having to make a special trip to one of Beijing’s South Korean restaurants. Ingredients 500g napa cabbage 1 apple 1 pear 150g...


Endless Goodbye at MAO Live

Rumors that MAO is moving out of its Gulou home have been spreading since December. Months after the rumor, MAO is still hosting performances and tales of relocation have become a running gag for the staff. But Last Saturday, the owner of MAO Live...


Learn to Make Geda Soup

Geda soup is very common in northern China. Gedas are dumpling knots, which people usually eat during the cold winter. This simple recipe will help you make the soup on your own. Ingredients 250g tomatoes 2 eggs 650ml stock (chicken or vegetable) 1 tbsp...


Enjoy Fabulous Beijing at DDC

Fabulous Beijing is the name of a series of gigs featuring mainly international bands based in Beijing. The first show will take place at DDC this Friday. Featuring Image Above All, Macondo, Soul Pollution and Li Yan and his band, the show will sample...


Learn to Make Cauliflower with Tomato Sauce

This recipe will help you make cauliflower with tomato sauce at home. The Ingredients 400g cauliflower 40g tomato sauce 10g garlic 10g ginger 10g sugar 5g corn starch 2g salt The Steps Clean the cauliflower, and tear it into small pieces Boil the cauliflower,...


Learn to Make Braised Prawns

Spring Festival is when Chinese families come together to reunite and share delicious food. Prawns were pricy commodities in ancient times, and were considered a luxurious food reserved for the holidays. Today, prawns are more affordable, and people can have them at any time....