|The class setup|
Another company I had the pleasure to discover and work with in Beijing was Hias Gourmet.
I took one of their dumpling classes.
In order to respect my classmate's privacy (as well as mine ;-) ) all faces have been blurred / pixelised
|All studious - A new way of mashing fish|
They also offer food-tours : Breakfast Farmers Market, Hutong Eats, Beijing Night Market and a Tea Tasting Safari.
All tours and classes can be custom made.
Hias also hosts a series of corporate events and team-building.
And finally, they have many connections with local caterers and restaurant. If you need to feed a group, Hias will be the perfect interlocutor to get you a deal and make sure your event runs smoothly
|Chef showing how to scrape the fish to turn into smooth |
and fine mash
About your experience with Hias :
The main goal of Hias to his customer is to share Chinese culture through food.
Sharing and preserving the culinary heritage is to preserve the cultural heritage of China.
Their excursion, walks, visits and talks are not only about food but about showing China's sights and culture … as well as sharing some fab food ;-)
|Having difficulties using Asian cleaver.|
I gave up and reverted to tried and trusted technique ;-)
Now to my favourite point about Hias :
Hias is an ethical and sustainable business.
Their resources go towards research projects on Asian culinary heritage and contributes towards social causes : education, empowerment, public health and the environment.
And as far as food ethics are concerned : Hias only works with small business who adhere to the rules of Slow Food or traditional farming !!!
|Preparing the dough for the dumplings|
Economic sustainability with Hias :
Hias is there to re-enforce the link between tourism and small local business.
However, HIAS does not support commission tourist restaurants and store.
The reason Hias receives a discount is by promoting the word-of-mouth advertising. The discount is passed on to the customer.
|My first dumplings|
Social sustainability :
For the customer : Allow visitors to see behind the shop's front and establish an understanding of the destination through food
For the business : allow small local businesses to realise their uniqueness and foster a sense of place, history and culture
|The batch of dumplings is being taken away |
by Chef to be cooked
Environmental sustainability :
All food is selected on seasonability and locally produced.
Where can you contact Hias for your next trip ?
Website : http://www.hiasgourmet.com/index.htm
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/hiasgourmetchina
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org