Our Story

Black Sesame Kitchen developed out of founder Jen Lin-Liu’s passion for Chinese food. A Chinese-American writer, Jen is the author of two memoirs, Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China, and On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta.

After working as a foreign journalist in China for several years, Jen enrolled in a cooking school in Beijing, became a nationally certified Chinese chef, and interned in several Chinese restaurants. Her cooking experiences are told in lively, narrative fashion in her first book, Serve the People. After the book was published, she found a space in a courtyard residence on Black Sesame Hutong in central Beijing in 2008 and renovated it into an open kitchen and dining room where she invited friends to cook, wine, dine, and socialize.

Since then, Black Sesame Kitchen has received numerous awards and honors, including being mentioned in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and being named one of Asia’s Top Restaurants by the Miele Guide.

In June 2015 Black Sesame Kitchen moved to an elegant courtyard tucked away on Zhonglao Hutong, a short walk from the Forbidden City. One of Jen’s original cooking masters and a character in both of her books, Zhang Aifeng, continues to lead the team as Black Sesame Kitchen’s executive chef, along with dining manager Coco Yue.

Getting Here

BLACK SESAME KITCHEN

28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District

Reservations required for all visits

BY TAXI/CAR

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You should arrive at the intersection of Sha Tan Bei Jie 沙滩北街 and turn left (west) onto Zhong Lao Hutong 中老胡同, just between ICBC Bank and the Redwall Hotel (红墙酒店). Proceed down the alley westward for 200 meters and on your left, you will see our courtyard, 28 Zhong Lao Hutong (中老胡同28号).

乘车沿五四街到沙滩路西的沙滩北巷胡同内,中老胡同位于胡同左边(胡同西侧) 工商银行和红墙酒店之间,沿中老胡同直走28号院在左侧。

PARKING

Zhonglao Hutong is a very narrow street, therefore we don’t recommend entering by car. The most convenient way to park close to our courtyard is at the parking lot of the “Hua Yu” Hotel (华育宾馆) on Shatan Houjie (沙滩后街). The cost for one hour parking at the hotel is 8RMB. Link to google map: Hua Yu Hotel Parking

BY SUBWAY

Take the subway to Dongsi station, exit E. Walk west for 1km two sets of traffic lights. Turn right (north) at Sha Tan Bei Jie (沙滩北街). Walk just a few meters north into, and turn left (west) onto Zhong Lao Hutong 中 胡同 is just between ICBC Bank and

the Redwall Hotel (红墙酒店). Proceed down the alley westward for 200 meters and on your left, you will see our courtyard, 28 Zhong Lao Hutong (中老胡同28号院).

BY BUS

(1) Take bus 111, 124 or 210 and get off at JingShan East Gate Station (景山东门站). Walk 50m north and turn right into Shatan Houjie (沙滩后街). Follow the Shatan Houjie and turn right at the first alley is XiLao Hutong (西老胡同). Walk to the top of Xi Lao Hutong and turn left, walk anther 10 meters, you will see our courtyard on your right 28 Zhong Lao Hutong (中老胡同28号).

(2) Take bus 101, 103, 109, 111, 609 or 685 and get off at Shatan Lukou West (沙滩路口西站). Follow the road westwards and turn right at the first road into Shatan Beijie (沙滩北街). Walk just a few meters north into, and turn left (west) onto Zhong Lao Hutong 中老胡同 is just between ICBC Bank and the Redwall Hotel (红墙酒店). Proceed down the alley westward for 200 meters and on your left, you will see our courtyard, 28 Zhong Lao Hutong (中老胡同28号院).

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