Hawker Culture Comes Alive in Beijing

Have you seen Crazy Rich Asians? It’s a fantastic trilogy that I highly recommend reading (it’s a page-turner!), the film based on the first book came out last summer and I’m not ashamed to say that I flew down to Hong Kong over October holiday to watch it in the theatre (before I knew it would be playing in mainland)! And one of the best scenes in the film is when the main characters first fly into Singapore and pig out on all the Hawker stands in a gigantic, sprawling food court. With so many of our favorite street snacks slowly disappearing/getting bricked up, you can imagine the food envy I felt as I watched that scene on the big screen. So that’s why I was so excited to see this Hawker culture come to Beijing.

KUP KUP KUP aims to capture this dining concept reminiscent of all the amazing food halls that you’d find all across Southeast Asia and bring it to Beijing. Serving a variety of Southeast Asian street food specialties found in Northern Thailand, Northern Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, the restaurant design is a fun and playful setting with a ceiling full of dangling illumination.

Still in soft opening phase (they’ll be launching their full menu starting January 28th), we had the privilege of playing guinea pigs and taste our way through some of their dishes!

Open Style Concept Reminiscent of Asian Food Halls in Southeast Asia

Soft Opening with Full Menu Launching January 28th!

Paying Tribute to Our Favorite Street Snacks!

Dining Decor

A Dazzling Dining Area

Playful Table Setting

Number 1 Thai Tea: A gorgeous milk tea that can be served hot or cold

Chrysanthemum Magic Seed Drink

Bangkok Margarita Cocktail

Butterfly Peas Lemon Tea (Pre-Lemon is Blue)

Butterfly Peas Lemon Tea (Post-Lemon is Purple!)

Asian Jungle Cocktail

Thai-Style Prawn Crackers

Thai Green Papaya Salad:

Tossed with Toasted Peanuts, Chili & Lime Dressing

Gado Gado:

Blanched Cabbage, Crispy Tofu, Boiled Egg with Peanut Dressing

Hu Mu Tort:

Crispy Thai Marinated Pig Ears and Kale with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Sour Sausage

Sriacha Hot Wings:

Deep-fried, Marinated Chicken Wings & Drumsticks with Spicy Sriacha

Satay Platter: Chicken, Lamb & Beef

Kapitein Duck: Indonesian Mild Curry

Mie Bakso:

Indonesian-Style Noodles Served with Braised Pork Slices, Beef Balls, Marinated Tofu, Fried Wontons, Sambal & Fried Shallots

Larb Muu:

Northern Thai Minced Pork, Lemongrass, Shallots, Chiang Mai Chili with Vegetable Basket & Pork Rinds

Balachan Sambal Broccolini

Durian Cendol

Coconut Ice Cream on Kaya Toast


  • Address: Located in Sanlitun Taikoo Li North, LG, NLG45 (across from Let’s Burger)

  • Chinese Address: 北京市朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯太古里北区LG层NLG45

  • Tel: 010 8440 2101

About Kristen

Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle  blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.

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