下厨 = cook
房 = room
下厨房 = cook room aka The Kitchen, and that’s literally what the app is called in English.
After the splash screen comes the interface proper, and being Chinese text based, the content is quite compact.
The app allows you to connect to xiachufang.com’s network by logging via various accounts, sorry no Facebook or Twitter and such, it’s China based so login options are based on the social networks from China.
Now back to the app itself, it comes with many interesting features like “Weekly favorites”, showing you the name and description of the dish, the ratings, how many people tried it and the name of the contributor.
Clicking on the recipe will lead you to more details, like how many tried it in the past 7 days, and of course a more detailed description of the dish.
As with all other such apps, 下厨房’s recipes will also list the ingredients used.
And of course a recipe is incomplete without instructions, what I like is that the instructions comes with pictures.
The app introduces you to even more recipes with their “Trending Recipe” list.
If you take a look at the 2nd image, you’ll see there are 4 text under the search input box. It doesn’t say what it does but from what I see, those are keywords that are clickable. Once you click on it, it’ll list the recipes that are tagged as such. (I clicked on “pork rib”)
Towards the bottom of the app there’s another option of which you are able to browse the recipes by category.
I clicked on the icon on the upper right for meat stuff and the page that loads shows a list of meat, majority of the meat are pork related it seems.
I clicked on the “pork” title and it shows a list of pork related dishes.
I think this is a great app, though it’s only usable by those who read Chinese text. I’m happy to see that it uses simplified Chinese text so it makes it easier on the younger generation.
The app is polished and doesn’t come with annoying ads, it’s free too and doesn’t seem to be limiting your recipe browsing.