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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

From US$90.00
  • 5-hour culinary experience with market tour and cooking class, in Beijing
  • Take walking tour of a local market to pick out fresh ingredients for your cooking class
  • Head to a family home and spend a morning cooking in either the courtyard’s open-air kitchen or modern indoor kitchen
  • Learn how to cook several traditional Sichuan dishes or dim sum snacks from your instructor, an expert local chef
  • Cook dumplings, wontons, noodles or pork buns if dim sum is on your day's menu
  • Make dishes like kung pao chicken, stir-fried beef and sweet and sour pork, or vegetarian dishes if you choose a main course class
  • Enjoy your delicious homemade meal in the ambiance of an ancient courtyard
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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour
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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour
From US$90.00
Uncover the ancient secrets of Chinese cuisine during a 5-hour cooking class in Beijing. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture and purchase fresh ingredients from enticing stalls. Then, under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare local delicacies and delicious dishes inspired by ancient recipes. Cook in the cozy environment of a local home and master the techniques of sweet and sour pork and kung pao chicken. Feast upon the fruits of your labor at the end of the class and enjoy the relaxed ambience of the family home on this enriching experience.
What to Expect
Greet your guide at a central location in Beijing and venture to a nearby food market to immerse yourself in the exotic sights and smells of the area. Browse stalls bursting with fresh produce and gain fascinating insight into the remarkable range of fruits and vegetables from your guide. After purchasing your ingredients (included), weave your way down a hutong (alleyway) to commence your class in a local family’s home. 
On arrival, discover the dishes on the menu and absorb the welcoming ambience of the local home. Depending on the day, prepare dim sum (small steamed dumplings) or hearty main dishes inspired by a variety of Chinese cultures. Vegetarians can choose to prepare an entirely meat-free menu on a selected day of the week. 
Acquire the knowledge of how to use woks and cleavers; see which seasonings create flavorful dishes; and if you’re making dim sum, create dishes like barbecued pork buns, stir-fried noodles and sesame rolls. Those preparing main meals may make steamer ginger fish, sweet and sour pork and stir-fried chili beef. At least one vegetarian dish is prepared each day. 
On completion of your dishes, take a seat at a family table and feast upon the fruits of your labors while chatting to your guide and group. After enjoying your bounteous banquet, depart from the class and explore the city independently if you wish.
Reviews (60)
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile
Delicious and fun

1/2 day class with a late lunch at the end. Market trip was great and well worth arriving early for. Bring small bills or WeChat yuan and you can quickly buy snacks of nuts, fruit, or bread for later-Don’t eat then-save your appetite-it’s worth it!...More

Thank R6221PVlauram
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile
Such a fun and unique experience

Chao was an amazing host and the cooking class was a fun and relaxing way to meet new people and experience the culture. The market visit was very memorable with tons of variety and freshness. Chao made you feel very welcomed and comfortable and there...More

Thank kristenp518
Reviewed 8 August 2018
Great Lunch

This was a wonderful morning. Zhou Chao was most welcoming to the 6 of us and our market tour was very educational. The walk through a hutong area to and from the markets was also interesting. The kitchen was clean, the instructions and demonstrations were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank HWtripper
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile
Market shopping and Cooking fun

We had a great time going to the market, checking out all the fruits, vegetables and meats! It was a just our small group that went shopping then a larger group showed up for the cooking class. Great chef and fun class! Overall highly recommend

1  Thank dolphin_girl76
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Superb cooking class and market tour: The High Point of My Week in Beijing

Chao was the best cooking teacher ! He was informative, paced the class well, and we all were delighted by the market tour and the class. We enjoyed the class so much we are planning to come back to Beijing just to have more cooking...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Christine V
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