Learn how to make authentic Chinese food during this Beijing cooking class, taught by an expert chef. Take a walking tour through a market to learn about the area's food culture and pick out fresh ingredients. Then, head to a local family's home to discover the basics of Chinese cuisine. Either learn how to make several meat and vegetable dishes like kung pao chicken, stir-fried beef, and sweet and sour pork; or learn the ancient culinary art of dim sum. At the end, sit down to enjoy your homemade creation!
Meet your guide at Deng Cao Hutong in the morning and head to a nearby food market for a 1.5-hour walking tour. Browse fresh produce and listen as your guide, a professional cooking instructor, explains the different kinds of vegetables, spices and sauces. Gather up and purchase your fresh ingredients (included) and make your way down a hutong (alleyway) to a local family's home to begin your class.
Depending on the day, your instructor teaches you to make dim sum — small savory snacks that contain a variety of fillings; or you learn to make main dishes, ranging from Sichuan-inspired to Cantonese and others. One day per week your chef prepares a vegetarian menu, which will be advised when you make your booking. Have the option to switch to another day if you wish.
Discover kitchen skills, like how to use woks and cleavers, and learn how to make delicious flavorful dishes. When cooking dim sum, you'll make two tasty selections, which may include soup dumplings, wontons, egg tarts, barbequed pork buns, sweet sesame rolls, dandan noodles or stir-fried noodles.
In the class on main-course options, your instructor will demonstrate how to make four meat or vegetable dishes, and you'll practice making three of the selections. The inspiration for the flavors range from Sichuan-inspired to Cantonese and other regional cuisines.
Meals that you make may include kung pao chicken, steamed fish with ginger, stir-fried beef and peppers, spicy chicken salad and sweet and sour pork. At least one vegetarian dish is prepared each day.
When you're finished cooking, relax in the 150-year-old Qing dynasty-era courtyard and enjoy the meal you've created!
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