Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour
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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!
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In Brief

Location:
Beijing, China
Country:
China
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
See availability
Highlights:
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
All necessary equipment included
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Small group ensures personal service
Several menus to choose from
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Hutong cuisine Cooking School (Beijing Cooking School), A unit No. 35 Dengcao Hutong, Beijing China

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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Duration: 5 hours

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Inclusions

  • Cooking class
  • Market tour
  • All equipment and ingredients
  • Lunch with tea and water
  • Professional English-speaking teacher

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Departure Point

35 Deng Cao Hutong,Dong Si South StreetDongcheng District, Beijing

Returns To

No. 35 Dengcao Hutong, Dongsi South StreetDongcheng District, Beijing

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Menu is set and varies daily; at least one vegetarian dish is included in each set menu
  • Menu will feature an all-vegetarian class as well as a dim sum class once a week. Please confirm with local operator if you would like to reschedule to participate in those classes. Likewise, please reschedule with operator if you would like to participate in a non-vegetarian class
  • Closed-toe walking shoes are recommended for market tour
  • Minimum age is 15 years

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Of all the tours and activities I did with my last trip to China, this was the most fun. The kitchen was pretty hot it was August but the experience was very educational and the food we made was delicious. The market tour was definitely something I would not have seen without this tour experience to guide me. The chef was lovely, very experienced in cooking and spoke great English. I have been craving shumai as good as we made since returning home.
• Submitted 14 Jan 2018
I loved this so much! The fact that I chose this tour during American Thanksgiving while I was alone meant so much more because I was able to spend it with some wonderful people, the friendly and knowledgeable Chef Chao, and the cute doggos he was watching for his neighbors. That morning, we cooked sichuan style food and it was DELICIOUS. I definitely want to stop by again for the Chef's table dinner if/when I come back to Beijing. I would also love to take the dumpling-making class!
• Submitted 27 Dec 2017
This tour was excellent and met all of our expectations. Chef Chao was very pleasant and explained things well. Really enjoyed the trip to the market and Chao pointed out many different items in the market with detailed explanations. It was also interesting to walk through the hutong on our way to and from the market. We were shown how to prepare four dishes using a knife, cutting board and wok and everything turned out well and we enjoyed a delicious lunch of Beijing style cuisine. My husband and I were so pleased that we took this tour and we thought it was well worth the price.
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
This class was amazing! My spouse and I try to take a cooking class in every country we visit and this one did not disappoint. The chef and staff were very friendly, accommodating and informative. The market tour was fun and the food was delicious. We were also given recipes to take home that we use all the time to make quick and authentic Chinese meals. FYI- There is no outside sign alerting you that you have arrived at the cooking school pay close attention to the numbered addresses. This class comes highly recommended and I would take it again when in Beijing.
• Submitted 27 Oct 2017
Very nice time with Chef Chao. The market tour was interesting, so many things he identified for me. We cooked fabulous dishes that I will be trying at home. He's obviously an expert in his field and a very good teacher.
• Submitted 18 Oct 2017
On this day I was the only person cooking so it was a nice one on one experience. My host was very experienced and happy to answer a lot of questions. The market trip was an eye opener and I gained so much information on local cooking techniques. The home style cooking location was excellent and I am sure anyone who elects to do this tour will be very happy with the experience
• Submitted 06 Oct 2017
Amazing! Catered well for my veganism, explained everything. Meals were tasty. Thanks, Chao!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
Well first off I turned out to be the only student so it was a one on one cooking class. We made way too much food for just little old me. However I strongly recommend the cooking class. Making Dumplings was a lot more trouble than I ever realized. Instructor and his helper were great was really the highlight of my Beijing experience. Only thing I would recommend have the instructor help you hail a cab that neighborhood was a nightmare find a cab back to my hotel. Jason
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
This was one of our favourite experiences in Beijing. Chao the chef was really friendly and speaks excellent English. He took us on a market tour, showing us various foods and letting us try things. We then learnt how to make dumplings. Chao demonstrated the technique and then we made our own. He taught us knife skills and how to make the dumpling, fillings and cookings. He provided all recipes and techniques on pieces of paper for us to take home. After a busy morning cooking we were then able to eat all our dumplings which are delicious. It was really fun to also experience going inside a Hutong home. Overall I really recommend this experience.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
This was one of our favourite experiences in Beijing. Chao the chef was really friendly and speaks excellent English. He took us on a market tour, showing us various foods and letting us try things. We then learnt how to make dumplings. Chao demonstrated the technique and then we made our own. He taught us knife skills and how to make the dumpling, fillings and cookings. He provided all recipes and techniques on pieces of paper for us to take home. After a busy morning cooking we were then able to eat all our dumplings which are delicious. It was really fun to also experience going inside a Hutong home. Overall I really recommend this experience.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
This was one of our favourite experiences in Beijing. Chao the chef was really friendly and speaks excellent English. He took us on a market tour, showing us various foods and letting us try things. We then learnt how to make dumplings. Chao demonstrated the technique and then we made our own. He taught us knife skills and how to make the dumpling, fillings and cookings. He provided all recipes and techniques on pieces of paper for us to take home. After a busy morning cooking we were then able to eat all our dumplings which are delicious. It was really fun to also experience going inside a Hutong home. Overall I really recommend this experience.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
I learnt a lot about chinese cooking. The chef was informative and helpful. Really interesting venue with a visit to the local market and a great cooking facility. Would highly recommend for a different and more local experience.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2017
This cooking class was a great introduction to Chinese Cooking. We made several dishes, met some more advanced students, and thoroughly enjoyed eating everything we made. I highly recommend the class.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2017
It was one of our favourite experiences in Beijing. We always try and get a cooking class in every travel destination and this one lived up to the expectations. The chef was fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable. We went in the morning and it was only two of us so we started by going through different types of sauces and spices. Then a walk to the local market through the alleys. The local market was an explosion of colours and flavours and our chef was very patient and explained all the interesting produce, spices n meat we saw around. After a short walk back, we started with the prep and cooking in the chef's kitchen which is in this really old building with a lot of character. One more person joined us for the cooking session and then we all ate the meal we cooked. All in all, a great experience and would definitely recommend it.
• Submitted 28 Jun 2017
Chow's cooking class was one of the highlights of our trip to China. I learned to cook a number of authentic Chinese dishes and get a feel for a real Chinese food market. What I especially appreciated about the lesson was that I took home a real appreciation for the food we're all sort of familiar with. I highly recommend this class!
• Submitted 05 Jun 2017
Amazing day at the market and cooking in a private home. We made three kinds of dumplings from scratch. It was a wonderful way to meet new people and learn about local cuisine. The market, where we shopped for our ingredients was a short walk from the school. The experience was amazing - the vegetables are gigantic and so fresh. The Chef was just that - a chef. He even taught us good knife skills. Well it was not really a knife - it was a large cleaver. This is highly recommended for all -- if you bring children, please ensure that they are well behaved and do not detract from the experience of the other guests.
• Submitted 24 Mar 2017
So much fun! The market had an amazing selection of fresh produce...everything Westerners know including Rainier cherries and kohlrabi and many things not usually seen here every seen a black chicken?. Very educational and colorful. We made dumplings apparently their website posts their schedule, however, Viator does not provide access to it which turned out to be a very intricate and challenging undertaking...who knew there was so much detail in how you crimp the dough? Will never take another dumpling for granted! Fun way to round out a visit to Beijing once you're exhausted from all the historic grandeur...
• Submitted 07 Jan 2017
I thouroughly enjoyed this experience. The trip to the market was great. Our teacher showed us all the different types of foods and explained to us how they were used in cooking etc. He taught us how to make three different types of noodle dishes. He was patient and friendly throughout. I learned so much and would do it again in a heartbeat
• Submitted 17 Nov 2016
Wonderful experience. The market visit was great and a lot of fun. Enjoyed cooking all the dishes and hanging out afterwards.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2016
Had a wonderful time learning the in and outs of the market, then heading back to create our own dumplings. We made everything from the dough, to the filling, to the sauce - and cooked them! Neat little apartment we were in - great cooking experience! Thank you!!
• Submitted 17 Aug 2016
This was one of the best things we did in Beijing! Highly recommend! The chef was a terrific teacher. We loved going to the market with him and seeing all the amazing foods there. The menu we prepared was absolutely delicious! Loved using the Chinese cleaver and the wok. The food he had us prepare was so good. We loved being in a hutong. This was the first morning after flying in and it was the perfect introduction to Beijing and to China!
• Submitted 18 Jun 2016
This was a great tour. We made chinese dumplings. We prepared 3 different fillings vegetarian, pork and beef and we prepared them 3 ways steamed, boiled and fried.. It started with a visit to the local market to purchase ingredients for the cooking class. Then we returned to the instructors house to prepare the dumplings. The class was fun, informative and the results were delicious.
• Submitted 07 May 2016
This class was a lot to f fun! The trip to the market was great because the chef took the time to walk through pointing out all the different items, their taste, origins, etc. the food was amazing and was fun to learn the techniques. Would definitely take more classes here if I had the opportunity!! Thank you for a great experience!!
• Submitted 03 May 2016
We loved this tour!! The market was so interesting to see, our guide was personable and knowledgeable, and the dumplings we made were amazing! We were so glad we took this class.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2016

In Brief

Location:
Beijing, China
Country:
China
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
See availability
Highlights:
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
All necessary equipment included
Get inside tips from a local
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Small group ensures personal service
Several menus to choose from