Shanghai: Chinese Cooking Class in a Family Home

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Shanghai: Chinese Cooking Class in a Family Home


Learn to prepare and cook authentic Chinese dishes

Enjoy an intimate cooking lesson in a local Shanghai home

Prepare 2 or 3 dishes under the guidance of friendly cooks

Learn about Chinese food and traditional medicine, and chat about life in Shanghai

Enjoy a gong fu cha tea ceremony


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    Duration: 4 hours

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Learn to cook authentic Chinese recipes in the intimate environment of a local Shanghai home. Visit a wet market to learn how to purchase produce, then prepare 2 or 3 dishes at a local home to learn more about life in Shanghai.


Enjoy a 4-hour cooking class in Shanghai with a difference. You will prepare 2 or 3 authentic Chinese dishes in the kitchen of a local, learning more about life in Shanghai into the bargain.

First, you will visit a fresh produce and wet market to buy vegetables and meat. Discover the basic ingredients of Chinese food and learn how to choose the best ingredients. You can even try and bargain for them in Chinese!

Back at the kitchen, prepare the meal under the guidance of a local teacher. They will explain the basics of Chinese seasoning and cooking methods. Chat about what people the locals typically eat at home, and discover the links between food and traditional Chinese Medicine.

After you have prepared 2 or 3 dishes, which the teacher and assistant will guide you through step-by-step, sit down to savor the fruits of your labor over some Chinese tea. You will be offered a traditional tea ceremony preparation of gong fu cha, with some of the finest Chinese teas.

What's Included:

• Half-day (3 to 4 hour) cooking tour
• Class of no more than 6 persons
• English assistant
• Wet market tour
• All ingredients
• Recipe booklet
• Aprons and all cooking tools - just come with comfortable clothes and a smile!

Good to Know:

• The vendor works with different chefs and cooks, depending on your experience and type of recipes you want to learn

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  • Rating: 5 “Well worth doing just to see the indoor market.”

    Reviewed by Richard from Cobham, United Kingdom on August 28, 2014 Our guide was very sweet, friendly and knowledgeable, and carried an I-pad to show us pictures of the different vegetables in their growing state. The chief was good and demonstrated the dishes in an easy mmanner. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Shanghai as you get to see the indoor market, mixing with the locals and visited a typical town apartment, apart from learning to cook 3 fantastic Chinese dishes.

  • Rating: 5 “Verny nice and good athmosphere, to be recommended.”

    Reviewed by Julius from Shanghai, Germany on August 24, 2014 The staff was really friendly. The process was nicely plannened.
    Friendly and comfortable athmosphere. Good language skills.
    Makes a perfect experience.

  • Rating: 5 “Awesome experience!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hamburg, Germany on June 17, 2014 Very nice girls, which taught me to cook chinese dishes I always wanted be able to do by myself. Time was flying as I had so much fun.

  • Rating: 5 “Great posssibility to get to know the Chinese everyday life!”

    Reviewed by Orsolya from Basel, Switzerland on June 9, 2014 The two girls were so nice and I learn a lot of about the Chinese specialities, fruits, vegetables etc. I loved when they showed us how to make tea. Thank you so much! Even my Chinese friends loved my first Chinese food which I made. :) We have good teachers!

  • Rating: 5 “Really good, we learnt a lot and enjoyed the market and home visit.”

    Reviewed by Vivien from Ashby, Australia on December 1, 2013 The meeting point was clear and easy to find, Cherry met us and we enjoyed her information at the market, she was well informed and spoke English well. Helen taught us the dishes we were interested in. Choosing what we wanted to learn made it extra good as we choose things we wanted to make again at home. Helen is patient and with excellent English was able to teach us techniques that would have been hard to pick up from a book. The food was delicious. A really excellent experience.

  • Rating: 4 “Well planned, very interesting, great food, good instructions.”

    Reviewed by CAROLE from MOUNT MARTHA, Australia on October 26, 2013 We were met on time by Cherry and taken to the wet market. Cherry explained the vegetables we didn't know, and we were able to choose what we wanted to cook. We were then taken to the apartment and had tea, in a traditional way which we enjoyed. Helen then explained the cooking process we would do, and we enjoyed using traditional implements. The apartment was spotlessly clean. The food we cooked was delicious and we had fun. The only small disappointment was I thought we would get souvenir apron to take away with us, but this didn't happen. We were impressed with Helens desire to share the traditional elements of Chinese way of life

  • Rating: 5 “lots of fun!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bielefeld, Germany on October 1, 2013 We booked the cooking class for a Saturday afternoon and had such a great time! First we went to a local market, where the assistant explained a lot of typical chinese things about meat, vegetables etc. Then we went to her flat, had a tea ceremony and then started with the first dish.When we booked the class, we had to choose 3 dishes we wanted to cook, so at first we prepared these (like cutting the vegetables and meat). The cook himself was chinese and not speaking english, but the assistant was. She was also taking pictures, which she has sent to me afterwards. It was one of our highlights during the two weeks we spent in Shanghai!

  • Rating: 4 “Worth doing if you want to learn legit Chinese food”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Jacksonville, United States on July 15, 2013 they were really nice, and the food was great! Save room because you'll be making (and eating) a lot

  • Rating: 5 “Shanghai highlight”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Heresford, United Kingdom on April 1, 2013 My girlfriend and I took this class and it was one of the best things we did in Shanghai. They cater easily for vegetarians like us and give you a relaxed amount of time to enjoy the rewards of your labours afterwards.

  • Rating: 4 “Best food I had in Beijing”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Solna, Sweden on October 13, 2012 Great hands-on cooking experience. I took this course because I've always failed at making Chinese food at home (from scratch - covering some meat with a jar of Mr. Ben's doesn't count). The girls were great and translated well for the chef who unfortunately didn't speak English (though I must say he was an excellent mime). The hand-pulled noodles were probably the most fun thing to make, and without a doubt the most difficult! The food afterwards was the best I ate the whole trip, even if I do say so myself.

  • Rating: 5 “Simply the best!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Wichita, Kansas, United States on August 12, 2012 I love taking cooking classes everywhere I go on holiday if I can. They're rarely bad, but rarely this fun either. Helen and Cherry were wonderful hosts and we got to choose from a selection of dishes to cook in a very authentic style, even making noodles by hand! A real treating for anyone who loves to cook!

  • Rating: 5 “Unvergessliches Kocherlebnis - superlecker, hat viel Spaß gemacht !!!!”

    Reviewed by Titus from Elztal, Germany on April 27, 2014 Sehr interessante Markthalle, lustiger gemeinsamer Einkauf, bei dem wir auf chinesisch (Vokabelliste) unser Essen kauften. Sehr abwechslungsreiche Rezepte - hatte lecker geschmeckt, war unter guter Anleitung leicht herzustellen, gut nachzumachen. Sehr empfehlenswert, ein unvergessliches Erlebnis mit freundlichen, lustigen, chinesischen jungen Leuten. Vielen Dank für diese netten Stunden.

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  • “Verny nice and good athmosphere, to be recommended.”

    “The staff was really friendly. The process was nicely plannened.
    Friendly and comfortable athmosphere. Good language skills.
    Makes a perfect experience.”

    Julius from Shanghai, Germany

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