Learn the culinary secrets to Korean cuisine at a morning or afternoon cooking class for beginners. Choose from a diverse menu of popular dishes that you’ll prepare under the guidance of professional chefs at a cooking school located in the heart of Seoul. Depending on the day selected, start or end with a walking tour through a local food market (dessert class excepted). At the end of your session, enjoy your creations for lunch, dinner or dessert.

Highlights

  • 2-hour beginner cooking class in Seoul
  • Learn how to make several Korean specialties
  • Enjoy a culinary experience in a professional cooking school furnished with modern kitchen tools and equipment
  • Study with professional chefs, trained both internationally and in Korea
  • Savor the delicious meal at the end of class
  • Take a guided tour around a local market to experience Seoul's food culture up close

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

In addition to your class, you get the scoop on how to pick out the freshest seasonal ingredients during a guided tour of a food market. You'll learn the essentials of a well-stocked Korean kitchen and how to select the best vegetables, fish, meats and seasonings.

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What You Can Expect

Experience Seoul: Korean Beginner Cooking Class

Cooking Class in Seoul

Let professional chefs introduce you to the wonderful world of Korean cuisine! Make your way to the modern cooking school in the Nagwon-dong neighborhood near Anguk station, and prepare to make two or three dishes for lunch, dinner or dessert during your 2-hour session, designed especially for beginners.

Depending on the day and time of your lesson, you’ll walk to a local market either before or after your cooking class; here, discover Korea's food culture and learn tips from your certified guide about how to choose the best ingredients.

Each beginning workshop provides a primer on the flavors of Korea’s diverse cuisine. Receive a few safety instructions before delving into the cooking portion of the lesson. After learning how to create a few specialties, sit down to a meal that features your dishes, accompanied by rice and one beverage. For a more detailed description of each cooking session, please consult the Itinerary section.

When making a reservation, please ensure that you are booking the correct day and time for your desired class and dish. To see the schedule of classes and a map to the cooking school, click on the ‘View Additional Info’ link below.

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Itinerary

Cooking class schedule and menu:

Mondays (lunch) and Tuesday (dinner): haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) and sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew)
In this class, discover the tasty secret of how Koreans prepare seafood. Try to achieve the taste and texture of haemul pajeon, a pancake-like dish made from a batter, flour, green onions and a variety of seafood. Then, recreate the tantalizing flavor of sundubu jjigae, a hot and spicy stew made with tofu, seafood (oysters, clams, mussels and/or shrimp), scallions and other vegetables. If you prefer non-spicy dishes, simply let your teacher know.

Tuesdays (lunch) and Thursday (dinner): bulgogi (marinated barbecued beef) and kimchi (spicy fermented vegetable dish)
Learn about the fermentation process that gives kimchi its zesty taste before making either cucumber kimchi or napa cabbage kimchi (vegetable varies depending on the season). Then, it’s on to the main dish: bulgogi. Your chefs carefully show you how to create the marinade that gives the dish its flavor, and teach you how to cook the meat to make it perfectly tender.

Wednesdays (lunch): bibimbap (rice topped with meat and vegetables) and Korean lettuce salad
Start by learning how to make a fresh lettuce salad, Korean-style. Composed of lettuce, bean paste, sesame oil and yozu marmalade, this dish is delicious and simple. Then, make one of the most famous Korean dishes worldwide: bibimbap. Learn how to sauté the vegetables and beef to achieve just the right texture and flavor before arranging it on perfectly steamed rice.

Thursdays (lunch) and Fridays (lunch): dakbokkeumtang (spicy chicken stew) and japchae (glass-noodle salad)
Two of the most requested dishes for cooking classes are dakbokkeumtang and japchae. Try your hand in making japchae, a salad dish that mixes a variety of vegetables with glass noodles. Then, discover how to properly use gochujang (red chili paste) to create the perfect flavor for the spicy chicken barbecue dish, dakbokkeumtang.

Customer Reviews

Sarah F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The staff were very kind and helpful. The food was delicious too!

Jessica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Loved this class! Everyone was very nice, everything was all set up, it was easy to follow, and fun to cook! The menu was great and would definitely do it again.

Sandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

the class was so much fun. my family and i really enjoyed it.

Jeff United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I truly recommend this cooking class. I am a solo traveler who enjoys lots and lots of food lol. So not only was I able to learn how to make kimchi, I was also able to meet some good people. The class I took was a beginner class for kimchi and bulgogi. The bulgogi recipe they have is very easy and very good. I'm not a kimchi expert, but I've had a lot of kimchi from different places, but never attempted to make it at home. They made it so simple to make kimchi so now I can confidently make it home. The market tour was a little lacking though I thought. But that could just be because I visited bigger traditional markets prior to the class. All in all we had a great instructor/chef that day so I had a very enjoyable time.

Trixie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Out instructor Yibben taught us a great deal about Korean cooking. I recommend a cooking class to anyone who visits Seoul.

Shantine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Truly enjoyed the cooking lesson!

Dace L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I liked very much.
Everything was shown and explained and at the same time I got to do everything by myself and I loved it!
I ate what I cooked and also a very tasty kimchi pancake made by the chef:)
Thank you!

Lindsay L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This was a fantastic class; the instructions were clear and straight-forward, and the dishes were delicious!

Raquel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Was able to make delicious kimchi in a very comfortable setting. I am looking forward to taking more classes in the near future!

Ann USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This class was so much fun. My husband and I look for cooking classes when we travel. Each participant had their own cooking station and there were several ladies available to assist. The instructor was excellent, sharing stories of favorite foods (Kimchi) and health benefits. She explained the ingrediants and walked us through the steps for each dish before we each made our own. Once done we sat and enjoyed our creations. We were then taken to a traditional market to get a feel for the "old time" market environment.

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