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  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration:  2 or 3 hours
During this small-group cooking class in Seoul, gain a unique insight into Korean food culture by learning the secrets to creating the country’s most popular dishes. Whether you consider yourself a novice or an expert in the kitchen, you’ll love this cooking course that is tailored specifically to your skill level. Your culinary adventure takes place in a modern, spacious cooking school located in the heart of Seoul. The best part of this tour – you’ll get to dine on your creations with your fellow food enthusiasts!

Highlights

  • 2-hour beginner cooking class or 3-hour intermediate cooking class in Seoul
  • Learn the secrets to creating several Korean specialties
  • Enjoy a culinary experience in a professional cooking school furnished with modern kitchen tools and equipment
  • Class taught by professional chefs trained both internationally and locally
  • Feast on your finished meal accompanied by white rice and a drink
  • Walk around a local market to discover Seoul's food culture (beginner class only)

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What You Can Expect

Experience Seoul: Korean Beginner or Intermediate Cooking Class

Cooking Class in Seoul

Discover Korea’s wonderful food culture on this special gastronomic adventure, where you will learn how to prepare traditional Korean dishes. To accommodate your culinary proficiency, two levels of classes, each that teach different dishes, are available. If you’re new to cooking or new to Korean food, then the beginner’s cooking class is perfect for you; if you’re confident about your culinary skills and wish to learn more complicated Korean dishes, then the intermediate cooking class is just what you need.

Your expert chefs will begin your cooking class with a few safety instructions before beginning the cooking portion, where you will gain a special insight into the unique flavors and aromas of Korea’s cuisine.

For more detailed information about each cooking class, please take a look at the Itinerary section below. If you would like to see the schedule of classes and a map to school, click on the orange View Additional Info button below. When making a reservation, please ensure that you are booking the correct day and time for your desired dish.

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Itinerary


Beginner cooking class
Four different beginner classes are offered that will each teach you different popular Korean dishes. During your 2-hour cooking class, learn how to make two separate dishes. After learning how to create these specialties, indulge in your freshly made dishes. Then, take a guided walking tour of a local food market to discover Korea's food and market culture and learn how to pick the highest-quality ingredients.

  • Bulgogi (marinated barbecued beef) and kimchi (spicy fermented vegetable dish): Mondays and first Saturdays (lunch) and Thursdays (dinner)
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 will carefully show you how to create the marinade that gives the dish its unique flavor, and will teach you how to grill the meat to make it perfectly tender.

  • Haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) and sundubu jjigae (soft tofu stew): Tuesdays and second Saturdays (lunch)
In this class, discover the tasty secret of how Koreans prepare their seafood. Try to achieve the unique taste and texture of haemul pajeon, a pancake-like dish made from a batter of eggs, flour, green onions and a variety of seafood like oysters, shrimp, squid and clams. Then, re-create the tantalizing flavor of sundubu jjigae, a hot and spicy stew made with tofu, seafood (oysters, clams, mussels and/or shrimp), mushrooms, scallions and other vegetables. If you prefer your dish non-spicy, this can also be arranged.

  • Dakbokkeumtang (spicy chicken barbecue) and japchae (glass-noodle salad): Thursdays and third Saturdays (lunch)
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 colorful glass noodles. Then, discover how to properly use gochujang (red chili paste) to create the perfect flavor for the spicy chicken barbecue dish, dakbokkeumtang.

  • Bibimbap (rice topped with meat and vegetables) and geotjeori (Korean lettuce salad): Wednesdays (lunch)
To start off, learn how to make a fresh lettuce salad, Korean-style. Comprising lettuce, soy sauce, sesame oil and melted syrup, 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 just the right texture and flavor before topping it onto the perfectly steamed rice.

Intermediate Cooking Class
Three different classes are offered, which will each teach you how to make five separate dishes. During this 3-hour course, you will first be given a demonstration on how to make the dishes, after which you will make your own with the aid of your chefs. After finishing all of your dishes, dine on these traditional specialties over rice and seasonal tea.

  • Korean Barbecue: Mondays (dinner) and Fridays (lunch)
In this class, learn how to work with three different types of meat – chicken, pork and beef – to make Korean barbecue dishes well-known all over the world. First, make two starter vegetable dishes like kimchi, pickled radish or braised tofu (depending on the season). Then, it’s off to the main dish! Your chefs will show and teach you how to marinate the meat and create the sauces, like spicy garlic chili paste, from scratch. Then, learn how to grill the marinated meats and braise them with the sauces to give them their savory taste.

  • Banchan (small starter dishes): Tuesdays (dinner)
During this class, you’ll discover the secret to the unique and tasty flavors of small starter dishes. The five small dishes you make will depend on the season but may include kimchi or japchae. Other banchan you may learn include namul (steamed, marinated or stir-fried vegetables seasoned with oil and vinegar), bokkeum (pork, squid, baby octopus or mushrooms stir-fried with gochujang), jorim (tofu or beef simmered in soy sauce), jjim (fish or eggs steamed in a hot pot), and jeon (think pancakes with either scallions, kimchi or potatoes, and pan-fried fish or a pan-fried tofu patty).

  • Vegetarian Temple Cuisine: Wednesdays (dinner)
Prepare a completely vegetarian spread that reflects the cooking methods and lifestyle of Korean Buddhist monks. Begin by making three salads; depending on the season, make kimchi, braised tofu, lotus root or shiitake mushroom salads. Then, create vegan stock from scratch to cook vegetable stew. Finally, learn about the delicate technique to making either kongguksu, wheat noodles served in cold soy milk broth, or yeongyang-dolsotbap, a nourishing dish of steamed rice, ginseng, jujubes and chestnuts, served in a stone pot.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Truly enjoyed the cooking lesson!

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!

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