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Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a 3.5-hour tour that includes a comprehensive cookery class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious ‘shengjinbao’ (classic pan fried buns), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.

Highlights

  • Chinese dumpling culinary tour and cooking class in Shanghai
  • Taste a variety of dumplings at Shanghai's street-side stalls and family-owned spots
  • Learn to make shengjianbao from scratch under the guidance of an expert chef
  • Sample your own creations before another tasting stop — enough to fill you up for lunch!
  • Venture into the wet market with your guide to see how the locals shop
  • Small-group class with a maximum of 10 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling-Tasting Tour and Cooking Class

Greet your gastronomic guide at a central Shanghai location and commence your walking tour of the former French Concession, a quaint colonial area thronged with enticing food stalls. Watch vendors cook fresh local favorites and begin tasting your way through the city; feast on up to eight samples and savor the unique flavors of jianbing (pancakes); guotie (deep-fried dumplings); jiaozi (northern-style dumplings); qian li xiang (wontons); and Shanghai's renowned xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings).

Listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the cultural significance of food in Shanghai and admire the scenery as you stroll to the venue of your cookery class. Greet your profession chef and observe a demonstration on how to make shengjianbao, another Shanghai specialty that comes in the form of pan-fried buns stuffed with rich minced pork. 

Under the guidance of your chef, prepare your buns and cook them to perfection before sinking your teeth into the delicious delicacy. Sip complimentary soft drinks and iced water to cleanse your palate and then head into Shanghai’s bustling central market to see an visual banquet of exotic produce; marvel at stalls selling live fish, fresh fruit and soft noodles. 

After your visit, stop off for a final tantalizing taste and then make your own way back to your accommodation with the help of your guide.


Customer Reviews

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Can't wait to cook dumplings in Melbourne Australia fir my friends. Learnt heaps and tour set me up well for the following week in Shanghai.

Kia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Worth every penny! Jamie, our guide, took us around to eat real Chinese food and also taught us how to eat it properly! We heard a little history about the food we were eating. And the cooking class was excellent! Would highly recommend.

Wcklake

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour was wonderful. Love the combination of trying the best dumplings of the area, hearing history of the area , going to a market and then making our own dumplings. Everyone on the tour was friendly and our guide was fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour.

Victor A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

See my review on Trip Adviser. Alice could not have been better and each stop was more interesting than the last. The wet market is not to be missed. I'd do this tour again just for the heck of it and can wait to try others in the Untour play book.

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maryanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fantastic! Great day of dumpling tasting on the streets, then fun with Chef Michael learning to make the delicious fare. Guides were GREAT

Peter v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A very different and fascinating tour with expert guides who were very knowledgeable about Shnaghai in general as well as the focus of the tour - dumpling tasting and cooking. The tour incuds visits to 5 different dumpling shops as well as a cooking class with a master dumpling chef - a difficult art to learn quickly but amazin to wiach how its done by an expert. There was also a visit to a wet market to see the variety of local produce available. The handouts, including receipes, are also very useful. Would certainly recommend this tour to foodies.

Leiza L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Loved this tour. Tried food from street stalls I would not have even thought of trying on my own. The explanations of what I was eating was excellent. The tour guide was excellent and went out of his way to accommodate our questions and requests. The cooking class was outstanding. I can now make dumplings!

Sara P

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Tons of fun, wonderful guide and a good way to see the French Concession. Go with an empty stomach!

Bev United States of ... 

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2015

A family with 3 children 8 yrs. and younger were with us on this tour.....for the remaining three female adults, it was very annoying. Suggest families have their own separate tour and keep the adults on a different tour time. The children were always interrupting and thus the adults could not enjoy the tour as much as we should have. Also there is a lot of walking, this should be indicated in the tour info. I had no problem doing the walk, just kept getting tripped by the children.

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