Beijing, China
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Uncover the ancient secrets of Chinese cuisine during a 5-hour cooking class in Beijing. Immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of a local market to gain insight into the region’s rich culinary culture and purchase fresh ingredients from enticing stalls. Then, under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare local delicacies and delicious dishes inspired by ancient recipes. Cook in the cozy environment of a local home and master the techniques of sweet and sour pork and kung pao chicken. Feast upon the fruits of your labor at the end of the class and enjoy the relaxed ambience of the family home on this enriching experience.
  • 5-hour culinary experience with market tour and cooking class, in Beijing
  • Take walking tour of a local market to pick out fresh ingredients for your cooking class
  • Head to a family home and spend a morning cooking in either the courtyard’s open-air kitchen or modern indoor kitchen
  • Learn how to cook several traditional Sichuan dishes or dim sum snacks from your instructor, an expert local chef
  • Cook dumplings, wontons, noodles or pork buns if dim sum is on your day's menu
  • Make dishes like kung pao chicken, stir-fried beef and sweet and sour pork, or vegetarian dishes if you choose a main course class
  • Enjoy your delicious homemade meal in the ambiance of an ancient courtyard
Greet your guide at a central location in Beijing and venture to a nearby food market to immerse yourself in the exotic sights and smells of the area. Browse stalls bursting with fresh produce and gain fascinating insight into the remarkable range of fruits and vegetables from your guide. After purchasing your ingredients (included), weave your way down a hutong (alleyway) to commence your class in a local family’s home. 
On arrival, discover the dishes on the menu and absorb the welcoming ambience of the local home. Depending on the day, prepare dim sum (small steamed dumplings) or hearty main dishes inspired by a variety of Chinese cultures. Vegetarians can choose to prepare an entirely meat-free menu on a selected day of the week. 
Acquire the knowledge of how to use woks and cleavers; see which seasonings create flavorful dishes; and if you’re making dim sum, create dishes like barbecued pork buns, stir-fried noodles and sesame rolls. Those preparing main meals may make steamer ginger fish, sweet and sour pork and stir-fried chili beef. At least one vegetarian dish is prepared each day. 
On completion of your dishes, take a seat at a family table and feast upon the fruits of your labors while chatting to your guide and group. After enjoying your bounteous banquet, depart from the class and explore the city independently if you wish.

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, Mar 2018

I enjoyed my half day cooking lesson booked through aviator. Our chef was organized and lead us through the preparation of 4 dishes as well as guiding through the market explaining about the local ingredients.

, Jan 2018

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.

, Dec 2017

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!

, 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.

, Oct 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.

, 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.

, 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

, Oct 2017

Amazing! Catered well for my veganism, explained everything. Meals were tasty. Thanks, Chao!

, Oct 2017

Excellent. Loved it. Guide (Chau) was brilliant. Food was great. Learnt a lot about sauces and marinades.

, 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.


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