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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

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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class with Market Tour

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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Customer Reviews

Bettina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

So much fun! The market had an amazing selection of fresh produce...everything Westerners know including Rainier cherries and kohlrabi and many things not usually seen here every seen a black chicken?. Very educational and colorful. We made dumplings apparently their website posts their schedule, however, Viator does not provide access to it which turned out to be a very intricate and challenging undertaking...who knew there was so much detail in how you crimp the dough? Will never take another dumpling for granted! Fun way to round out a visit to Beijing once you're exhausted from all the historic grandeur...

Ann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I thouroughly enjoyed this experience. The trip to the market was great. Our teacher showed us all the different types of foods and explained to us how they were used in cooking etc. He taught us how to make three different types of noodle dishes. He was patient and friendly throughout. I learned so much and would do it again in a heartbeat

Kristen United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful experience. The market visit was great and a lot of fun. Enjoyed cooking all the dishes and hanging out afterwards.

Korey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Had a wonderful time learning the in and outs of the market, then heading back to create our own dumplings. We made everything from the dough, to the filling, to the sauce - and cooked them! Neat little apartment we were in - great cooking experience! Thank you!!

jennifer m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was one of the best things we did in Beijing! Highly recommend! The chef was a terrific teacher. We loved going to the market with him and seeing all the amazing foods there. The menu we prepared was absolutely delicious! Loved using the Chinese cleaver and the wok. The food he had us prepare was so good. We loved being in a hutong. This was the first morning after flying in and it was the perfect introduction to Beijing and to China!

Ann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great tour. We made chinese dumplings. We prepared 3 different fillings vegetarian, pork and beef and we prepared them 3 ways steamed, boiled and fried.. It started with a visit to the local market to purchase ingredients for the cooking class. Then we returned to the instructors house to prepare the dumplings. The class was fun, informative and the results were delicious.

Susan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This class was a lot to f fun! The trip to the market was great because the chef took the time to walk through pointing out all the different items, their taste, origins, etc. the food was amazing and was fun to learn the techniques. Would definitely take more classes here if I had the opportunity!! Thank you for a great experience!!

Jamie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

My teenage daughters, husband and I all cooked at this class and had a fantastic time. The market tour was very interesting too. I have to eat gluten free and they were very accommodating, substituting ingredients so I could have all the recipes. Everything was tasty and we had a relaxing time. I bought a handmade knife for my kitchen at home. Our only challenge was getting there during rush hour. Metro was our best bet.

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved this tour!! The market was so interesting to see, our guide was personable and knowledgeable, and the dumplings we made were amazing! We were so glad we took this class.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

After a very long flight from Chicago, we arrived in Beijing and got to our hotel pretty late at night. We woke quickly the next morning thanks to jet lag and excitement to take the Market Tour and Dumpling cooking class. It was the perfect first day for our 5 day trip to Beijing. The market tour was my wife, our chef, and myself and we had a great time venturing through the seasonal vegetables, noodle counters, and protein areas fish area, pork, beef, etc.. After we returned we prepared for the cooking portion and were joined by three women from Norway. The chef was personable, patient, funny, and make the entire experience something that I'd do again anytime I am in Beijing. Thanks again!

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