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Feast your senses on the rich culinary culture of Xi’an during a small-group cooking class in the city. Uncover the secrets of ancient Chines e recipes and prepare local specialties under the guidance of an expert chef. Sauté, steam and stir-fry in order to create delectable dishes made using fresh local produce. At the end of your experience, feast upon the fruits of your labor with your guide and group; pleasure your palate with steamed Chinese dumplings and crisp stir-fried vegetables for an enriching end. 


  • Cooking class with a local Xi'an family
  • Learn a variety of traditional Chinese dishes, from meat-based to vegetarian
  • Spend time with a local family cooking, chatting and learning
  • Small-group ensures a more intimate and personalized experience
  • Friendly English-speaking guide
  • Share this experience with your own family!

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What You Can Expect

Experience Xi’an: Dumpling Making and Family Cooking Class

Learning How to Roll Dumplings

Greet your guide and small group at a central Xi’an location and venture to the home of a local family to begin your epicurean experience. Enjoy to authentic ambience of the home then begin preparing freshly, locally sourced ingredients for typical Chinese dishes. 

Under the guidance of your expert chef, prepare ingredients according to ancient recipes passed down through generations; possible dishes include wheat noodles smothered in a rich sauce made from ground pork; sweet and sour spareribs; aromatic Yangzhou fried rice with barbecue pork; and shredded pork with sweet bean sauce. 

Vegetarians will delight in the vast variety of veggie options; make traditional tofu and sauté crisp Chinese vegetables for an appetizing alternative to meat. Once you’ve finished cooking, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with refreshing local beer. 

Leave the cooking class with recipe cards to help your remember your newfound knowledge and impress friends and family at home. Make your own way back to your Xi’an hotel from the home of your courteous host. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Chef. Helen was very professional and did a good job explaining “how to” cook each dish. She was patient with us and took her time to show us how to make dumplings. The food was delicious experience; highly recommend this tour, very personal and nice.

Nouran A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent experience and kind Mrs Helene who made us feel really at home.....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Delicious food! Hen hai chi. Can't wait to try at home in Australia!!

Trudy S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We have attended many cooking classes in various countries but this class was different as we had the wonderful experience of being in a local home. It was a lots of fun - don't change anything. Thank you & best wishes.

Lulu Belle United States of ... 

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2017

This is a very difficult review for me to write, but because I trust the integrity of Viator, I need to honestly share my experience. My tour guide Kelly was very pleasant and punctual. We walked from a central meeting spot in Xi'an to the Metro and took the subway out past the outer circle of Xi'an. We then took a 5 minute taxi ride to the apartment where the chef Bianca greeted us. I was the only person on the tour that day - and to be fair - it was technically a holiday and there was a truck/car stoppage due to the smog so traffic was relatively light. While I sat in the living room drinking tea, Bianca had already begun food preparation. On several occasions, I asked to join Kelly and Bianca in the kitchen to observe what Bianca was doing and they seemed alittle confused by my request. Shortly, family members and friends came over with additional dishes that were already made. One of the visitors was apparently a professional chef. We sat at the dining table and they produced a bag of pre-made purchased dumpling disks. I was able to observe how to stuff and fold the dumplings but the professional chef kept taking them from me and refolding them. During this time, Bianca was in the kitchen cooking other side dishes. I didn't see the pork filling being made and I didn't see how long the dumplings cooked. We all sat down to eat lunch and I really enjoyed this part of the experience. We were all able to converse through several guests who spoke English. I have taken cooking classes literally all over the world. And, based upon the Viator description and other reviews, I was expecting an experience where I would actually learn to make the dumpling wrappers and filling - and then cook them. As I proceeded to ask Kelly questions along the day, I learned that this was actually Bianca's first time teaching this course and she was a bit uninformed as to what to do. It was very kind and generous that I was treated as a guest in her home, but I left the experience feeling rather unfulfilled. Additionally, it was WAY past more than 2 hours the ending time and in order to get back to my hotel to meet my husband, I opted for a very expensive taxi ride rather than the metro. I offered Kelly to come with me back to center city and I paid for the entire ride. Kelly did follow up and send me the recipes I requested several days later - but the recipe is for actually making the dumpling dough from scratch so I'm still at a loss. Based upon other reviews, I feel this experience could have been so much more in line with my expectations based upon the course summary posted on Viator. So, I think the course is highly dependent upon the day, number of participants and instructor. Again, Kelly, Bianca and her family/friends were very kind and gracious so it pains me to type this review - but it did not meet my expectations to learn to make dumplings and come back to the US to cook for my family and friends. It would not keep me from using Viator in the future, but I will definitely ask more questions.

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