Speaking of Chinese food, you may think of Kung Pao Chicken, dumpling, Ma Po Bean Curd, Peking Duck, etc. Actually, Chinese food can be divided into eight major cuisines based on climate, geography, local product and eating habit. It sounds a little complicated, but don’t worry. This amazing 3-hour cooking tour will bring you closer to Chinese cuisine, and you can taste the hearty meal you’ve made. Isn’t it exciting?
Food is an important part of a country’s culture and also an essential part of one’s travel. You can understand a country’s customs and its people through food. Speaking of Chinese food, you may think of Kung Pao Chicken, dumpling, Ma Po Bean Curd, Peking Duck, etc. Actually, Chinese food can be divided into eight major cuisines based on climate, geography, local product and eating habit, Shandong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Hunan cuisine, and Anhui cuisine respectively. Yes, it sounds a little complicated. Don’t worry. This amazing hands-on cooking experience will bring you closer to Chinese cuisine. You will have a great time in a wonderful hutong house, learn some local customs and how to make Chinese dishes with a friendly local family. You even can try to learn the Chinese name of the dishes so that you can directly order in a restaurant. BTW, if you haven’t mastered the skill of using chopsticks, this is the right opportunity for you to learn from Chinese people as you are most likely to sit in a Chinese restaurant with a pair of chopsticks in your hand wondering “what do I do with these?”
There will be two options for you to choose. Are you a fan of Chinese dumpling? The first option will be dumpling, a popular traditional dish in China which even has a place in the family reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve. The whole family sits around a table making dumplings and looking forward to a new year. Let’s make dumplings from scratch together! Your host will explain how to prepare dough properly, mix delicious dumpling filling, make dumpling wrapper with a rolling pin, wrap adorable dumplings in different ways, and make a flavorful dipping sauce.
Considering you are in Beijing, another option will be typical Beijing dishes including noodles with soybean paste. You will start with chopping the ingredients, marinating meat and preparing sauce. You also can practise Chinese cooking techniques like stir-frying, steaming and stewing.
All ingredients and tools will be well prepared for you in advance. You will find it’s very easy to follow the lesson, and the whole process is very interactive and full of fun. You can ask any questions you have. When the dishes are ready, you will sit down to enjoy the hearty meal you’ve made by yourself and chat with each other. You can take some pictures to remember this special experience. You will be very confident to make them on your own after you get back home.
3 hours cooking class
1 lunch or dinner
Excellent English speaking tour guide
Private transfer in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver (pickup & drop off from Beijing downtown hotel)
Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour
Our package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase commercial travel insurance before your trip for any unforeseen circumstance
Any item beyond "Price Includes"
Gratuities to guide and driver (recommended if you are satisfied with their services)
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.