Authentic home-style Chinese cooking classes

Chinese local home-cooking experience
Learn how to cook typical Chinese food
Chinese local home-cooking experience
Making your own Chinese hand-pulled noodles (la mian)
Chinese delicacies
Wet market visit
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Cook In Shanghai 风味菜 organizes Chinese cooking classes in Shanghai to introduce you to real local culture. Our regular group classes and private events all let you choose your own recipes, include a visit to the local wet market, and allow hands-on training for each participant. (Our recipes never use MSG.)  > Learn more about us…

Chinese family eating Meal 246We are always trying to make Chinese cuisine more accessible here at Cook in Shanghai and so this month we’d like to give you some tips on how to order Chinese food in a restaurant like a Chinese person.
This is a topic of great importance for many people here in China — almost everyone has their own way — but we’ve come up with some solid principles that you can follow to help you order like a pro for your friends and family!

Hand Pulled NoodlesHand-pulled noodle 拉面 is famous in the northwest part of China.
 Do you want to know how to pull the noodles with your hands?
On September 11-13, 2015, you will get the chance to learn it with 3 different kinds of shapes and taste your own noodles at the Expat Show Shanghai

Hello everyone! On the 30th of August 2015, we are going to hold a paper and tea tasting activity to feel the charm of Chinese traditional culture.
Chinese paper cutting

Paper cutting Pandas (more…)

Hot Pepper PileChili peppers are beloved around China and an important ingredient in many provinces. In fact, China produces over half of all the chili peppers in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations!
They are used in almost every cuisine in China with the stand outs being Sichuan, Hunan, Beijing, Hubei and Shaanxi. With the most common preparations being fresh, dried and pickled. Chili peppers are especially popular in China because it is believed that their spiciness is very effective at dissipating dampness in the body.

image of Shanghai's East Nanjing RoadToday we’re continuing our series on China’s regional cuisines! Check out our previous posts on Sichuanese, Beijing food, food of the Silk Road and Cantonese as well!

What is Shanghai cuisine?

Shanghai cuisine is the food that is based in Shanghai and its surrounding area, especially Suzhou and Wuxi. In Chinese, it’s commonly called Shanghaicai (上海菜, “cai” means food or cuisine), Hucai (沪菜, “Hu” is a common nickname for Shanghai) and Benbangcai (本帮菜, “Benbang” means local).
Shanghaicai was originally based on the food of Jiangsu, a neighboring province whose cuisine is considered one of China’s eight greats. (more…)

All About Tea


Varieties of Chinese TeaToday we wanted to talk about Chinese tea. It’s such a huge topic that we won’t be able to cover everything in one post, but we’re hoping to start with a few key facts that will set you on a path to learning more about one of China’s greatest products!


We are at the end of May and fast approaching the melting heat of Shanghai’s summertime! That of course means that we are also about to celebrate one of China’s most famous traditional holidays: the Dragon Boat Festival. This festival is famous abroad because of the image of the beautifully decorated dragon boats racing on rivers, however there are also several very special culinary traditions that we always look forward to every year. Especially because of the delicious traditional rice dumpling or zongzi!


Cantonese DimsumToday we want to introduce you to another Chinese cuisine: Cantonese food. Cantonese food is one of China’s four Han cuisines (the others being Shandong, Sichuanese and Jiangsu, check our previous post on Beijing food as well to learn more!), though it’s probably the most famous abroad.
Cantonese food is from the southernmost province on mainland China called Guangdong. It is the province to which Hong Kong originally belonged and indeed the people of Hong Kong still speak the local Guangdong language which we know today as Cantonese.
This is important because it was precisely because of Hong Kong that Cantonese food is so well known today. People from Guangdong often migrated abroad and took their food with them, but Hong Kong’s international status was a further impetus to the spread of Cantonese food. (more…)


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