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…

Cold TofuFew foods have gotten a bad wrap in the west the way tofu has. We’re not sure if it’s bad PR or just a big misunderstanding but to our foreign friends, tofu is often synonymous with the bland and the boring — a sad filler for the overly chaste.
But here in China, it’s the star of some of our most famous and delicious dishes (Mapodoufu, anyone?). And far from being bland or boring, it can deliver a KO punch in the form of stinky tofu or be fried up with bacon to please even the most ravenous carnivore.
Today we wanted to try to help our friend tofu out with some much needed advocacy and education so that you will hopefully be inspired to boldly go out and try a few new dishes featuring this glorious little bean curd! (more…)

Yin and YangMany have heard of the concept of “yin and yang”. It’s a famous idea that contributes to the stereotype of a mysterious and deeply philosophical East that is full of unknowable tradition and ideas. While it’s cool to be known as deeply philosophical and mysterious, the truth is that we use the basic concepts of yin and yang everyday in China. They are far from being unknowable, and in this post we’ll teach you a bit about the basics as they apply to yin and yang in food.
The origins of yin and yang stretch back to the days of oracle bones, when fortunes would be interpreted from the cracks formed in animal bones after being thrown into fire. (more…)

Cashew ChickenIf you’re anything like us, first discovering Chinese food was such a great adventure. There are so many cuisines to try and each one has its own huge cannon of dishes — it’s almost too much for a person to get through in a lifetime. But, after happily gorging ourselves for a few months on Water Boiled Fish and Long been fried with Eggplant and Chili Chicken, you begin to notice that there is a lot of oil left over on those plates. And it’s not just the Sichuanese food. These foods are of course, extremely delicious, but they can sometimes leave you wondering if you shouldn’t just go straight to the gym after every meal.
This of course was not always the case. Chinese food is historically very healthy. (more…)

Scallion Oil NoodlesNoodles are ubiquitous today. You can find them in all parts of the globe prepared in thousands of ways. When we think of noodles, many westerners think of Italy with its hundreds of varieties of pasta. But at the other end of the Silk Road, here in China, the noodle is a just as popular and integral part of the culture. 
There is even evidence that China is the birthplace of the noodle. In a 2005 article published in the journal Nature, archaeologists talk about their discovery in northwest China of the oldest noodles ever found — over 4,000 years old! (more…)

Kung Pao Chicken (Gongbao Jiding 宫爆鸡丁)Sichuanese food is probably one of the most well known Chinese regional cuisines. Sometimes spelled Szechuanese or Szechwanese, it is not only universally loved in China. Today plates full of colorful dried peppers and Sichuan peppercorns can be found in big cities around the world including New York City, where the Sichuanese restaurant Lan Sheng even has a Michelin Star.
We here at Cook in Shanghai find that our guests love learning to prepare home-style Sichuanese dishes in our cooking classes. Because of their strong flavors and colorful appearance. (more…)

Team building cookingWe here at Cook in Shanghai have been doing a lot of team building cooking classes recently and we thought it’d be a good time to talk about some of our experiences. We all know that the purpose of team building exercises is of course to build up the relationships of people working together. During our own team-building activities, we have noticed that people seem to relax and have fun very quickly. In only a few minutes, participants go from filing in to cheering and encouraging each other. (more…)


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cooking-class-shanghaiIt’s been a while since we posted new photos, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!

If we haven’t seen you in a while, you might not know we moved last year; see below pictures from some of the recent events in our new home-style kitchen classroom:


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Buy a Cook In Shanghai gift voucher for one of our private classes, and use it whenever you want in 2013 – your choice of dates and dishes.

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