Authentic home-style Chinese cooking classes
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey by learning how to make traditional Chinese New Year food with Shanghai Expat!
During this 3-hour class, you will master the art of rolling dumplings/jiaozi (餃子) and tangyuan (湯圓), and learn about their culinary history — all while enjoying Chinese tea or Stella Artois beer with new friends!
We will provide all the tools, ingredients and sauces. You will leave with new recipes and a full stomach!
Goodie bags will be given to each guest as a CNY gift (more…)
Chinese Traditional Paper Cutting and Spring Rolls Making Activity
Celebrate the year of the monkey with Cook in Shanghai by doing what the Chinese traditionally do for the new year celebrations. Every Chinese New Year there is a longstanding tradition that has been the art of papercrafting, this is a custom we do to decorate and bring luck to our homes. It is also a interesting and fun craft that has lived on through centuries.
Spring Festival is fast approaching and along with it all of the fun activities and delicious foods we enjoy at this time of the year. Today, we want to talk about two in particular. The first is a food that many of our foreign friends may be familiar with, the spring roll. The other is a beautiful traditional Chinese folk craft called paper cutting.
Spring rolls are a rolled appetizer or dim sum that can be fried or served fresh. The filling is usually meat such as pork, chicken or seafood, and vegetables such as cabbage, garlic, Chinese chives or cilantro. The wrapper is made from high wheat flour with water and some salt. They can be fresh, such as is common in Vietnam, but are usually fried. You may also know their popular cousin, the egg roll. The main difference is that egg rolls, which are also eaten during the spring festival, is that the wrapper is made out of eggs. (more…)
Chinese New Year has almost past, and many people are already familiar with the many delicious foods typical of that time. (If you’re not, check out our blog post from last year that gives some history on Chinese New Year dishes!) Today, we want to talk about the festival that marks the end of the Spring Festival season and has its own interesting treat: Lantern Festival and its delicious glutinous rice dumplings!
The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month of the new year on the lunar calendar. This day is special because it is the first full moon of the year. In Chinese the name is Yuanxiao (元宵) because the first lunar month of the year is called Yuan and xiao is an archaic word for night. (more…)
We 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!
Are you still immersed in the shopping spree on Black Friday? Are you merrily chatting at the bar? Are you annoyed by the common meal in a restaurant? If so, come and join us. We lead you to a world where you can show your cooking skills with your friends.
Instead of planning your weekend activities whimsically, competing the Chinese cooking skill may be a better choice for weekend parties.
When we think of the Silk Road, we often think of something ancient and exotic. Spices. Traders. A caravan of camels plodding across sun soaked dunes. But did you know that while the silk road’s heyday was a long time ago, it’s influence still lives on in the food of western China? In this blog update, we’d like to talk about finding traces of the silk road today in China and across Asia.
The first thing to point out about the silk road is that a better name would be the Silk Routes, because it was not a single path but many paths going from East to West and back again. Some over land, others over sea.
Even more, the silk road was not a one-way street. Silks, spices, art, cuisine, languages and everything else we associate with culture were eagerly exchanged back and forth. This meant that across the silk road, there was almost a common culture; or there was at least certain items you can find along its breadth. (more…)
Many 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…)
Finding the perfect gift can be a struggle. Whether you have friends or family visiting Shanghai, or you just want to give something different for a birthday, Christmas, or honeymoon gift, why not offer a unique Chinese cooking experience for your loved ones?
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.