Authentic home-style Chinese cooking classes

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Chinese local home-cooking experience
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Learn how to cook typical Chinese food
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Chinese local home-cooking experience
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Making your own Chinese hand-pulled noodles (la mian)
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Chinese delicacies
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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…

International Children's DayDescription:
This is a one-day trip that is perfect for families and children to explore nature by visiting a ecological farm where we can pick up own vegetables, learn to cook some amazing local Chinese dishes and enjoy the slow pace of the outdoor and rural life together. We have planned two sessions of fun games and activities; and you can discover more about yourselves.
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Coffee and CheesecakeSummer is on its way! On a sunny morning, drink a cup of coffee with friends, enjoy the warm-hearted coffee time on the weekend. All above sounds to be perfect and amazing, but it is far beyond our expectations. We are greedy so that we try our best to find the most perfect cake matching with each variety of coffee, and to enjoy the tasting trip brought by the perfect matching. Cook in Shanghai group will bring you season 3 of the hottest classical western food: Philadelphia Cheese Cake Making with Coffee Tasting. (more…)

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…)

Mantou Across the Silk RoadWhen 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…)

Team-building-cooking-event

Thank you very much for choosing Cook in Shanghai! Happy to share with you our latest team building cooking event photos.

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Slide1Finding 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.

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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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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…)

Zongzi

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!

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white-tangyuanChinese 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…)