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.)
What is a cooking class like ?
Typical event starts at 2pm , and finishes around 5h30pm.
We can also organize them in the morning (10am-1pm) or around dinner time (6-10pm)
Duration : about 4 hours
Number of dishes : 3 dishes
Class size : maximum 6 people
Language : teaching in English (other languages may be arranged)
Recipes card : printed recipes and ingredients in English for each person
Reservation : required
1: Visit of fresh market
You will first have to buy the ingredients – vegetables and meat.
For this, you will visit the local fresh market, discovering the basic ingredients of chinese food, and learn how to choose the good one, and bargain for them in chinese !
2: Chinese cooking basics
Then you will come back to the kitchen, to prepare the meal.
At first our teacher will explain to you the basics of chinese food : seasoning, cooking methods, what people really eat at home, the links between food and Traditional Chinese Medecine,…
3: Cooking time
After that, you will learn how to prepare 2 or 3 dishes, one at a time, with teacher and assistants helping you at each step.
4: Relax and tea time
At last you will have time to finish eating your prepared dishes, and have a chat over a tea.
We will offer you a traditional tea ceremony preparation – gong fu cha, with some of finest chinese tea.
5: Recipe card
During the event you will receive a recipe card, with english, pinyin and chinese caracter names of each ingredients, and help on how to buy and bargain for them.
This will be useful to take notes during the cooking classes and afterward to cook again the recipes at home.
We work with different chefs, depending on your cooking experience and which type of recipes you want to learn.
Our team of great chefs Zhang, Zhen, Li, Cao and Liu.
Helen is our co-founder, and manages customer service and operations for our cooking classes.
Favorite recipes: vegetable and spices
Cherry helps us manage customer service and events.
Favorite recipes : Red-cooked fish (Hong Shao Yu), Chili Chicken (Lazi ji), Eggplant and red beans (Qiezi Doujiao), and anything from her province of Huna
Erica, she is a translator. She loves eating. Also, she likes painting. According to the photo, you can see that she doesn’t like taking photos. She loves travelling and meeting new friends!
Amanda is our chef’s assistant and translator. She loves music, food as well as different culture. She believes that food is the best way to explore Chinese culture, because people really live to eat. If you are taking adventure across China through food, then you choose to delve into its heart and soul in the trip.
Hao Qun Lin
Chef Lin is one of our chef’s , As chef, she would like to introduce a lot of delicious food to our guests and you would learn more knowledge about Chinese cooking and some useful cooking tips in the class. and translator of the cooking class, Chris can introduce you much more knowledge about Chinese cooking and guide you the whole cooking process.
Hi! I’m Olivia. As the chef’s translator, I can help explain all of the dishes. Through cooking, you will learn more about cooking and have better understand about our culture. I think you’ll enjoy it! Join us!