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…)

springrollSpring 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…)

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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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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Activities

 
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.
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When dumplings meet art
Are you tired of something old?
 
Do you want to do something new?
 
Close your eyes and image what is going to happen if dumplings meet art.
 
In this event, we will learn not only how to make dumplings, but also make different ingredient for colorful wrappers with different fillings. (more…)

IMG_0951DDo you want to experience nature while learning about Chinese farm life? Cook in Shanghai will bring you fresh air and a relaxing atmosphere with our Tie Dye Farm Experience Day Tour! We will pick our own vegetables, learn to cook some amazing dumpling, learn about tie dye and enjoy the slow pace of the outdoors and rural life together. (more…)

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Three-colored Soup Dumplings

three-coloured soup dumplings

As we consider that we have dim sum class on every other Sunday and soup dumpling with Chinese dumpling class in Pudong, so we decide to have a whole new soup dumpling class:
three-colored soup dumplings – instead of the dim sum class on every Monday.
In this new class, we will learn how to make three kinds of soup dumplings with different fillings. The first one will be the traditional soup dumpling, white soup dumpling with pork; the second one will be orange soup dumpling with chicken; the third one will be green dumpling with luffa and shrimp.
It is a way to find out how to make three-colored soup dumplings! Come and join us, taste your own hand-made creations, and meet new friends.

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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!
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Wine tasting party

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Learning how to taste wines is a straightforward adventure that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Look, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time! Tasting wine is all about utilizing your five senses to fully experience what’s in your glass.

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