Shanghai: Chinese Cooking Class in a Family Home

Location: Shanghai, China

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  • Learn to prepare and cook authentic Chinese dishes
  • Enjoy an intimate cooking lesson in a local Shanghai home
  • Prepare 2 or 3 dishes under the guidance of friendly cooks
  • Learn about Chinese food and traditional medicine, and chat about life in Shanghai
  • Enjoy a gong fu cha tea ceremony


  • 4 Hours

  • Meet at exit 2 of the Jiashan Road Subway Station(Line 9), in front of ABC bank (Google map link:

  • English

What You Can Expect

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    First, you will visit a fresh produce and wet market to buy vegetables and meat. Discover the basic ingredients of Chinese food and learn how to choose the best ingredients. You can even try and bargain for them in Chinese! Back at the kitchen, prepare the meal under the guidance of a local teacher. They will explain the basics of Chinese seasoning and cooking methods. Chat about what people the locals typically eat at home, and discover the links between food and traditional Chinese Medicine. After you have prepared 2 or 3 dishes, which the teacher and assistant will guide you through step-by-step, sit down to savor the fruits of your labor over some Chinese tea. You will be offered a traditional tea ceremony preparation of gong fu cha, with some of the finest Chinese teas.


    • Half-day (3 to 4 hour) cooking tour
    • Class of no more than 6 persons
    • English assistant
    • Wet market tour
    • All ingredients
    • Recipe booklet
    • Aprons and all cooking tools - just come with comfortable clothes and a smile!
    • The vendor works with different chefs and cooks, depending on your experience and type of recipes you want to learn
    • You will get our confirmation email
    • You will get our electronic voucher
    • Local operator will contact you

Customer Reviews

  • good tips, tasty, clean,Don't put cooked chicken in bowl that had raw
    GORDON, Australia | Jul 1, 2015

    overall a great experience, we loved it. would do it again

  • Very nice teacher and Chef
    Perly, Switzerland | Jun 23, 2015

    The visit of the wet market was a really good experience and the chef and teacher are really good and try to teach you the best they can. I just recommend to go here

  • Eine tolle Erfahrung und ein interessanter Nachmittag!
    Schwarzenbek, Germany | Feb 27, 2015

    Alles war so wie beschrieben! Wir waren zu erst auf einem kleinen Markt um die frischen Zutaten einzukaufen! Es wurde auf unsere Wunschzutaten eingegangen und viele uns fremde Gemüsesorten erklärt - dann ging es direkt in die Wohnung - zu einer kleinen Teezeremonie - Alle Teilnehmer erhielten gleich ein Handout mit den Rezepten - Dann wurde geschnippelt und jeder Teilnehmer hat jedes der 3 Gerichte zubereitet. Und natürlich auch sofort probiert ;-) Ein wirklich tolles Erlebnis! Und noch bevor ich im Hotel war, hatte ich schon eine Email mit den Handouts als PDF - Großes Lob and Helen und Karen für ihren tollen Einsatz trotz chinese New Year

  • ein tolles Event
    Koblenz, Germany | Jan 21, 2015

    Der Kurs war super. Wir konnten mitentscheiden welche Rezepte gekocht wurden, wir erhielten naehere Infos zum Einkaufen auf einem lokalen Markt und zur Zubereitung. Es war ein tolles Event!

  • Well worth doing just to see the indoor market.
    Cobham, United Kingdom | Aug 28, 2014

    Our guide was very sweet, friendly and knowledgeable, and carried an I-pad to show us pictures of the different vegetables in their growing state. The chief was good and demonstrated the dishes in an easy mmanner. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Shanghai as you get to see the indoor market, mixing with the locals and visited a typical town apartment, apart from learning to cook 3 fantastic Chinese dishes.

  • Verny nice and good athmosphere, to be recommended.
    Shanghai, Germany | Aug 24, 2014

    The staff was really friendly. The process was nicely plannened. Friendly and comfortable athmosphere. Good language skills. Makes a perfect experience.

  • Awesome experience!
    a Customer
    Hamburg, Germany | Jun 17, 2014

    Very nice girls, which taught me to cook chinese dishes I always wanted be able to do by myself. Time was flying as I had so much fun.

  • Great posssibility to get to know the Chinese everyday life!
    Basel, Switzerland | Jun 9, 2014

    The two girls were so nice and I learn a lot of about the Chinese specialities, fruits, vegetables etc. I loved when they showed us how to make tea. Thank you so much! Even my Chinese friends loved my first Chinese food which I made. :) We have good teachers!

  • Unvergessliches Kocherlebnis - superlecker, hat viel Spaß gemacht !!!!
    Elztal, Germany | Apr 27, 2014

    Sehr interessante Markthalle, lustiger gemeinsamer Einkauf, bei dem wir auf chinesisch (Vokabelliste) unser Essen kauften. Sehr abwechslungsreiche Rezepte - hatte lecker geschmeckt, war unter guter Anleitung leicht herzustellen, gut nachzumachen. Sehr empfehlenswert, ein unvergessliches Erlebnis mit freundlichen, lustigen, chinesischen jungen Leuten. Vielen Dank für diese netten Stunden.

  • Really good, we learnt a lot and enjoyed the market and home visit.
    Ashby, Australia | Dec 1, 2013

    The meeting point was clear and easy to find, Cherry met us and we enjoyed her information at the market, she was well informed and spoke English well. Helen taught us the dishes we were interested in. Choosing what we wanted to learn made it extra good as we choose things we wanted to make again at home. Helen is patient and with excellent English was able to teach us techniques that would have been hard to pick up from a book. The food was delicious. A really excellent experience.

  • Well planned, very interesting, great food, good instructions.
    MOUNT MARTHA, Australia | Oct 26, 2013

    We were met on time by Cherry and taken to the wet market. Cherry explained the vegetables we didn't know, and we were able to choose what we wanted to cook. We were then taken to the apartment and had tea, in a traditional way which we enjoyed. Helen then explained the cooking process we would do, and we enjoyed using traditional implements. The apartment was spotlessly clean. The food we cooked was delicious and we had fun. The only small disappointment was I thought we would get souvenir apron to take away with us, but this didn't happen. We were impressed with Helens desire to share the traditional elements of Chinese way of life

  • lots of fun!
    a Customer
    Bielefeld, Germany | Oct 1, 2013

    We booked the cooking class for a Saturday afternoon and had such a great time! First we went to a local market, where the assistant explained a lot of typical chinese things about meat, vegetables etc. Then we went to her flat, had a tea ceremony and then started with the first dish.When we booked the class, we had to choose 3 dishes we wanted to cook, so at first we prepared these (like cutting the vegetables and meat). The cook himself was chinese and not speaking english, but the assistant was. She was also taking pictures, which she has sent to me afterwards. It was one of our highlights during the two weeks we spent in Shanghai!

  • Worth doing if you want to learn legit Chinese food
    a Customer
    Jacksonville, United States | Jul 15, 2013

    they were really nice, and the food was great! Save room because you'll be making (and eating) a lot

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