Greet your guide at a central location in Beijing and venture to a nearby food market to immerse yourself in the exotic sights and smells of the area. Browse stalls bursting with fresh produce and gain fascinating insight into the remarkable range of fruits and vegetables from your guide. After purchasing your ingredients (included), weave your way down a hutong (alleyway) to commence your class in a local family’s home.
On arrival, discover the dishes on the menu and absorb the welcoming ambience of the local home. Depending on the day, prepare dim sum (small steamed dumplings) or hearty main dishes inspired by a variety of Chinese cultures. Vegetarians can choose to prepare an entirely meat-free menu on a selected day of the week.
Acquire the knowledge of how to use woks and cleavers; see which seasonings create flavorful dishes; and if you’re making dim sum, create dishes like barbecued pork buns, stir-fried noodles and sesame rolls. Those preparing main meals may make steamer ginger fish, sweet and sour pork and stir-fried chili beef. At least one vegetarian dish is prepared each day.
On completion of your dishes, take a seat at a family table and feast upon the fruits of your labors while chatting to your guide and group. After enjoying your bounteous banquet, depart from the class and explore the city independently if you wish.