Are you obsessed with dumplings?
On this food tour + cooking class, you’ll get off the beaten path to sample regional varieties of dumplings, from streetside stalls frying up potstickers to mom-and-pop shops serving boiled jiaozi from China’s frigid northeast. After eating your fill, you’ll learn how to make a dim sum specialty from a Chinese chef.
The origin of Chinese dumplings is dated back to 1800 years ago. A "Medicine Saint" from the Han Dynasty noticed the poor people's ears were frostbitten from the cold winter, so he wrapped mutton, chili, and herbs in dough into the shape of an ear, boiled them and gave them to the poor.
The frostbites were not cured, but the idea stayed around. And all around China now, there are various ways of wrapping and cooking the dumplings. On this food tour + cooking class, you’ll get off the beaten path, sampling from streetside stalls frying up potstickers to a family-owned boiled dumpling spot from China’s frigid northeast.
After sampling fried, steamed, boiled dumplings (and a few extra surprises), you’ll make your way through the leafy former French Concession area admiring local architecture before arriving at a local kitchen where it’s time for a cooking class. A professional chef will show you how to make har gow, a Cantonese dim sum favorite with delicate wrappers stuffed with juicy shrimp.
Then make your own and eat your fill before you say farewell. Your guide can direct you to the subway or help you find a taxi.
The difference between private tours and join in (group) tours
Private Tour High quality tour with a more personal experience. Your guide will be available for any questions you have. Furthermore, there is much more flexibility with your itinerary. Want to meet other people interested in the same activity. Click here.
Join in Group Tour Mostly more affordable tours that have more inclusions and will allow you to meet new people and make some friends. Check out other join-in tours in China here.