Traditional Taiwanese Cooking Class
Let's have fun with rice!
Rice is a such common part of Taiwanese peoples' diet; sometimes it's obvious, but other times, it's a surprising ingredient of dishes that don't even look like they could contain rice. In this class, we will learn how Taiwanese people make several very different dishes that are all based on this common ingredient. You will learn how different types of rice can be used to varying effect.
We will use long grain-rice together with white radish to make white radish cake. People usually like to serve it alongside tea, and it's a very popular snack between meals as well as a side dish. The white radish cake is cut into rectangles and fried, giving it a delicious crispy surface. You can find it in most local teashops, among other places. It's a bit of an enigma to foreigner visitors, but once you learn how to recognize it, it's a dish you'll see frequently being served in dim sum restaurants all over the world.
Next we will use glutinous rice, black sesame oil and shiitake mushroom to make sticky rice. This is one of the evocative home-style dishes that Taiwanese people miss most when they live overseas. Families usually prepare this dish during special festivals, but it is also a very common street food for everyday eating. In Taiwan, many sticky rice stands serve it with soup to make a simple and filling meal. It's especially warming during chilly weather.
As the perfect complement to these delicious dishes we will make the famous southern Taiwanese dessert, Chinese almond milk. The key ingredients are simply short grain-rice, Chinese sweet almond and crystal sugar. It's not only a dessert, but also a very tasty and healthy herbal drink, served warm.
Oolong tea serving
White Radish Cake (luo bo gao)
Sticky rice with black sesame oil and shiitake mushroom (you fan)
Chinese almond milk (with wolfberries)
Language: English (Chinese or Taiwanese if required)
Cost: Our price for this standard one day (about 4 hours) class is NT$4,000 for one student (about US$130 or 95 Euros), NT$7,000 for two students, NT$10,000 for three students, and NT$12,000 for four students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts.
Class size: 1 - 4 students. Always let us know exactly how many people will be coming with you. Private classes may be available on request, for an additional charge.
Children: Before you book, please let us know if you are bringing children and their approximate ages. Usually we will require you to book a private class if you bring young children, as they may affect other guests' enjoyment of the class.
Time: Classes usually start at 10am or 2pm and last about four hours. Please always contact us well in advance to make a reservation. We will try to arrange the classes to fit your schedule.
Note: These details apply to the standard class which you can see on this page. Some custom designed classes or classes with more expensive ingredients may cost more or last longer.
Credit Cards: We can only accept Credit Card payments online, not on the day of the class. Please contact us for details. Payment processing companies will impose additional fees on transactions.
Booking Deposit: For some classes and certain busier periods, we require an advance booking deposit of NT$1,500 per person for each class booked, paid by Credit Card or Paypal. In some cases we can accept your booking without an advance deposit.
Other Payment Methods: Please contact us for details.
Cancellation/changes/refunds: If you need to cancel your class more than 7 days before the date you have booked, we will refund your deposit minus a 10% charge to cover our handling costs and charges imposed by Credit Card/Paypal. For late cancellation and changes (less than 7 days before start of class), we charge NT$1,500 per person for each class booked, and refund the remainder of your advance payment or deposit. This is to cover the cost of lost business, ingredients, and preparation. This charge applies for class cancellation, time or date changes, and reductions in the number of guests. Aside from this, we humbly implore you not to book a class unless you are certain you can attend on time, because late cancellations, no shows and very late arrivals are costly for us, and they inconvenience other guests or deny them their only chance to attend a class.
Telephone: (02) 2720-0053
Address: 2F, 29-1 Zi Yun St, Taipei, Taiwan 台北市信義區110紫雲街29-1號2樓