Three day cooking course

Freshly-cooked dumplings in the bamboo steamer

This is a practical course, so you will learn how to make finished dishes, as well as the basic methods. This course focuses on Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine, including traditional, home-style and stir-fried dishes.

The goal of this kind of course is to help you understand how different elements of Asian cooking fit together, so you express your creativity instead of simply following recipes without really understanding them. Then you will be able to mix and match the various techniques to make a wide variety of complete meals. This will also give you a firm basis for learning more on your own in future.

We start the class with soy bean milk -- as I very often hear from my Western guests, it's a healthy drink, and it's a very popular morning drink in Asia.

I will also talk about all the basic Chinese ingredients, so you will have a good idea about how to create Chinese cooking in future. Then I will use the basic ingredients to make some very simple dishes like soft tofu with Taiwanese dressing, and sour and spicy soup.

Traditional almond milk and white radish cakeAfter introducing the basic ingredients. I will show you how to make the sesame paste, and a make few different noodle dishes based on it. But you can also use the sesame paste in western dishes, such as using it as a salad dressing or dipping sauce.

The dumplings we will make are based on bread dough (yeast dough). I assume most people are fairly familiar with bread dough. So after the class, you should be able to recreate how to make the dumplings very easily.





Day 1 - Basic Asian sauce/dressing/paste

Basic ingredients introduction

Taiwanese dressings

Toasted shiitake mushrooms with ginger dressing

Toasted oyster mushrooms with garlic dressing

Taiwanese sweet sauce (soy paste)

Deep fried tofu layers with sweet garlic sauce

Layering of flavors without using recipes

Cucumber salad with assorted white sesame oil dressing

Sweet and sour dressing

Sweet and sour dressings with garlic, ginger, etc

Toasted eggplant with five flavors sweet and sour sauce

Hot and sour soup

Black and white sesame pastes

Sesame apple and carrot sticks

Konjac noodles with garlic sesame sauce

Spicy Sichuan flower pepper oil

Spicy pineapple



Day 2 - Dumplings/Pastry

Making dumpling dough

Dumpling dipping sauce

Chives and waterchest nuts dumplings

Pumpkin and mushroom pockets

Green Onion Pancake 

Black Sugar and Sesame Pancake




Day 3 - Taiwanese home cooking dishes

Taiwanese Pumpkin Soupy Risotto

Garlic stir-fried dishes

Iron Plate Sweet and Sour Tofu

Stir-fried rice noodles with mushrooms

Black beans stir fried with chives (Cāng yíng tóu)

Sweet and spicy soy bean paste stir fried with eggplant


Class Information

Language: English (Chinese or Taiwanese if required)
Cost: Our price for this standard three day class is NT$12,000 for one student (about US$400 or 300 Euros), and NT$21,000 for two students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these classes.
Normal class size: 1 - 4 students (larger classes may be possible).
Time: Classes usually start at 10am or 1pm and last about four hours each day, so the total class time over three days will be about 12 hours. Please always contact us well in advance to make a reservation. We will try to arrange the classes to fit your schedule.
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.
: 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