Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a 3-hour food tour that includes a 1-hour cooking class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious 'har gow’ (steamed dim sum shrimp dumplings), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.
Meet your guide and small group in front of the Hengshan Picardie Hotel for a walking tour of the former French Concession, a beloved tree-lined neighborhood, to find some of Shanghai's best dumplings. Stop by street stalls and casual local eateries to watch the experts cook the fresh dumplings that you get to try. Depending on what’s available, your eight samples may include typical guotie (pan-fried dumplings); jiaozi (northern-style dumplings); hun tun (wontons); and Shanghai's renowned xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings). Along the way, your guide talks about the differences in taste, texture and cooking techniques of China’s bite-size snacks. It's food for thought as you continue on a short walk to the venue where your 1-hour cooking class takes place. During your lesson, a local chef introduces you to har gow (shrimp dumpling), a Cantonese dim sum specialty. Following a demo, try your hand at making steamed potato wrappers stuffed with shrimp. Once the work is done, treat yourself the tasty har gow you made! After your tour is finished, you will take taxi or subway back to your hotel by your own.