We recently visited Black Sesame Kitchen for a vegetarian cooking class, and had a fantastic experience. For four hours, we cooked, learned and ate with Candice, a kind, helpful and funny chaperone through our cooking journey, and the head chef, Chef Zhang (who just returned a week earlier from his first trip to the states, where he had been invited to train some of the leading chefs in America on Chinese cuisine). Although we are avid fans of Chinese cuisine, we had never been to a Chinese cooking class, and this far exceeded our expectations. The meal was delicious: the cold Tofu salad, Bamboo shoots and Chinese mushrooms, twice-cooked tofu, and traditional tomato and egg stir fry - the meal was one of our best in China! Candice taught us so much, and her thorough explanation of what a Chinese pantry contains gave us a great foundation for our culinary odyssey. We were only in Beijing for two days, yet this was a high priority stop. Included in the cooking class were beautiful aprons, and some traditional Szechwan peppercorn to take home. Candice was also very helpful in recommending local attractions, restaurants, and shopping (especially in the culinary department). I highly recommend Black Sesame Kitchen!
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