My partner and I took the cooking class and it was a great experience beyond anything we imagined. Luxi took us to the market first thing to shop for ingredients for the class. At the market, she pointed out the various ingredients used in traditional Chinese cooking and those that are unique to the local people. We stopped to ask about a number of different type foods we had never seen and she explained each one and what it is used for. She also gave us an overview of the regional differences in food in China,
Afterward we returned to the school, cooked and ate 3 different dishes. Luxi took great care to explain the importance of how at what to cook at different temperatures, the layers of ingredients and techniques to make sure the food is not overcooked and retains all its flavors.
But the best part was the experience of sharing the meal together. Sharing meals is the central social experience in Chinese culture and we had wonderful conversation not only about cooking and culture, but about China, its people, some of the challenges people face in the day-to-day life and well as the richness of the culture. Luxi also took a personal interest in us, wanting to know about our culture, the food, our experiences, and travels. We learned so much from her and hopefully gave something back.
You can tell that this is her passion. She genuinely loves getting to know people, learn about them and to provide insights into China you won't get from a book or even a tour. I learned so much. This type experience is why I love to travel.
Thank you Luxi for one of the highlights of our time in China.
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