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Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit
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Half-Day Professional Mapo Tofu Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit

By Chilli Cool China
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Ages 5-75, max of 10 per group
Duration: 4h
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Live guide: Chinese, English
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  • Market tour
  • Food ingredients
  • Beverages or beer/Local Tea
  • Light refreshments
  • Lunch or dinner based on your class schedule
  • Recipes
  • Souvenir
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • 梁家巷, Jinniu District, Chengdu, China, 610051
    Your guide will meet you at Liang Jia Xiang Metro Stop Exit D ,Line 6 (梁家巷地铁站D口,6号线),the morning class meeting time is 08:50, afternoon class meeting time is 13:50,evening class is 16:50
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58228P21

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 3 years
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58228P21

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    • Chilli Cool China
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      Chengdu, Sichuan, China
      Joined in May 2017
    • Christianemf
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience
      I am so glad I decided to do this tour and cooking class during my stay in Chengdu! I did the 3 course class:) Lance was a phenomenal guide! He speaks good English, was very welcoming and friendly, and he had a lot of knowledge. He taught us about the different vegetables, fruits, meat and everything on the market. I got so much more out of the experience than I would have if I went to the market by my self. There was no pressure to buy anything, but if you wanted to stop and buy something, you could. It was fun to cook the food and learn how to prepare real Sichuan dishes. I also really enjoyd eating the dishes! They were delicious, and we could adjust how spicy we wanted it to be when we made the dishes, which also was nice. I would really recommend this tour if you visit Chengdu and want to experience the sichuan cuisine and food culture. Lance did a very good job!
      Written June 21, 2024
    • taraldmosdol
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day of food with lance
      This foodtour was a great introduction to the sichuan cousine and culture! Lance was great and answered all our questions during the walk! There is a proper chef guiding the cooking in a really nice kitchen. We got to try to make wutongs, and tasted different regional delicacies!
      Written June 21, 2024
    • Mie M
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fantastic cooking class!
      We had such a great time with Lance teaching us about the Sichuan cuisine and cooking a delicious 3-meal dinner. We had a very interesting trip to the market, where Lance thought us about all the different meats and vegetables and how they are used. It was a wonderful insight in the Sichuan cooking style and way of life. We were introduced to different ways of using the wok for different types of dishes, which were both healthy and super delicious. Even though the fire at the wok could seem a bit stressful, Lance and our chef thought us well and turned it into a relaxing and social experience, just the way food should be. In short, a fantastic cooking class!
      Written June 16, 2024
    • FarAway24292170867
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good experience, give it a try.
      Amazing experience, great tour, engaging classes and good food. Lance was a great guide and explained things clearly. If you are intrested Sichuan cuisine or want to learn more then this is it. Highly reccomeded 👍
      Written June 7, 2024
    • W7314JHcarolinep
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Experience!
      I was in China for a business trip and decided to squeeze in a cooking class before I left, and I'm so glad I did! Lance was a wonderful guide. He taught me so much about the Sichuan food scene during our market tour, and during our cooking class he took so many photos and was really encouraging as we learned to make new dishes. During the market tour we met many wonderful vendors, practiced a few mandarin phrases, and learned how to make dumplings from a local vendor. There were a few items the group was curious about that weren't on our grocery list like century old eggs, so Lance went ahead and bought them so we could try them. Between the market tour and the cooking class he served us a beautiful jasmine green tea and some snacks. The cooking part of the visit was amazing. I've taken many cooking classes abroad and sometimes they are too basic or don't let you do all the cooking yourself. During this class I got to do everything from chopping through cooking. If you are a beginner this class would work well too, as the chef was there to answer any questions or assist if you needed it. I was never a fan of pork belly or tofu, and after this class I'm a convert! Chengdu is know for spicy food, but this class allowed you to customize the spice level to your liking. I made my dishes more mild, while the other people in the class opted for more spice. So if you are worried about the food being too spicy, don't! After the class, Lance sent through all the recipes so we could make them at home, and he even walked with me to call a taxi so I could get back to my hotel. I had a great time, and would love to come back for their steamed bun class.
      Written June 6, 2024
    • RomainH485
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This cooking class rocks!
      Had a blast at this cooking class! Lance showed us around the local market, and his English was great. Lee, the chef, taught us how to cook the dishes, and they turned out awesome! Lance also answered all our questions about life in China and Chinese culture. If you're in Chengdu, don't miss this class. Thanks, Lance and Lee!
      Written May 28, 2024
    • 499laurianef
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best cooking classe !
      Such a nice moment ! The visit of the market and cooking class with the nice chief was so great. Lance share with us so many tips and the food that we prepared was really tasty and flavoured !
      Written May 28, 2024
    • thomasvanroon
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience and super tasty!
      Lance and Jerry are a really good team in running this cooking class. Super friendly and very helpful. Also the food we prepared tasted amazing! I can honestly say that this was the best cooking class I’ve done during all my travels.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • Carolynn L
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Foodies, if you can only do one activity in Chengdu, pick this one.
      This activity is a must if you are a foodie. I visited Chengdu in 2019 and took this class - I liked it so much that I decided to come back! Our guide Lance was very smart, accommodating and kind. Since it was only us on the tour this time I even got to pick the dishes I wanted to learn to make so that they were different from the ones I learned about last time. We had such a wonderful experience and even my boyfriend who isn’t so into cooking had a great time learning about the local food. Highly recommend, and big thanks to the team at Chilli Cool!
      Written May 25, 2024
    • davidcM8239PH
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting peek into Sichuan cuisine
      We wanted to learn more about Sichuan’s cuisine and are very happy to have found this class. We really appreciated the market visit with insights on all different ingredients, it made the experience much more interesting. Our guide, Lance, was very friendly and knowledgeable. The class was easy enough for a beginner like myself and a more experienced cook like my girlfriend. Really recommend taking part in this class. Fun, interesting and really friendly staff.
      Written May 25, 2024
    • Nancy R
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you love food this is your tour.
      What a great experience! Chengdu is one of the great food cities in the world. I'm a terrible cook but I so desperately wanted to know more so maybe I could take Sichuan with me and make delicious food at home. Lance took us to the market and introduced us to the local vendors and spices. We bought the food we were going to make. Then back to the Chilli Cool kitchen to learn to prepare it. Chef taught me to actually cook something and it was so delicious. Lance so thoroughly and thoughtfully explained in English. I went solo but made friends. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone. I had such a great time.
      Written May 14, 2024
    • davidaT4638MF
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Szechuan Cooking Experience
      Chilli Cool Workshop is a must do experience in Chengdu! A cooking class with a young team of entrepreneurs, and great cooks. We had an authentic experience with Lance at the local market, introducing us to the vendors, discussing produce and learning Chinese language to make and order wontons. Excellent! The food was sublime utilising the quintessential flavours of Szechuan. We wish Chilli Cool Chengdu every success - if you’re going to Chengdu say hi to Lance.
      Written May 13, 2024
    • G9559GOandreww
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Chengdu Cooking Class
      This was an excellent experience and great value, highly recommended. The two hosts Lance and Jerry (names presumably substantially anglicised) spoke excellent English and were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The market tour was fascinating and fun, buying the ingredients for use. After tea and oranges, we had a ball making tasty and spicy Chinese pork buns. Lance and Jerry were most encouraging of my rather ham-fisted efforts at folding them neatly and I'm confident I'll master this once I get home. I managed to eat 7 and took home another 6 which were gone by nightfall! Don't hesitate to sign up and enjoy.
      Written May 12, 2024
    • Paggy H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great cooking and cultural tour!
      Ended up with a private tour! Lance was a super informative and friendly guide through the wet market tour, an unexpected side baijiu tasting, and throughout the cooking class. Despite my terrible cooking skills we managed to make 5 DELICIOUS dishes that I feel like I could recreate at home (given some more practice)! Lance was super easy to talk to and I learned so much about Sichuan and Chinese food and modern culture. Highly recommend this tour and this tour group!
      Written May 6, 2024
    • Bartosz N
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sichuan cooking classes
      This cooking class was amazing! We learned how to prepare traditional dishes from Sichuan. We also visited the local market to buy necessary ingredients and our guide helped us with some Chinese sentences. Our tour guide Lance and chef Jerry were amazing people. We had really nice conversation while eating all the food we cooked.
      Written May 6, 2024
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    My partner and I did a half day cooking class here with translator and guide Lance. This was the perfect activity to end our trip to Chengdu. It was so fun to learn how to make some of our favorite Sichuan dishes. Lance also gave us some fun challenges to do while exploring the market and took great photos of us while we were cooking. It was so fun to learn more about Chengdu food culture!
    Written January 7, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written January 9, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was great! Ocean picked us up at the hotel and went with us to the local market. There was a nice suprise, I won‘t spoil it here. But it was good fun.
    We where also able to try a lot of things and she explained each thing we saw.
    The cooking class it self was nice and causy. Our chef was a great teacher and ocean translated everything. We had a gread time. The food was delicius. We also liked that ocean took pictures of us and send them all to us after we finished.
    Written October 25, 2019
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    Hi Friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Ocean also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written October 28, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    lizynl
    Shanghai, China
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2019 • Friends
    Highly recommend this cooking class to everyone. We visited a local market and saw so many amazing food and spices! We tried corn cake in the market and it was so delicious. I wouldn't buy this cake if we go there by our own. Lance is a great host. He is knowledgable and explained everything in details.

    A professional lady chef taught us how to cook three dishes including mapo tofu. I can cook mapo tofu like a pro at home now :)
    Written March 31, 2019
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    Dear Liz, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool food tour. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written April 12, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    We had a blast touring the spice market and cooking some really yummy foods. Lance was a great leader and would do another tour with him again if we had the opportunity!

    -Joey
    Written January 7, 2020
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    Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written January 9, 2020
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had an awesome time with Lance, our local tour guide. Had an exceptional time tasting cooking and making new friends!

    The day started with us meeting him outside our hostel where he took us to a nearby spice market. He showed us all the different chinese spices and locally grown vegetables and meats. Along the way he organized with the stall owners for us to have a taste of a variety of their produce. We where taught some Chinese by Lance, which we used to ask a lady from the spice market to teach us how to fold dumplings. From there we went to the Chilli Cook head quarters for some local tea. After a rest we where met by a professional chinese cheff who guided us in making 3 stunning chinese dishes. We all ate together and shared stories from our home countries.

    Everything was included in the price along with refreshments as needed. Great for groups, couples and individuals.

    Overall had an AWESOME time that elevated our Chengdu experience to a new level!
    Written December 20, 2019
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    Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written December 25, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019 • Solo
    Really professionally-run company that provides a great way to experience Sichuanese food and cooking. Our guide Hazel was really friendly and informative and learning to cook from the chef was fun. Can't wait to cook the same dishes at home!
    Written November 7, 2019
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    Hi Friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Hazel also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written November 7, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019 • Friends
    Amazing tour through the market. Got to talk to the locals and meet some amazing people in the cooking-class. Had both delicious meat- and vegetarian options. All of this made into an amazing day thanks to the coolest dude/guide in Chengdu. Love you, Lance.
    Written October 4, 2019
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    Hi Simon, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written October 9, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019 • Solo
    Loved the class and market tour with hazel. Cooked great food and got to compare our dishes to those of a professional chef which I enjoyed
    Written September 29, 2019
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    Hi Friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Hazel also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written September 29, 2019
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    Femke
    Enschede, The Netherlands
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a lovely time at Chilli cool! The tour guide Lance was an amazing guide, his English was really good and he did the tour with so much passion, fun and made us feel really comfortable. The market visit was a really nice start of the class, we could try and smell some local products and get to know more about Chengdu/Sichuan ingredients and the food. The dishes we made were delicious and the class was easy to follow. We had a lovely time and at the end we received a really nice surprise. Our experience at Chilli cool with the amazing guide Lance was wonderful! I would definitely recommend it if you would like to know more about Chengdu/Sichuan/Chinese food or just to have a really good time with the lovely people!
    Written July 7, 2019
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    Hi Femke, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool cooking class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written July 18, 2019
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2019 • Couples
    We had an awesome time at this Chengdu cooking course thanks to Lance. Had a lot of fun, ate some good food, and cracked awesome dad jokes. Keep it up, Lance!
    Written May 28, 2019
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    Hi Mdonta, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool cooking class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us.Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
    Written June 7, 2019
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