Hoja Kitchen Cooking Class

Hoja Kitchen Cooking Class, Beitou: Address, Phone Number, Hoja Kitchen Cooking Class Reviews: 5/5

Hoja Kitchen Cooking Class
hoja kitchen, a place to enjoy culinary experiences and cultural exchange in Taipei. Come learn Taiwanese home cooking with us at hoja kitchen. Classes run 10am to 2pm. To make a booking, please email us at the address listed.
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Very good

Patricia R
West Hartford, CT, United States11 contributions
Excellent cooking class in Taipei
Apr 2016 • Family
My daughter and I took this cooking class in April 2016 and were very happy we did. I communicated via email with Dicky multiple times prior to our arrival. He was prompt, professional, kind and flexible concerning the day and time of our class. Although the location is on the outskirts of Taipei city proper it is an easy subway ride and Dicky greeted us as we arrived at the stop. The cooking class is only a 5 minute walk away and in a great rented space decorated by Peggy, just like on the website. Peggy and her assistant awaited us and had our foods ready to go. We had chosen the Gua Boa menu, which my daughter describes as the Taiwanese version of an American hamburger. We made steam buns from scratch, sautéed pork belly and added many ingredients that made it so flavorful. It was delicious. Peggy is a lovely Taiwanese woman, excellent cook, easy going and made everything very comfortable for us. We participated quite a bit in the cooking process but she was willing to fill in if we wanted or needed help. A fair amount of the class included watching her perform the cooking, which was interesting and helpful. We ate family style and enjoyed our lunch of soup, Gau Boa, pickled cucumbers and passion fruit/winter melon salad while chatting with Peggy, Susan and Dicky learning about their personal history. It was just my daughter and I taking the class so it was very personal and informal. We then made a traditional Taiwanese gelatin style dessert and had tea with Peggy. I highly recommend this cooking class. You will have a delicious and authentic Taiwanese meal, meet wonderful people and have a great day. My only suggestion is that the "students" have a preprinted recipe booklet to take home rather than taking notes during the class. This was done when we took a cooking class in Thailand 10 years ago and I still refer to it sometimes. Be sure to take this class with Peggy and Dicky...You'll be glad you did!
Written June 5, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marina W
5 contributions
Interesting and tasty
Aug 2015 • Solo
I never took cooking lessons before, so I did not know what to expect, but I had one of the best days in Taipei. Starting from the pickup at the MRT station and through the market tour and the cooking class itself Peggy was very nice, attentive, patient and a very good teacher. All the dishes we prepared (Dumpling class) were special, and she made sure that we have a taste of all the unique fruits, vegetables and mushrooms that Taiwanese market has to offer. After we finished eating all the dishes prepared during the cooking class, we enjoyed drinking tea and having a nice and relaxed conversation. I highly recommend!
Written August 12, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore53 contributions
Interesting & Fun - Even for a novice
May 2015 • Solo
I had an amazing time visiting the local market and the hands-on cooking class. I learnt how to make dumplings, some cold appetisers, hot and sour soup, Chinese pancake and a Taiwanese dessert. Even for a novice, I had fun exploring the various ingredient and rolling out the dough. The bonus is of course having lunch at the end of the lesson with the warm hosts in a charming and retro-styled setting.
Written May 13, 2015
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1 contribution
Taipei Highlight
On a whim a friend and I booked a cooking class at Hoja Kitchen. Lucky us. It was an amazing day. From the trip to the local market to the class and wonderful meal it was truly a special experience. The class was the perfect blend of information, relaxation and fun. Peggy and Dicky were the consummate hosts and their charming house was warm and inviting. We were there longer than the scheduled time but that was kind of a bonus! I highly recommend Hoja Kitchen if you are looking for a unique, memorable and delicious experience.
Written November 28, 2014
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Elizabeth K
Omaha, NE4 contributions
Wonderful Class
Aug 2014 • Couples
My husband and I visited Taiwan on our honeymoon and found this class on TripAdvisor, it was a wonderful experience! We learned how to make dumplings, a delicious cucumber dish, a melon dish, hot and sour soup, and a Taiwanese dessert. Peggy and Dicky were great hosts who welcomed us into their home and even gave us a map and directions to a couple of restaurants near our hotel for our last day. I would recommend this class to anyone visiting Taipei!
Written August 21, 2014
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Cabo de Palos, Spain54 contributions
Best way to experience Taiwanese food
Aug 2014
This is the first time I do a cooking class and I found it lots of fun and a great way to understand the local food. With so many different ingredients and dishes from where we are from ( I'm Spanish living in Ireland) it's difficult to choose or find your way in the local Taiwanese markets and restaurants. The class included a visit to a local market and I learn about how different ingredients are used in Taiwan. I will definitely cook back home a couple of the dishes that we learned on the day. Overall great day activity and I will strongly recommend it.
Written August 19, 2014
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Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan1 contribution
family hospitality
Jul 2014 • Friends
In Hoja Kitchen Cooking Class, you can learn Taiwanese cuisine under the homely atmosphere.
They will offer tailored program of cuisine for you, for example, Taiwanese home cooking, vegetarian meal etc. You can learn Taiwanese hospitality too!!
Teacher's method of instruction are very suitable for anyone. Instructor can speak Chinese, English and Japanese, so everyone would enjoy learning Taiwanese home cooking here.
You can have an amazing experience here !!
Written July 26, 2014
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Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Like visiting a friend
Jun 2014 • Couples
We paid for a 4hr class but ended up staying for 6hrs! The husband and wife team (Peggy & Dicky) together with their good friend Tina....they are such wonderful people and we felt like we were visiting friends. We met Peggy at the station and went shopping at a nearby market. We immediately warmed up to her. As we walked up to the cooking studio, we immediately fell in love with the studio. We knew we picked the right class. Learnt how to make dumplings from scratch, hot & spicy soup, 2 'xiao cai' and a dessert. The ambience was perfect. Lunch was scrumptious, they served local beer too! After lunch and dessert, we sat down at their charming little living area and drank tea and chatted and they shared with us tips on what to do with the rest of our days in taipei. We had a very wonderful time, this experience is the highlight of our trip. I am looking forward to make those dumplings and dessert myself....and when I do that...I will certainly be reminiscing about the studio and the lovely people we met at Hoja!
Written June 4, 2014
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Nanette E
7 contributions
A True Gem in Taipei!
Apr 2014 • Solo
Sign up for this cooking class now! Seriously one of the best experiences I had while visiting Taipei. My husband was working during the day and I wanted to take a cooking class. I found Hoja Kitchen on Trip Advisor with just one review. So I checked out their website and just thought it would be a perfect variety of dishes to learn.

Boy, did I ever make exactly the right decision! I must say, I was very fortunate to be taking a class on a Wednesday morning because I was treated to a private class. It truly felt like I was a special guest in the home of Peggy and Dicky. This cooking studio isn't even their home but it has been decorated to feel like you are in their home. So peaceful,warm and inviting.

After receiving excellent instructions from Dicky, I met Peggy at the Xin Beitou MRT Station. We walked to the market and Peggy pointed out all the different kinds of fruits, tofu, vegetables, etc that would be used. She purchased a few things for our recipes along with a couple of extra things just for me to try. Then it was off to the studio just a short walk away.

I was greeted with a cool lime drink, slippers and apron. After a nice conversation we started cooking. Peggy had done quite a bit of prep work but left some for me to do along with her as well. It saved time and allowed us to get to cooking. Our menu consisted of pork dumplings, passion fruit with winter melon salad, hot & sour soup, pickled cucumbers, spring onion flat bread, and tomatoes with plum powder marinade. We rolled our own dumpling wrappers which was a lot of fun and quite relaxing while we chatted and I learned a little about Taiwanese culture. I also got a few tips on things to do while in Taipei. It was great!

Class ended with a nice tea brewing, fruit and our dessert of Taro Root & Sweet Potato Balls in a simple syrup. So delicious and a perfect ending to a perfect day.

I left on such a high and could not stop smiling the whole way back to my hotel. I feel like I have made 2 new friends with Peggy & Dicky. Such wonderful people who do an outstanding job with this class! I can't wait to practice my new culinary skills back home with my family and friends.
Written April 6, 2014
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Simon W
Taipei, Taiwan2 contributions
Fun Time..
Feb 2014 • Friends
Spent a lovely afternoon learning how to make some authentic Taiwanese food with Peggy. It was really fun to go ingredient shopping in the market. We made two starters that I'd never had before - pickled cucumbers and a great winter melon salad. They were pretty easy to make. Next were the dumplings which were considerably more difficult. It was fun to cut the veggies, but it took us quite a long time. Our initial efforts with the dumpling skins were pretty lame but Peggy helped us with our technique and by the end they were looking tasty. We also made a great tofu soup. The kitchen is very nice and comfortable, Peggy is very friendly and helpful. I have no kitchen skills so sometimes I felt I needed a bit more time to process the info, but I'd recommend the course to anyone. The cost was reasonable, too.
Written March 17, 2014
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