Chengdu Cooking
Chengdu Cooking
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chengducooking offers Customized Cooking Class,Classic Sichuan Cuisine Cooking Class and Corporate Cooking Class to walk you through comprehensively the cooking procedures of typical Chinese cuisines in an easy and fun ambience. We are specialised in spreading Chinese cooking culture and providing cooking classes and other cooking activities to both tourists and the locals. From a humble beginning in 2014,it has become one of the most popular and unmissable tourist experience when visiting Chengdu.Book with us now to mark an unforgettable memory in your trip to Chengdu!
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cfbratcher
Hong Kong, China12 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
We loved our time with Qiao, and would highly recommend this for anyone interested in learning Sichuan cooking!

Our group of three met Qiao at his home, and immediately went for a local market tour to learn more about the local produce, meats, chilis and seasonings! At the market, Qiao even pointed out the vendors he normally buys from, and which ones he purchased from earlier that day for our cooking class. We didn't actually need to purchase any ingredients during our market visit - everything was already waiting for us in the kitchen, which made it all the more enjoyable to see and smell everything around us!

Once we returned home, we went to Qiao's darling apartment and cooked in his home kitchen. He and his small team taught us how to make four local dishes, including the infamous local favorite, Ma Po Tofu. Everything was delicious. We would cook one dish, sit, eat, chat, and then start on the next dish.

It felt like a morning spent with friends - relaxing, informative, delicious, and super fun. I will definitely reach out to Qiao the next time we are in Chengdu, both for more cooking classes and just to share a meal with new friends.

Hands down, this was the highlight of our trip to Chengdu! And would truly recommend to anyone looking to enjoy amazing food and company in Chengdu!
Written May 22, 2016
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captainsimon
London, UK166 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
Ciao speaks good English and we had a private lesson for 6 of us(max really), preparing 2 dishs and watching 3 other dishes being made. Lots of food preparation and top tips as well.

A great insight into sizuan cooking and there was so much food to eat, we hardly eat again that day! The beer duck was fab as was the chilli cabbage and gungpo chicken.

Highly recommended.

As mentioned, it is in a residential apartment block so read the other reviews here to find your way to the place.
Written March 30, 2015
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cubfan22
Manila, Philippines91 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
My wife and I recently spent an afternoon with Chef Chau taking his cooking class. As we were in Chengdu during low tourist season, we were the only two there, so it became a private class for us, which was great!

We skipped the market tour, as we live in Asia and have been on several with other cooking classes, but if you have never been on an Asian market tour, it would be highly recommended.

One thing to keep in mind is that this class is done in Chef Chao's apartment, so the directions lead into a residential area. You have to ask the guard to let you into the gate to the apartment complex. This threw us off for a while, and we ended up being 15 minutes late for the class.

Once we arrived, Chao took us through the steps necessary to make four dishes - three of which we did ourselves and one which we observed. Chao showed us the proper steps in both the prep and cooking prior to us doing it. He was very thorough. We also learned some tips on cleaver-usage and how to quickly peel garlic.

The food was great, and we really learned the value of using Sichuan pepper. It was something I had never cooked with before, but really added a unique flavor to the food that is so loved in this area. He also allowed us to make the dishes as hot or as mild as suited each of us.

We followed the menu that he had set out for us (on a Tuesday), but if you are coming during low season, you might be the only ones, so don't let the menu that he has prepared for a certain day detract you from attending. As some other reviewers have noted, he seems flexible to change menus should attendees wish to cook something different.
Written December 17, 2014
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Greg S
Port Moody, Canada11 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
After reading Fuschia Dunlop's book "Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A sweet-sour memoir of eating in China " an account of her time spent in Chengdu where she became the first foreigner to study full-time at the province's famous cooking school, the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine..I bought a ticket and came to Chengdu to eat and discover an amazing city..It was Tripadvisor where I found Chengdu Cooking and it was something I eagerly anticipated . I was not disappointed..the afternoon I spent with Chef Qiao and his assistant Creek was one of the highlights of my trip. From the tour of the market to the time spent in the kitchen they do a wonderful, wonderful job. The Kitchen is organized and immaculate..and their passion for cooking is only transcended by their desire to share this passion. These guys love what they are doing and do it well.I had two demonstration dishes and two hands on.... and was thrilled with the results..Another reviewer described them as lovely and gracious hosts and I couldn't agree more. Sitting at their table sharing the food we made and talking about cooking was the perfect way to end a wonderful Chengdu day..
Written June 13, 2016
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Isabelle D
Hong Kong, China9 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
We had a great time with Qiao learning how to cook a series of typical Sichuanese dishes. We were a group of 6 with three kids, two parents and one grand mother. We started with a trip to the local market to pick the produce and we got an explanation along the way. The different types of peppers, the many kinds of eggs and tofu, not to mention the various parts of the pig that are edible here and that my kids never tried before (tail and ears). The cooking part was amazing, the kids learn to use the cleaver and ended up doing most of the work. The tasting of each dish was a treat, of course and it was all the more special because we knew what to order for the rest of our trip in the area. I strongly recommend the cooking class. Did I mention that we came back with all the recipes and ingredients to make those same dishes at home?
Written May 19, 2016
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NorthEastBeast
Aberdeen22 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
Just took part in the class this morning. Brilliant fun and super tasty. Started off visiting the local market with Chef Chao and my two classmates. The market was really interesting and Chao was very informative, introducing us to new spices, vegetables and showing us the sights. We then went back to his home and cooked four dishes. I picked up a lot of valuable new skills, notably using a cleaver for the first time, including using the back edge to peel garlic and the flat to peel garlic. I also learned a bit more about wok cooking too. All four dishes were tasty and simple to make. Chao is always able to provide a helping hand and I think he has something to teach everyone from the novice to the expert. Good fun and good value. I hope to get back for another class next time I'm out here.
Written October 29, 2014
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Susan L
73 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Chef He Qiao made this cooking class a real treat. Everything about it was enjoyable, interesting and delicious! 4 of us took the class - myself, my husband our adult son and his girlfriend. We are all Chinese food enthusiasts and we wanted to do something different. The chef asked us to pick our choices from his standard recipes. We countered by asking to choose what looked good at the market. We compromised on 3 chosen dishes and 1 composed on the spot. The combination was quite satisfying. We got to learn how to make some classic Sichuan dishes but also to work with the chef to improvise, really experiencing his knowledge of local ingredients. Chef He Qiao is a wonderful cook, able to clearly explain techniques. His versions of the classics were excellent. The twice-cooked pork we made with him was better than anything we ate at any restaurant. It also is very nice to away from hotels and restaurants and actually get inside an apartment complex and see how everyday Chinese live. I could not recommend this class more highly.
Written April 12, 2017
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Chitra Ramasubbu
7 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
I have a huge interest in Sichuan cooking and was trying to find a cooking class that met my needs. I finally got in touch with chef Qiao for a private class. There were additional dishes I wanted to learn and he was very flexible regarding that. He was an awesome teacher and taught me many techniques that I was unaware of. He was a pleasure to be around and we got very chatty and had a great time beyond the cooking experience itself. The food came out authentic and super delicious. I can't wait to try these recipes at home! He also gives to you pdf file with perfect measurement and ingredient names in English and Chinese.This will be so helpful when I shop at the local Chinese markets heed. He sent me out with some local Sichuan spices as a little gift. The session was 4 hours long and we made Kung pao chicken, Dan Dan noodles, boiled fish in spices,chicken cubes with chillies and mapo tofu. His mom was a pleasure as well! Thank you for an awesome experience Chef Qiao. You were a delight to be around and continue your great work.
Written October 4, 2016
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Tina N
Doha, Qatar16 contributions
Oct 2015
Chef Qiao is an enthusiastic and passionate young chef who runs the cooking classes from his own kitchen. My husband and I had a great time visiting and learning about ingredients during the local market tour and cooking authentic sichuan dishes. Thoroughly enjoyed the cooking classes and the experience of interacting with Qiao, his friend and lil Hua Hua (their dog). Must do if visiting Chengdu and interested in cooking 😊
Written September 28, 2016
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katyamade
9 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
We are a couple from New Zealand who love food, and we are always looking to learn more about food and cooking techniques around the world. We met Qiao in the morning for an interesting visit to the local market. All our burning questions about Chinese food and different ingredients were answered by Qiao, or if he didn't know the answer he asked the vendors to find out.

On return the apartment we learnt how to prepare four dishes, two of which we cooked ourselves. It was great fun and very interesting. We also got very distracted talking about different food from around the world.

We would recommend Chengdu cooking to any foodie!
Written April 20, 2016
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