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Host: Anna

Shanghai, China

USD
$50-$84 per person

Cook traditional and healthy Chinese dumplings with Anna and her mother

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Anna

Anna was always interested in food and cooking! She initially learned to cook from her mother (who also joins you during your experience) and then later taught herself various cooking techniques through books. Anna studied traditional Chinese medicine based food therapy for 10 years and says a proper diet can help cure chronic diseases. Before the existence of modern medicine, we solely depended on food, herbal medicine, and other natural methods to treat diseases and preserve health. Today Anna conducts various workshops and classes to teach the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine. Her work inspires many people worldwide to cook and eat healthy and she would love to share this with travelers as well.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Anna lives in an old building in a modest home in Gubei, known for being one of the safest and quietest neighborhoods in Shanghai. Anna says to make food tasty is not difficult but to make food both healthy and delicious is the challenge. She has successfully mastered this art and will share with you traditional Chinese dishes that she grew up eating that are not only delicious but also healthy. You will join Anna and her mother at the table to share a meal that may include dishes such as jiaozi (Chinese dumplings), baozi (steamed buns), noodles with mixed vegetable, Chinese leek pancakes or spring rolls. Immerse yourself in an experience that gives you a glimpse of local life in Shanghai as well as an understanding of Chinese food culture, food therapy and the stories behind each dish.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) During your cooking class you will learn to make vegetarian and vegan jiaozi dumplings from scratch with Anna and her mother. Anna makes a healthy version of traditional Chinese dishes. You'll learn Chinese chopping and stir-fry techniques to prepare quick and easy recipes that you can easily recreate at home. Anna will also show you how to combine various ingredients to bring out the best flavors in each dish. Your cooking class will last for 1-2 hours before you join Anna and her mother at the table to enjoy the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Anna will take you to the farmers market, a 5-10 minute walk from Anna’s home where you may purchase local, fresh vegetables for your meal. After you pick up a few ingredients from the market, you will return to her home to cook with your produce and create something delicious!

Notes: Anna can offer a vegetarian and vegan meal and is more than happy to customize the menu as per your requirements, so please do let her know your preference while creating the booking.

Languages spoken: English, Chinese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Celery and Boiled Peanut Salad (vegan) or Lotus Root with Black Fungus (vegan)
  • Yu Xiang Rou Si (can be chicken, can be a vegan version) or Chinese Pancake (can be beef, can be a vegan version)
  • Spring Roll (vegan) or stir-fried bockchoy with Black Mushroom (vegan)
  • Tomato Egg Drop Soup (vegetarian) or Fermented Glutinous Rice with Banana Soup (Vegan)

Traveler reviews

Anna is great and we learned much about Chinese cooking an cooking in general. The experience was over the top great!
- Richard October 01, 2018

Spending an evening with Anna at her home and learning how to make dumplings is one of my most memorable Shanghai experiences. Anna was so accommodating, she was happy to start her evening cooking class an hour earlier for me so I could be at the airport in time to catch a plane later that evening. Anna speaks excellent English and I enjoyed the evening in her company, sitting at her kitchen table as we chatted about our love for food and cooking. I learned how to make two fabulous dumpling fillings pork and celery, egg and chives and we then made and rolled out from scratch, color of the rainbow dumpling dough. Once steamed, we sat down together Anna knocked up an amazing salad of cucumber, tofu, mung bean and sesame dressing and we enjoyed dinner together. This was truly a special evening for me and if you are a foodie and would like to do something a little different while you are in Shanghai, I highly highly recommend this experience.
- Simeon October 01, 2018

booked this cooking class as a birthday presentation for my Husband and it was such an enjoyable and authentic experience. Anna tailored the dishes to our request and it was lovely to be welcomed into her home. She put so much heart and effort into each dish and teaching us about the different benefits of each ingredient. It feels great to also support someone who is truly genuine about putting together an educational and authentic experience for people who want to learn how to make local dishes. Highly recommend if you want a cooking class that is off the beaten track! -
- Lee June 30, 2018

​​Anna is very sweet and friendly and it was easy to have a conversation with her. Cooking with Anna is a lovely experience and a nice way to experience Shanghai. She's very knowledgeable about food and how to make healthier versions of traditional dishes. I love Jiaozi and she made several variations of the dumplings. Making dumplings with her reminded me of the dumplings my mother used to prepare for me when I was a child.

Not only did I enjoy meeting Anna, I had a lovely time meeting her mother who also cooked with us. Although there was a language barrier with her mother, we were still able to connect and have a fun time.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador, Stephanie

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Anna

$50-$84 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $74 $64
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $74 $64
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 3:00pm-7:00pm

Meet Anna

Anna was always interested in food and cooking! She initially learned to cook from her mother (who also joins you during your experience) and then later taught herself various cooking techniques through books. Anna studied traditional Chinese medicine based food therapy for 10 years and says a proper diet can help cure chronic diseases. Before the existence of modern medicine, we solely depended on food, herbal medicine, and other natural methods to treat diseases and preserve health. Today Anna conducts various workshops and classes to teach the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine. Her work inspires many people worldwide to cook and eat healthy and she would love to share this with travelers as well.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Anna lives in an old building in a modest home in Gubei, known for being one of the safest and quietest neighborhoods in Shanghai. Anna says to make food tasty is not difficult but to make food both healthy and delicious is the challenge. She has successfully mastered this art and will share with you traditional Chinese dishes that she grew up eating that are not only delicious but also healthy. You will join Anna and her mother at the table to share a meal that may include dishes such as jiaozi (Chinese dumplings), baozi (steamed buns), noodles with mixed vegetable, Chinese leek pancakes or spring rolls. Immerse yourself in an experience that gives you a glimpse of local life in Shanghai as well as an understanding of Chinese food culture, food therapy and the stories behind each dish.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) During your cooking class you will learn to make vegetarian and vegan jiaozi dumplings from scratch with Anna and her mother. Anna makes a healthy version of traditional Chinese dishes. You'll learn Chinese chopping and stir-fry techniques to prepare quick and easy recipes that you can easily recreate at home. Anna will also show you how to combine various ingredients to bring out the best flavors in each dish. Your cooking class will last for 1-2 hours before you join Anna and her mother at the table to enjoy the meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Anna will take you to the farmers market, a 5-10 minute walk from Anna’s home where you may purchase local, fresh vegetables for your meal. After you pick up a few ingredients from the market, you will return to her home to cook with your produce and create something delicious!

Notes: Anna can offer a vegetarian and vegan meal and is more than happy to customize the menu as per your requirements, so please do let her know your preference while creating the booking.

Languages spoken: English, Chinese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Celery and Boiled Peanut Salad (vegan) or Lotus Root with Black Fungus (vegan)
  • Yu Xiang Rou Si (can be chicken, can be a vegan version) or Chinese Pancake (can be beef, can be a vegan version)
  • Spring Roll (vegan) or stir-fried bockchoy with Black Mushroom (vegan)
  • Tomato Egg Drop Soup (vegetarian) or Fermented Glutinous Rice with Banana Soup (Vegan)

Traveler reviews

Anna is great and we learned much about Chinese cooking an cooking in general. The experience was over the top great!
- Richard October 01, 2018

Spending an evening with Anna at her home and learning how to make dumplings is one of my most memorable Shanghai experiences. Anna was so accommodating, she was happy to start her evening cooking class an hour earlier for me so I could be at the airport in time to catch a plane later that evening. Anna speaks excellent English and I enjoyed the evening in her company, sitting at her kitchen table as we chatted about our love for food and cooking. I learned how to make two fabulous dumpling fillings pork and celery, egg and chives and we then made and rolled out from scratch, color of the rainbow dumpling dough. Once steamed, we sat down together Anna knocked up an amazing salad of cucumber, tofu, mung bean and sesame dressing and we enjoyed dinner together. This was truly a special evening for me and if you are a foodie and would like to do something a little different while you are in Shanghai, I highly highly recommend this experience.
- Simeon October 01, 2018

booked this cooking class as a birthday presentation for my Husband and it was such an enjoyable and authentic experience. Anna tailored the dishes to our request and it was lovely to be welcomed into her home. She put so much heart and effort into each dish and teaching us about the different benefits of each ingredient. It feels great to also support someone who is truly genuine about putting together an educational and authentic experience for people who want to learn how to make local dishes. Highly recommend if you want a cooking class that is off the beaten track! -
- Lee June 30, 2018

​​Anna is very sweet and friendly and it was easy to have a conversation with her. Cooking with Anna is a lovely experience and a nice way to experience Shanghai. She's very knowledgeable about food and how to make healthier versions of traditional dishes. I love Jiaozi and she made several variations of the dumplings. Making dumplings with her reminded me of the dumplings my mother used to prepare for me when I was a child.

Not only did I enjoy meeting Anna, I had a lovely time meeting her mother who also cooked with us. Although there was a language barrier with her mother, we were still able to connect and have a fun time.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador, Stephanie

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $74 $64
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $50
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$84 $74 $64
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm 3:00pm-7:00pm
FAQ

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