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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 class
  • 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 pork, vegetarian or 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 or vegan meal and is more than happy to customize the menu as per your requirements, so please do let her know your preference when creating your 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 or vegan version) or Chinese Pancake (beef or vegan)
  • Spring Roll (vegan) or stir-fried bockchoy with Black Mushroom (vegan)
  • Tomato Egg Drop Soup (vegetarian) or Fermented Glutinous Rice with Banana Soup (Vegan)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

​​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.

Stephanie, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
It was such a nice experience!!Anna and her mom were so kind, sincere and friendly. I could have a look and get an explanation about making dumplings with various ingredients and sauce.She took photos during the class and made a cute video! She also gave me a recipe on e-mail. It was a perfect time. I highly recommend this experience if you have interest in cooking healthy and traditional Chinese food!
- min_suuuu November 21, 2019
We spent half a day with Anna. We took a short cab ride to a local intersection where we met Anna. We walked to a nearby market to get the ingredients. The market was an experience in itself with everything from from fish and meats to eels to chicken feet to all types of indigenous vegetables. We enjoyed seeing everything that was available and Anna's interactions with the vendors. We then returned to Anna's home to prepare the dumplings. She guided us through the process and was worked easily to tailer our experience to our level of cooking competence. We worked together to chop and dice the various ingredients into three distinct filling mixtures - one pork and two veggie. We then rolled out the dough and filled and formed the dumplings. These were steamed or fried and then eaten. Anna's mother joined us at the end to help and we all enjoyed our creations. They were delicious. Anna's gentle instruction made us feel very comfortable and confident. After our visit Anna sent us a photo compilation of the event and the recipe. We believe cooking together is the best way to gain a connection with local cultures and people. This experience was exceptional.
- badgers78 October 27, 2019
Loved my time with Ana, market tour, cooking....and finally eating those delicious dumplings! Highly recommended!
- H976VOkarenh September 09, 2019
Ana and her mom were very gracious and sweet. It was a great private tutorial making dumplings and she will customize the menu for what you want. We made them at home and they turned out great!
- FaithNYC April 23, 2019
Was one of the best parts of our trip to Shanghai. If you come to Shanghai and skip this experience it would be a shame. Ana and her Mom were so hospitable, friendly and amazing cooks!
- I3238XImikep April 19, 2019
Me and my two friends signed up for this class during our week-long trip to Shanghai. We really enjoyed getting to know Anna and she was so sweet throughout the entire experience! We made a total of three different dumpling types (pork with fennel, pork with celery, and a vegan filling) and we had so much fun learning how to make the wrappers, mix the fillings, and wrap the dumplings. Before that, we also went with Anna to the local market to buy ingredients. It was truly an immersive experience and Anna was so welcoming to us in her home, where she also cooked us tomato egg drop soup to go with our dumplings. I could not recommend this experience enough!
- Sarah Kelly T April 03, 2019
Ana explained me inside the market many medicinal properties of different vegetable for one’s health. She showed a lot of patience until I almost got the folding of dumpling right. I was amazed to see all what can be prepared in the kitchen with just two chopsticks. I spend a very interesting and pleasant evening with both Ana and her mother and can highly recommend this interesting experience in their company.
- Touristlookingaround January 29, 2019
My daughter and I wanted to know how to make filled steamed buns , so Anna got together the ingredients and showed us , from the dough to the filling and cooking.We also had time to make some fried filled pancakes from the leftover dough .Despite being pushed for time ( we were late , coming from deep South Shanghai) Anna also showed us how to make a delicious hot and sour soup . We will be attempting all three recipes when we get home.It was a great experience - Anna and her mum are patient and fun thanks very much
- Martin H January 10, 2019
I 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!
- laf812 June 30, 2018
If you're looking for a very authentic experience of making (and then eating!) dumplings while in Shanghai then choose this! I really enjoyed the evening I spent with Anna in her home. Anna is friendly and knowledgeable. It was a fun way to learn about making dumplings. I can't say that I was very good at rolling the dough into small circles (mine were always oval!) or creating the best folds while forming the dumplings. However Anna was full of compliments and also provided a lot of assistance.
- WalkSign April 08, 2018
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Anna

$50-$84 USD

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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
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 pork, vegetarian or 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 or vegan meal and is more than happy to customize the menu as per your requirements, so please do let her know your preference when creating your 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 or vegan version) or Chinese Pancake (beef or vegan)
  • Spring Roll (vegan) or stir-fried bockchoy with Black Mushroom (vegan)
  • Tomato Egg Drop Soup (vegetarian) or Fermented Glutinous Rice with Banana Soup (Vegan)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

​​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.

Stephanie, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
It was such a nice experience!!Anna and her mom were so kind, sincere and friendly. I could have a look and get an explanation about making dumplings with various ingredients and sauce.She took photos during the class and made a cute video! She also gave me a recipe on e-mail. It was a perfect time. I highly recommend this experience if you have interest in cooking healthy and traditional Chinese food!
- min_suuuu November 21, 2019
We spent half a day with Anna. We took a short cab ride to a local intersection where we met Anna. We walked to a nearby market to get the ingredients. The market was an experience in itself with everything from from fish and meats to eels to chicken feet to all types of indigenous vegetables. We enjoyed seeing everything that was available and Anna's interactions with the vendors. We then returned to Anna's home to prepare the dumplings. She guided us through the process and was worked easily to tailer our experience to our level of cooking competence. We worked together to chop and dice the various ingredients into three distinct filling mixtures - one pork and two veggie. We then rolled out the dough and filled and formed the dumplings. These were steamed or fried and then eaten. Anna's mother joined us at the end to help and we all enjoyed our creations. They were delicious. Anna's gentle instruction made us feel very comfortable and confident. After our visit Anna sent us a photo compilation of the event and the recipe. We believe cooking together is the best way to gain a connection with local cultures and people. This experience was exceptional.
- badgers78 October 27, 2019
Loved my time with Ana, market tour, cooking....and finally eating those delicious dumplings! Highly recommended!
- H976VOkarenh September 09, 2019
Ana and her mom were very gracious and sweet. It was a great private tutorial making dumplings and she will customize the menu for what you want. We made them at home and they turned out great!
- FaithNYC April 23, 2019
Was one of the best parts of our trip to Shanghai. If you come to Shanghai and skip this experience it would be a shame. Ana and her Mom were so hospitable, friendly and amazing cooks!
- I3238XImikep April 19, 2019
Me and my two friends signed up for this class during our week-long trip to Shanghai. We really enjoyed getting to know Anna and she was so sweet throughout the entire experience! We made a total of three different dumpling types (pork with fennel, pork with celery, and a vegan filling) and we had so much fun learning how to make the wrappers, mix the fillings, and wrap the dumplings. Before that, we also went with Anna to the local market to buy ingredients. It was truly an immersive experience and Anna was so welcoming to us in her home, where she also cooked us tomato egg drop soup to go with our dumplings. I could not recommend this experience enough!
- Sarah Kelly T April 03, 2019
Ana explained me inside the market many medicinal properties of different vegetable for one’s health. She showed a lot of patience until I almost got the folding of dumpling right. I was amazed to see all what can be prepared in the kitchen with just two chopsticks. I spend a very interesting and pleasant evening with both Ana and her mother and can highly recommend this interesting experience in their company.
- Touristlookingaround January 29, 2019
My daughter and I wanted to know how to make filled steamed buns , so Anna got together the ingredients and showed us , from the dough to the filling and cooking.We also had time to make some fried filled pancakes from the leftover dough .Despite being pushed for time ( we were late , coming from deep South Shanghai) Anna also showed us how to make a delicious hot and sour soup . We will be attempting all three recipes when we get home.It was a great experience - Anna and her mum are patient and fun thanks very much
- Martin H January 10, 2019
I 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!
- laf812 June 30, 2018
If you're looking for a very authentic experience of making (and then eating!) dumplings while in Shanghai then choose this! I really enjoyed the evening I spent with Anna in her home. Anna is friendly and knowledgeable. It was a fun way to learn about making dumplings. I can't say that I was very good at rolling the dough into small circles (mine were always oval!) or creating the best folds while forming the dumplings. However Anna was full of compliments and also provided a lot of assistance.
- WalkSign April 08, 2018
Read More
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
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