The Cooking Classes
This in-depth 6 day advanced cooking course covers a wide variety of Chinese cooking methods such as stir frying, steaming and braising. You will be taught to slice and chop in the Chinese way and how to present a meal with emphasis on colour, texture, taste balance and harmony.
All classes will be hands-on and will be in a relaxed atmosphere in our specially designed kitchen in our mud brick courtyard house and our beautiful river school.
You will explore the local 2 markets with our fantastic local guides who are knowledgeable about the produce and goods on sale and have a friendly relationship with the famers and vendors to allow a deeper interaction for our participants..
Walking through the area surrounding the cooking school village location you can see the rice growing in the paddies or, indeed, being harvested. The vegetable gardens surrounding the cooking school are a picture of organisation and industry. At different times of the year you can see sesame, peanuts, beans, eggplant and of course many varieties of green vegetable. While visiting the village of Yima we can see tofu made by hand in the old way using a stone grinder.
One meal every day will be the result of your cooking class allowing time for deeper reflection and discussion as to the origins of the techniques and the stories behind each dish.
In the evenings we encourage our participants to explore the rich range of restaurants available with our recommendations including the option of dining with a wonderful local cook in his home. On your last night all the instructors will accompany you to a dinner at our favourite restaurant in Yangshuo.
Yangshuo is situated in Guanxi Province and is an hour and a half drive from Guilin Airport. There are domestic flights from most Chinese cities into Guilin Airport. International flights are available from Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur.
The stunning scenery makes for a wonderful backdrop to activities such as bike riding, rock climbing, caving, hiking and a journey on the river by boat, raft or kayak. There are also classes available in Qi Gong, tai chi and martial arts. Reflexology and massages are available.
Included in our one week course is one Chinese therapeutic massage, two Tai Chi classes, a boat journey on the Li River and a bicycle tour.
We are offering 4 Week-long Advanced Cooking Course dates during 2014. These courses are limited to only 10 participants – so book now to secure a place for you and your friends and family.
If you have a group of people then we are happy to discuss other dates.
For reservations check the 'Contact Us Page'. We take bookings up until 6pm on the evening before classes