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Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes

By HK Magazine (updated on 24 November 2017)

Fancy learning a new skill while you’re traveling? Roll up your sleeves and book on one of Hong Kong’s many cookery courses. Whether you’re looking to master a wok, whip up some dim sum or identify your spices, there are lessons to suit every palate. Bon appétit!

6 Senses Cooking Studio
6 Senses Cooking Studio

Having traveled the globe to explore different cuisines, founder and chief instructor Denice Wai opened 6 Senses Cooking Studio in 2004 in the hopes of teaching others how to create healthy dishes using a combination of Eastern and Western flavors. Her class schedules and menus are available online, so you know what you’re signing up for.

Address: Unit E, 3/F, Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau St., Tai Kok Tsui
Tel: +852 2838 9905
Website: www.s6nses.com
Chinese Culinary Institute
Chinese Culinary Institute

Release your inner dim sum chef and learn some serious knife skills with the Chinese Culinary Institute. This is where Hong Kong’s top chefs are trained, so depending on how seriously you want to take this, there are several options: full-time and part-time diplomas, or one-day intro sessions. Perhaps start small with the “Fun Kitchen” —a four-hour immersion in the art of Chinese cooking. You’ll get a demo from one of CCI’s chefs in the large, hi-tech kitchens, before you get hands-on with your choice of southern or northern dim sum, or wok-cooking. Deep-fried soufflé balls with bean paste and banana? Piece of (turnip) cake. The reward for all your hard work is lunch, cooked for you by full-time trainees. So you’d better hope the training is good.

Address: 7/F, 145 Pok Fu Lam Rd., Pok Fu Lam
Tel: +852 2538 2371
Website: www.cci.edu.hk
Cooking with the Culinary Stars

These lessons are a cut above the rest: “Cooking with the Culinary Stars” is taught by the Intercontinental Hotel’s top restaurant chefs from Spoon by Alain Ducasse, Yan Toh Heen, The Steak House and Nobu. The experts will demonstrate their dishes, before joining you for a champagne lunch. Learn to whip up some salt-baked chicken, or work with high-end ingredients like yellowtail, jalapeño, black cod and rock shrimp tempura.

Address: Intercontinental Hotel, 18 Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 2313 2323
Website: www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
Coriander Connections

Originally from Pakistan, Shahnaz Barker first tested her culinary talents while helping to cater parties and get-togethers in Karachi. Now a caterer in Hong Kong, Shahnaz also offers customized classes in her Discovery Bay kitchen for those who want to learn how to cook healthy Asian food, with an emphasis on Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

Tel: +852 6698 5810
Website: www.corianderconnections.com
Coup Kitchen

For those with a sweet tooth, these pastry classes taught by former head chef of the Excelsior Hotel, Alfred Cheung, will satisfy your cravings. Divulging all his secrets on pastries, tortes, cakes, chocolates and sugar work, the 2.5-hour classes at Coup Kitchen put a modern Asian spin on desserts—tackling fusions such as guava mousse cake, green tea lychee domes, mango yogurt cheesecake and pandan roll with red bean. Classes come at beginner, intermediate or advanced levels.

Address: 8/F, Morecrown Commercial Building, 108 Electric Rd., Tin Hau
Tel: +852 2508 0666
Website: www.coup.com.hk
Geeta’s Kitchen

Vegetarian Indian cuisine is tricky, but Geeta’s Kitchen will help you master the different flavor combinations and necessary techniques. With over 55 years of cooking experience, Geeta teaches classes with daughter Veena every weekend in Tsim Sha Tsui and can tailor them to suit teenagers as well as adults, with group or private lessons. Learn about fresh, home-ground spices, herbs and curry pastes with Geeta’s demonstrations and tutorials. You’ll taste all the dishes she prepares and also get handy take-home sachets of the various herbs and spices used. It’s everything you need to turn up the heat in the kitchen.

Tel: +852 9167 5431
Email: geetakitchen@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/geetaskitchen/
Martha Sherpa’s Cooking School
Martha Sherpa’s Cooking School

Relocated from Mong Kok to North Point, Martha Sherpa’s Cooking School offers a range of all-day, half-day and evening classes. As a professional Chinese cookery teacher, Martha is most well-known for her Chinese wok and Chinese BBQ courses, which will teach you how to stir-fry, deep-fry, braise, slow cook, steam, cut and marinate, as well as prepare and work with common sauces. If you want to go one step further, add in a wet market tour too. Martha also offers dim sum classes, veggie cooking sessions and evening lessons in Hong Kong-style desserts, plus all-day Thai cooking classes.

Address: Flat F, 14/F, Wah Lai Mansion, 62-76 Marble Rd., North Point
Tel: +852 2381 0132
Website: www.marthasherpa.com
Sav’s Cooking
Sav’s Cooking

If you have a soft spot for vegetarian food and don’t mind a spicy kick, then you may want to give Savita Winslow a call. Originally from New Delhi, India, Winslow came to Hong Kong several years ago and found herself missing her mom’s home-cooked food. She started her own cooking classes to teach people how to prepare Indian food—and we’re not just talking butter chicken. Winslow’s classes cover a range of Indian dishes, such as dhal palak (lentils cooked with spinach), hot zucchini dip and delicious lassi yogurt drinks. At the end of the lessons, which take place in Chung Hom Kok, you get to take home the ingredients, as well as a copy of the recipes.

Address: 61 South Bay Rd., South Bay
Tel: +852 9311 9273
Website: www.savscooking.com
Thai Cooking Class at Home

If the aromas and flavors of Thai cuisine leave you salivating, learn how to whip up a mean green curry or mouthwatering pad Thai in your own home, courtesy of chef Napa. Once you’ve selected at least three dishes from her extensive online menu, Napa’s three-hour instruction includes a market visit to shop for ingredients and a lesson in your own kitchen—where you can help out as little or as much as you like. If you want to add more strings to your bow, sign up for the package that teaches you three signature dishes from each of these five southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, India and Burma.

Tel: +852 9104 5590
Website: www.thaicookingclassathome.com

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