Everywhere I go, I do my best to seek out local experiences. When visiting Taipei, I arranged a cooking class with CookInn Taiwan. I’ve been on a real dumpling making kick lately and wanted to learn the best techniques from professionals! This experience included a food market tour and cooking class for Xiao Long Bao, Beef Noodle, Taiwanese Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Bubble Tea.
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At 9:30 in the morning we met at the CookInn Taiwan kitchen, centrally located in the middle of the city. Once we got settled in, we were off to the food market to see where the locals shopped and learn some interesting facts along the way, we also stopped at the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. The market was just nearby the kitchen, so it wasn’t very difficult to walk there, only about 10 minutes.
Once at the market, I was quite impressed with how orderly, friendly and clean it was. As we worked our way through the market, we learned about different ingredients and how they were used in local cuisine. I’ve encountered most of these items while living in Asia but a few I hadn’t!
Once we finished with the market tour, we were back to the kitchen to learn how to cook Xiao Long Bao, Beef Noodle, Taiwanese Smashed Cucumber Salad, and Bubble Tea. We worked our way through from beginning to end on each item. As I mentioned, I was most curious about dumpling making techniques, which I learned a whole lot of! Mission success.
Once finished preparing, it was time to feast! Everything tasted lovely, even my misshapen dumplings! At this point I was basically ravenous because I skipped breakfast, which was a mistake. I really learned a lot from this day of exploring and cooking!
The whole experience was fairly well thought out from start to finish. The staff were friendly and the kitchen was very clean and modern. Once complete, we were supplied a recipe book with our picture on the front, which was a nice customized touch. If you’re interested in making Xiao Long Bao, Beef Noodle, Taiwanese Smashed Cucumber Salad, or Bubble Tea, this is the experience for you! I truly enjoyed my time with CookInn Taiwan!
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