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Half-Day Chengdu Courtyard Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit provided by Chilli Cool China

Half-Day Chengdu Courtyard Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit

Half-Day Chengdu Courtyard Cooking Class with Local Spice Market Visit
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During this 4-5 hours unique cooking workshop, you’ll be taken into an authentic local spice market to explore it with fun challenges to complete and learn different species of Sichuan spices and ingredients that will be used in the following cooking class. The class will be carried out in a traditional Sichuan style courtyard. You’ll be treated with Sichuan local tea as it’s local’s custom to treat friends and visitors. After that, you then will be guide to start the cooking process by a professional chef in a cozy kitchen. Finally, you can enjoy the dishes made by yourself along with some beers or beverages. For it’s really informative, interesting and fun, this class will be an unforgettable experience in your lifetime.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
What to expect
  • Meet up your guide at the hotel lobby, and then your guide will take you to explore the dazzling local spice market with the assigned challenge for you to obtain some special ingredients and spices which will be used in the cooking class afterwards. After the fun experience in the local spice market, you will take a walk through the back streets to a hidden gem - a traditional Sichuan courtyard restaurant where soon the ingredients and spices you collected from the market will be put in use. Another break will be taken place in the courtyard with Sichuan Gaiwan tea as the traditional custom to entertain guests. After learning Sichuan tea culture, the food preparations will be guided by the professional chef. Follow your chef 's instructions step by step to process food till it gets well done. Enjoy your lunch or dinner that cooked by yourself. You will also enjoy the refreshments during the class.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet up your guide at the hotel lobby, and then your guide will take you to explore the dazzling local spice market with the assigned challenge for you to obtain some special ingredients and spices which will be used in the cooking class afterwards. After the fun experience in the local spice market, you will take a walk through the back streets to a hidden gem - a traditional Sichuan courtyard restaurant where soon the ingredients and spices you collected from the market will be put in use. Another break will be taken place in the courtyard with Sichuan Gaiwan tea as the traditional custom to entertain guests. After learning Sichuan tea culture, the food preparations will be guided by the professional chef. Follow your chef 's instructions step by step to process food till it gets well done. Enjoy your lunch or dinner that cooked by yourself. You will also enjoy the refreshments during the class.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 58228P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • English speaking guide
  • Market tour
  • Food ingredients
  • Afternoon tea
  • Beverages/beer
  • Light refreshments
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch or dinner based on your class schedule
  • Recipes
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4–5 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can pick you up at your chengdu hotel (If your hotel is in the second ring road of Chengdu city)
  • Renmin Middle Road 3rd Section, Ren Min Zhong Lu San Duan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China If your hotel is not in the second ring road of Chengdu city, we can meet you at the starting point: Wenshu monstery metro station exit k(文殊院地铁站K口). The meeting time for morning class is 8:50am and afternoon class is 1:50pm.
  • Chengdu Zhangjia Alley Elementary School, Zhang Jia Xiang, Cheng Huang Miao, Jinniu Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • English speaking guide
  • Market tour
  • Food ingredients
  • Afternoon tea
  • Beverages/beer
  • Light refreshments
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch or dinner based on your class schedule
  • Recipes
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We can pick you up at your chengdu hotel (If your hotel is in the second ring road of Chengdu city)
  • Renmin Middle Road 3rd Section, Ren Min Zhong Lu San Duan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China If your hotel is not in the second ring road of Chengdu city, we can meet you at the starting point: Wenshu monstery metro station exit k(文殊院地铁站K口). The meeting time for morning class is 8:50am and afternoon class is 1:50pm.
  • Chengdu Zhangjia Alley Elementary School, Zhang Jia Xiang, Cheng Huang Miao, Jinniu Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4–5 hours
Return details
  • Chengdu Zhangjia Alley Elementary School, Zhang Jia Xiang, Cheng Huang Miao, Jinniu Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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David Jackson
Beijing, China7 contributions
Cheng-Do This Cooking Class!
Oct 2020 • Friends
My friend David and I decided to take this class on the recommendation of a friend, and we were not disappointed.

Our tour started with a jaunt through the local market. The knowledgeable and lovely Ocean the low-down on all the local ingredients and how they are used in Sichuan cuisine. My favorite part was learning about the “pigs-anus” vegetable, that despite the name, actually tastes good.

For the second part of the tour we went and cooked three dishes guided by a real chef. This was my favorite part of the afternoon, as we cut, roasted, and mixed, I really felt like I learned how to make a few of my favorite Sichuan dishes.

This experience is highly recommended for anyone who is heading to Chengdu, and wants to learn how the amazing cuisine here gets made.

- David and David.
Written 6 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Emily Kluge
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
Lots of fun, delicious food and friendly faces!
Jan 2020
I had a great experience cooking at Chilli Cool. Lance is fantastic at hosting cooking classes at the Chilli Cool Kitchen. He multitasked as a spice market tour guide, translator and photographer. Not only did I learn how to cook delicious Sichuan style food with a wok, but I got plenty of great photos of the experience. He also had spice market challenges for us that helped us interact with local people - very memorable!
I highly recommend this experience. (One tip: many buildings in Sichuan don't have central heating, so make sure you dress warmly enough.)
Written 31 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dominique S
Loftus, Australia3 contributions
An amazing afternoon exploring & cooking
Jan 2020
My partner and I booked this tour due to the great reviews on trip advisor. We were not disappointed. Lance picked us up at our hotel and we meet the other people on our tour. We drove to the local market where Lance taught us about all of the different produce in Chengdu. We saw interesting animals and vegetables that I had never heard of. We had the opportunity to try samples of different traditional snacks and even made wontons. We went back to the tea house, enjoyed tea and some local snacks and met the chef we were cooking with. We cooked 3 amazing tasting dishes. It was a great afternoon learning about traditional Sichuan cuisine and learning more about the culture through Lance. We will definitely be cooking these meals back home if we can find all of the ingredients!! I would do this experience over again! Thank you Lance for a wonderful tour!
Written 21 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lucy Win
2 contributions
Had a great afternoon with Lance!!
Jan 2020 • Solo
Had a really nice afternoon chatting and cooking with Lance. Really enjoyed the tour - he was very informative, and told me loads about Chinese culture! Would 100% recommend!
Written 13 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 18 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Christin Janke
8 contributions
Getting to know Chengdu with Lance and ChillyCool
Jan 2020 • Family
We had an amazing time cooking with Lance! He was our guide and explained anything we wanted to know. Best way to get to know Chengdu!
Written 10 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 10 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robbie O
Arlington, VA4 contributions
Market tour and cooking class
Lance was an amazing guide! And his English was impeccable. They maintain an amazing cooking center and lounge next to the local market, with exceptional cooking equipment. Everyone who visits Chengdu NEEDS to take a tour and class!
Written 10 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Lance also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 10 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Darren Ó
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Unique experience
Oct 2019 • Family
My two kids and I had a great time on this tour and cooking class. The spice market was really cool, we got to try some spring rolls made fresh and tried our hand at making some dumplings in the market. The cooking class was a lot of fun where we made Kung Pao Chicken and Ma Po tofu.
Tour guide, Hazel, was friendly and knowledgeable.
Would recommend to anyone visiting Chengdu.
Written 7 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Hazel also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 9 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Brendan M
Albany, NY8 contributions
This is what TripAdviser is meant for
I just completed a two and a half week trip around China. This was certainly the most memorable part. Our guide Hazel, was very informative and helpful and her english was great! She explained what types of food to get in the marketplace, helped us learn how to ask for them, and showed us what to look for in terms of quality. Afterwards, we earned how to cook from a terrific chef who critiqued our skills using various techniques and tools. Finally we enjoyed our food together as a group and had a lovely chat before parting ways.
These kinds of experiences are what I imagine TripAdviser was built for.
Written 6 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Hazel also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 6 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MaaikeWachters
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
Great fun!
The Chilli Cool cooking class was a highlight of our stay in Chengdu. Really enjoyed learning more about the Sichuan style of cooking and the ingredients used. Our guide and the chef were great teachers and we received the recipes and pictures right after the class. Highly recommended! Can't wait to try these recipes at home :)
Written 2 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Your guide also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 3 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jbucktn
Nashville, TN37 contributions
Excellent venture!
Dec 2019
What a great time! We were met at our hotel by Hazel, who was English efficient and had a great personality. She took us to the marketplace, explained all of the local herbs, customs, and items in detail, answered many questions, knew the local retailers, Hazel even had some surprises for us en route to the cooking class.

The cooking class was excellent, not rushed, and plenty of food. Hazel made sure that we were taken care of, took pictures for us, and even followed up on WeChat. Thank you so much, Hazel, we enjoyed it, and you were a great host. If you are considering this tour, do it. We were delighted with the experience.
Written 1 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi my friend, Thanks for giving us this wonderful review on Chilli Cool Cooking Class. It's so kind of you! We are so appreciate it you gave this review to us. Hazel also had a good time with you guys. Please visit Chengdu again and contact us. Have a nice day! With best wishes! Chilli Cool China
Written 1 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Spiffytee
Spiffytee
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Hot pot extravaganza
We did the half day Chendu Back Alley Foodie tour. Lance was our guide and he was very knowledgeable about differe
436antoinek
436antoinek
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A great day in Chengdu
Really good time. My guide, Ocean, was super nice and knowledgeable. Made my short trip in Chengdu much better than
alice6733
alice6733
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BEST food I had in China
This was one of my favorite experiences during my month long tour in China. It was so fun to explore the food marke
Michael F
Michael F
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Amazing experience
The excursion to the local spice market in a small group was a great experience and cooking together was great fun.
azitant
azitant
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A great way to end my trip in Chengdu
I had a lot of fun at my half day cooking class with Lance. His English is amazing and he was very welcoming. It wa
meganmE4870VG
meganmE4870VG
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Perfect half day activity
My partner and I did a half day cooking class here with translator and guide Lance. This was the perfect activity t
Jossmurph
Jossmurph
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Great cooking class!
We had a blast touring the spice market and cooking some really yummy foods. Lance was a great leader and would do
ChrissyTin
ChrissyTin
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Wonderful day with „Chilli Cool China“
We had a fantastic day with Lance. We visited the local market, learned all about Chinese spices and local Food. We
tiansquared
tiansquared
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Amazing cooking class! Highly recommend!
My husband and I came to Chengdu mainly because of our love of Sichuan food and taking a cooking class was high on
sebastiang844
sebastiang844
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“Chilli cool culinary experience”
Had an awesome time with Lance, our local tour guide. Had an exceptional time tasting cooking and making new friend
AurelNouschin
AurelNouschin
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Sichuan cooking class + local market visit
Thank you Lance for this incredible afternoon ! It was a pleasure to discover a local market and learn how to make
unhuic
unhuic
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Great cooking experience
Was a great afternoon walking through a local market and then cooking some popular dishes from the region. Pick up
mdwpdx
mdwpdx
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Wonderful time and well worth it
Ocean was a terrific guide; we ate and ate and ate some more and it was fabulous - ending with a Hot Pot dinner. I
tudori144
tudori144
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Excellent good tour
The food was incredible as Ocean made sure we had a great time. She took us around the Wenshu temple in addition to
Andy C
Andy C
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Chilli Cool China cooking class was amazing!
The tour guide was excellent and her local knowledge of the unique market food was a educational. The cooking clas
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