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“Great fun for all!”
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Socialtours
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Walking Tour of Kathmandu to Ason Markets
Ranked #1 of 43 Shopping in Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A small part of Nepal has had a big earthquake in April 2015. We participated in relief and are now working in recovery. socialtours is open for business, and we are even more determined to be professional, and build back better. You can help us in the process. Tourism is more important than ever. A free day in Kathmandu or Pokhara can still be a day of discovery. Discovery of Local Food and Cuisine, of local handicrafts producers, or organic food, or a discovery of livelihoods, or the insides of Buddhism. At socialtours, we believe that these unplanned days will be the moments you will remember the most in Nepal, whether you learn how to cook, go to a coffee farm, or just cycle around the small picturesque communities around these cities, or hike on our 8000'ers of Kathmandu (yeah, 8000 ft. not meters). Yes, we also conduct off beat treks and adventure activities around these magnificent day inspirations. Talk to us, we will HIGHLIGHT your trip to Nepal.
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“Great fun for all!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We decided to do the cooking class for my friends birthday and really glad we did as was great fun, learnt how to make MoMo's and then you get to eat them all at the end. It is very professionally run and all the staff are very friendly and competent. A must if you enjoy cooking and are in Kathmandu

Visited May 2014
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Thanks Flying Kiwi - glad you choose our course for such an important event in your friends life and very very happy that it went well, and you appreciate the professionalism with which it is delivered! Hope to see you in Nepal again!
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“Momo class was fantastic!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We headed down to Thamel for our momo cooking class at Social Tours the other day. Two other people were there. They had joined the class late, so since Mom and I booked first, we had chosen to make momos, and specifically, veg momos and spinach and cheese momos. It was such a fun class!

The teacher was a young Nepali woman named Sockun. She was so nice. She learned to make momos from her sister.

First, she took us shopping! We went to a stall that you walked inside of, and it took up two or three normal stall spaces. These are spaces like at a storage facility, where the front metal door rolls up like a garage door. This one had vegetables and cookies and breads. We bought onions (red and green) cabbage, tomatoes, and a carrot, plus some fresh ginger and garlic, and also some spices. Then we went to a third stall that had what looked like a refrigerated counter, but I couldn’t tell if it was actually kept cold. Inside were several kinds of cheese. We bought four blocks of what looked like smoked cheddar. I asked Sockun what kind of cheese it was, and she said, “Yak cheese”.

Then, we walked back to the Social Tours office. We went around the side and to the rear of the building, where we found a beautiful kitchen. It has a big counter with a built-in propane stove, and cubby hole shelving along the back wall with utensils, mixing bowls, and dishes. There was a sink in the corner, and a table with a large jug of drinking water.

Sockun put us to working chopping vegetables. She washed them three times in tap water, then three more in the bottled water. She made us chop them very fine.

She cooked the tomatoes for about ten or fifteen minutes for the sauces: a spicy hot pickle, and a peanut sauce (yes it had tomatoes in it!) Then she cooked the spinach for ten minutes or so, and let it cool. One of the other students made the dough out of just flour and water. She kneaded it, and while she was doing that, I grated cheese, and Mom and another student chopped more veg. When we finished with that, we added spices to the bowls and then went outside to roll the momos, because it was getting really hot in that room with the stove on.

Outside they have a beautiful picnic table with a red tile top. We sat down and oiled the pans for the steamer. Then Sockun gave us each a rolling pin and some dough. We pinched off little tiny pieces and rolled them into circles, or at least something mildly resembling a circle. Sockuns were perfect, though. Then she showed us how to put a spoonful of filling in the middle of a circle of dough and then pinch and fold, pinch and fold, until you make your way around and it becomes a crescent. All of ours were pitiful at first, but I got pretty good with the crescents. Then she showed us how to make round ones, but I never got the hang of that, though Yana could do an expert one. She also showed us some super fancy folds, but those were well beyond my skill level. One looked like an ornate leaf. Mom said we were in danger of failing momo class, but it was really fun.

Here is the link to the momo recipes: http://www.socialtours.com/Go-Local/cook-like-local.html#mo-mo

After we finished rolling, they stacked the steamer pans on a pot of boiling water, and we all chatted outside for a bit. Finally, the momos were ready. They put them into dishes made of leaves! They were flimsy, but very eco-cool. The veg momos were great, but the cheese and spinach momos were everyone’s favorite. The sauces were pretty good, too. Sockun had also made some special chocolate momos, and we each got one for dessert! She had taken a Mars bar and chopped it into six small pieces, then wrapped them up in the dough and steamed it. Yum!

This class does not have a set fee, but you pay what you think it's worth. We paid 2000 rupees each, and it was worth all of that. Lonely Planet listed a price for the class at 750, but we were there for a good four or five hours and had such a good time that we paid more. One student paid a lot more than we did. They don't pressure you at all about what you want to pay.

I highly recommend this class. We got to see how to grocery shop in Kathmandu, how to prepare the filling for the momos, how to roll them, and then, the best part: we got to enjoy the fruits of our labor! Too fun.

Visited May 2014
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
JM, wow... what a nice description of the entire momo class. We are so happy that you took the time to review this class, this is going to be so useful for other travellers who might want to experience something similar. Glad also you appreciate our Pay what you think it is Worth system of taking payments and thanks for your generosity. It means a lot to us to know that it meant so much for you! Hope we see you and your mother in Nepal again! Happy Travels!
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“The perfect Kathmandu experience!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We loved shopping with a local for local produce - we never would have done that on our own. And learning to cook the real Nepalese way was very satisfying. But the best part was sitting down together and eating as a group with the staff from social tours. It was like a lovely big family lunch.

Visited May 2014
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Marilyn, so happy to hear that you thought the lunch together was like a big family lunch. Just the thing we like to hear. We have tons of fun during these lunches too, as we meet such interesting people from all around the world, with one common interest - food! Safe Travels!
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“Nothing better than an afternoon making momos...”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I had an awesome afternoon making momos with Social Tours on their "Cook like a local" course. After a trip to the market to buy ingredients, we headed back to the ST office (and their lovely kitchen) to make spinach & cheese, spicy vegetable and (surprise) Mars Bar momos! All delicious and enjoyed outside in the courtyard sunshine.

Pratiksha also provided incredibly helpful and friendly service via email before I even arrived in Nepal, answering all my questions and helping me plan in advance. Social Tours have loads of different experiences to try out, I would have done lots more with them (especially the pottery class!) if my trip had been longer.

Visited April 2014
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thanks for such a wonderful review and am so glad you like the momos you made, particularly the marsbar ones! :-) We hope we will see you in Nepal again and hope to take you out on one of our tours! Happy Travels!
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“Social Tours - cook like a local”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was a wonderful afternoon spent in Kathmandu, learning to cook delicious momos! We first got taken to local shops to buy our ingredients. Then we went back to the house where we had expert instructions in a lovely kitchen on all the steps for preparing the momos. It was very hands on and lots of fun. At the end we sat in the garden and ate our delicious momos. A really enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend,

Visited April 2014
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Raj G, Owner at Socialtours, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Lizzy, thanks a lot for taking the time to write a review on our COOK like a LOCAL experience. We are so happy that you found it worthwhile and recommend it so highly. Happy Travels and hope we see you again in Nepal!
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