Cooking Class: Handmade Chinese Dumplings

In this guided cooking class with Chef Li, you'll learn how to make Chinese soup dumpling from scratch as well as several complementary dishes. The dumplings you will prepare are called Xiao long bao, a steamed bun typically filled with pork. First, you'll knead together your dough and then shape it into wrappers, which you'll fill with pork. Chef Li will teach you how to form perfect pleats to seal the dumpling. Then, you'll learn how to steam the dumplings and enjoy them alongside hot and sour soup and a crunchy cucumber salad. Wrap up with sweet poached pears. 


Hot and Sour Soup

With chicken stock, mushrooms, tofu and vinegar

Smashed Cucumber Salad

With chili, cilantro, vinegar, soy sauce, leeks, bay leaves and cinnamon

Xiao Long Bao

With ground pork, soy sauce, sesame oil and Chinkiang vinegar

Poached Pears and Rock Sugar

With Chinese cooking wine

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 12
  • Event Duration 3 hours
  • Activity Level
    Activity Level
  • LabelsCouples, Group, Fun, Chinese, Asian, Mother's Day
  • This is a BYOB venue and alcoholic beverages are not available for sale. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to enjoy during class.

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01 Mar 2024

great class, very kind and helpful instructor. food was delicious. would highly recommend if you go by yourself (lots of nice people) or if you go with a date. looking forward to cooking this meal on my own again soon!

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06 Apr 2024

She jumped around too much. She focused on too many things at once. It would’ve been nice to finish one thing and move onto. The next was hard to follow her.

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03 Feb 2024

It was an amazing class. She went at a good pace and stopped when people needed clarification on anything. The instructions were delivered in a clear and concise manner and she was really engaging to everyone online. I felt like I was right there in her kitchen!

$ 119 Per person

all-inclusive: 3-hour class, meal and taxes.

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Event location: Washington, D.C.

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Meet your chef

Chef Li
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Chef Li is an experienced chef who has cooked and studied all around the world. She was formerly based in Singapore, where she offered private cooking classes as well as corporate cooking events. Now Chef Li offers cooking classes in the US, although her style is influenced by her international background. Although Chef Li specializes in traditional Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine, she welcomes students of all culinary backgrounds and loves the chance to open their minds to new cooking styles.

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