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Jodie’s Kitchen Dumpling Cooking Class

Dumplings are one of the most popular dishes amongst Chinese, Taiwanese and Western people. There are many different kinds. In this class, we will make dumplings based on yeast dough, as yeast dough is similar to the bread dough used in Western culture.

We will make two kinds of these dumplings. Once you learn how to make and cook them, it’s very easy for you to modify the filling to use your own favorite ingredients and flavors.

Dumpling Class details

Preparing dumpling dough
Preparing dumpling filling
Savory filling: shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, cilantro
Sweet filling: black sesame and black sugar
Making the dumplings
Pan fried dumplings cooked in water
Steamed black sesame sweet buns
Oolong tea serving
Dumpling dressing
Cucumber salad

Chinese people use bamboo steamers to cook dumplings, and Western people use an oven to cook bread. There’s actually a lot of similarity between the dough used for both of these, so these kinds of dumplings are very easy for Western people to learn.

You can choose to use your own preferred ingredients and season them with some basic Chinese flavors. Instead of cooking the bread in the oven, you cook the dumplings in the bamboo steamer, but they will be as easy to make as bread.

Apart from cooking the buns in the bamboo steamer, pan frying them in a wok is also a very fast way of making them. This way, it’s possible to serve more than 10 to 20 people at one time.

Using similar techniques, steamed sweet buns are a very popular dessert. We will be using the same kind of yeast dough to make sweet buns. It’s a very common food with a cup of Oolong tea in the afternoon, for local people.

Class Information

Language: English (Chinese or Taiwanese if required)
Cost: Our price for this standard one day (about 4 hours) class is NT$4,000 for one student (about US$120 or 90 Euros), NT$7,000 for two students, NT$9,000 for three students, and NT$11,000 for four students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these classes.
Normal class size: 1 – 4 students (larger classes may be possible). These are private classes for you and your friends/family/colleagues only.
Time: Classes usually start at 10am or 2pm and last about four hours. We will try to arrange the classes to fit your schedule.
Note: These details apply to the standard classes which you can see on this page. Some custom designed classes or classes with more expensive ingredients may cost more or last longer.

More information

NOTE: This class can also be combined with a mountain walk:

Elephant mountain is in the heart of Taipei, just a few hundred meters from Taipei 101, but is rarely visited by tourists. Paved paths and steps provide easy access from the city.

The 183m (600 ft) mountain is part of a range that stretches about 10km (6 miles) and reaches heights of 375m (1200 ft). The mountains are thickly forested, providing protection from sun and rain. Numerous small temples and shelters provide frequent opportunities to rest, enjoy a drink and snack, and learn more about local culture.

Every walk is unique, as we will alter the route to meet guests’ requirements. This can even include providing vehicular access to avoid most of the uphill walking, if necessary – but please let us know your special requirements well in advance.

Cost: Our price for this combined one day (about 6 hours) activity is NT$5,000 for one student (about US$120 or 90 Euros), NT$7,000 for two students, NT$9,000 for three students. Sorry, but we do not offer discounts for these events.
Normal group size: 1 – 4 guests (larger groups may be possible).
Time: The activities start at 10am and everything lasts about six hours. Earlier starting times, are possible on request, but not earlier than 9am.
Note: These details apply only to the event which you can see on this page. Custom designed events may cost more or have a different duration.
Note: Taiwan’s weather is highly variable. We may adjust the route of the walk depending on the weather on the day and guests’ capabilities and requirements. During rare periods of severe weather, such as typhoons, we may be forced to shorten or even cancel the walk, after consultation with our guests, and offer other activities in its place.

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2 Responses to Jodie’s Kitchen Dumpling Cooking Class

  1. Food Tour Finder January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I have taken Jodie’s Dumpling Class and it was fantastic! Not only does Jodie give personal instruction, but she holds the class in her home, so the atmosphere is relaxed and you get to see a part of Taipei that you otherwise might not visit. Unlike some cooking classes, where you get little hands-on practice, I was able to make many dumplings and really master the technique. Jodie is delightful, too. Highly recommended!

  2. Food Tour Finder January 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I have taken Jodie’s Dumpling Class and it was fantastic! Not only does Jodie give personal instruction, but she holds the class in her home, so the atmosphere is relaxed and you get to see a part of Taipei that you otherwise might not visit. Jodie is delightful, too. Highly recommended!

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