Taste of Asia In-Person Class

In-person Demonstration Cooking Class

Taste of Asia In-Person Class

Tuesday, August 30 6:00-8:30pm in the Common Ground Flatlander Classroom

In this introduction to Asian cuisines, we'll survey the flavor profiles of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese traditions. Our tasting menu for the evening will consist of four easy-to-make appetizers and a variety of beer and wine to taste. This class will be limited to ten people for an in-person cultural cuisine class!


This demonstration cooking class is designed for beginners who may not have tried to make Asian dishes at home. Join self-taught home cook Paul Young as we learn how to break down the flavor principles of Asian culinary traditions, deconstruct recipes and customize the ingredients to your liking. Come hungry because we’ll be making and tasting at the same time.


Students will leave this session with easy-to-follow recipes of all the dishes on the menu. These recipes have all been adapted for the typical home cook and contain many tips & tricks to help minimize your time in the kitchen while staying true to the spirit of the original flavor profiles.


All the planned menu items below will use locally-sourced ingredients but are subject to change based on availability of fresh ingredients at local markets:


  • Chinese Woodear Mushroom Salad
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls
  • Thai Green Papaya Salad
  • Japanese Tuna Poke


$60/person with $10 OFF promo code for Co-op Owners. Apply promo code: OWNER

Limited seating available - only 10 seats per class on Tuesday, August 30th from 6:00-8:30pm. Ticket includes class plus tasting menu. Must be 21 or older to partake in alcoholic beverage tasting, valid ID required. No refunds due to limited space, but waiting list will be made available once tickets are sold out.


About the instructor:

Paul Young is a self-taught cook, educator and graphic designer with over 30 years of experience in the marketing communications industry. His favorite pastime is trying new dishes in restaurants and then attempting to recreate them at home. He's a curious foodie and an adventurous international culinary explorer who has traveled to 25 different countries (so far). He has also been a regular contributor to Smile Politely since 2007.


Since retiring as a graphic design professor at Parkland College in 2019, Paul has been cooking at home a lot more and has found himself reconnecting with his passion for experimenting with exotic flavors from around the world. With these upcoming cooking classes, he hopes to share what he knows about his favorite ethnic foods and some of his favorite recipes. For printable recipe cards and more information about Paul's cooking classes, please go to www.cooking-with-paul.com