Taste of China

Taste of China In-Person Class Series

Do a deep dive into the world of Chinese cooking with Co-op instructor and self-taught home cook Paul Young as we survey the vast flavors of Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai cuisines. In this hands-on series, learn how to break down the flavor principles of each culinary tradition, deconstruct recipes and customize the ingredients to your liking. Students will have the opportunity to watch demos and participate in the preparation of our dinner party. Do come hungry and thirsty because we’ll be cooking and tasting at the same time. The tuition also includes beer and wine tastings.

 

Students will leave each 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 menu items below will use locally-sourced ingredients but are subject to change based on availability of fresh ingredients at local markets.

 

Sign up for one class or all three in this series!

 

Cantonese Cuisine Class

Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-8:30pm in the Flatlander Classroom

In the West, if you’re thinking “Chinese food,” you’re probably talking about Cantonese cuisine. Known as the most popular style of Chinese cooking outside of China, Cantonese cooking traditions are diverse and emphasize the natural flavors of the ingredients. In this class, we’ll deconstruct the flavor principles of some popular Cantonese dishes such as:

  • Wonton Noodle Soup
  • Soy Sauce Chicken 
  • Stir-fried Water Spinach (Ong Choy)
  • Cantonese Fried Rice

 

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

Limited seating available - only 10 seats per class. 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.

 

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Sichuan Cuisine Class

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00-8:30pm in the Flatlander Classroom

Originating in Southwest China, Sichuan cuisine is the most popular cuisine in China. Famous for its spicy recipes, Sichuan dishes have strong flavors that are anything but subtle. In this class, we’ll learn how to combine garlic, chillies and the famous Sichuan peppercorn (also known as the “numbing spice”) which is the soul of Sichuan dishes. Let’s deconstruct the flavor profiles of some popular Sichuan dishes such as:

  • Pig Ear in Chili Oil
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Ma Po Tofu
  • Sichuan Fried Rice 

 

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

Limited seating available - only 10 seats per class. 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.

 

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Shanghai Cuisine Class

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00-8:30pm in the Flatlander Classroom

Shanghai is a major international cultural center on the southeastern coast of China. Like other Chinese regional traditions, Shanghai cuisine emphasizes the quality of raw ingredients and their original flavors but also has some interesting foreign influences. In this class, we’ll explore the creative techniques of some popular Shanghai-style dishes such as:

  • Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumplings
  • Shanghai-style Braised Pork Belly
  • Braised Eggplant 
  • Vegetable Rice 

 

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

Limited seating available - only 10 seats per class. 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.

 

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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 have 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 know 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