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Learn the intricate process of creating the perfect dumpling – from selecting the filling, to the delicate art of rolling the dough.

Aside from being a daily food staple, Chinese dumplings have adopted a celebratory significance in contemporary society, and are typically served during Chinese New Year. Learn how to recreate the traditional dish before enjoying your creation with a cup of steaming tea.

'A Day With Wai Po' begins with a trip to Fuxing Zhong Lu Market, the traditional wet market spanning over two floors. An early morning visit will allow you to get a taste of local Shanghainese life. Dozens of stalls sell fresh produce, including fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. You will be guided through the throngs of haggling shoppers by Wai Po, your personal dim sum tutor, who will help you select the optimum ingredients to create the perfect dumpling; minced pork is a local favourite! Wai Po has always had a love for food – especially local cuisine – and previously taught cooking lessons at an international culinary school.


During 'A Day With Wai Po', you will learn our favourite grandmother’s dumpling-making tips, which have been passed down through the generations.

After picking up your ingredients, Wai Po will take you back to her house, where the hard work will begin! Making dumplings with family is a vital tradition during the Chinese New Year period, as everyone helps with the process, from the preparation and making the dumpling filler and making dumpling dough that is of the right consistency, to the actual parcelling of the dumpling.

During 'A Day With Wai Po', you will learn our favourite grandmother’s dumpling-making tips, which have been passed down through the generations. At the end of the class, reap the benefits of your labour, as you devour your creation alongside a cup of traditional Chinese tea.

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480 West Jianguo Road, Xuhui District,
Shanghai 200031,
People’s Republic of China

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