Taiwan’s Xiao long bao and beef noodle soup are a must-try cuisine and had become a world wide sensation. Join our Xiao Long Bao and Beef Noodle DIY Private Day Tour!
- We will pick you up from hotel at 9am
- 9:30 – 12:30 Cooking Class (lunch included)
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- Taipei 101
- Drop off at hotel
Joining a cooking class can be an incredibly fun and rewarding experience, offering a range of benefits that go beyond just learning how to prepare a specific dish. You get to touch, chop, mix, and cook under the guidance of experienced instructors. What’s more? In this class, you can take the recipes home with you. This means you can recreate the dishes you learned in this class and share them with friends and family.
“During the 3-hour class, you will learn the 4 signature dishes: Xiao Long Bao, Braised Beef Noodle Soup, Smashed Cucumber Salad and Bubble Milk Tea, teaching you to make the tender skin of the soup dumplings from scratch and shows you how to shake up a perfect Bubble Milk Tea.”
- Language: English, Japanese, Mandarin.
- Receive full recipes and photos from the class.
- This class is suitable for ages 12 and above. Children aged 7-11 may accompany at half price, and 1 child under the age of 6 may accompany free of charge.
- Vegetarian Menu: Xiao Long Bao (with Luffa & Mushroom), Suan La Tang (Hot and Sour Soup), Seasonal Greens, and Bubble Milk Tea.
Xiao Long Bao (小籠包):
Xiao Long Bao, often referred to as “soup dumplings,” is a beloved culinary treasure that originates from Taiwan. They’re steamed dumplings that typically contain a mixture of minced pork or other fillings wrapped in a thin, delicate dough wrapper. What sets Xiao Long Bao apart is the addition of a flavorful broth, which is trapped inside the dumpling during the steaming process. As a result, each dumpling holds a small amount of savory soup, waiting to burst forth when bitten into.
Why is it a Must-Try in Taiwan?
Creating the perfect Xiao Long Bao requires exceptional skill. Skilled chefs meticulously fold the wrappers, ensuring they are thin enough to be translucent yet sturdy enough to hold the broth. The artistry involved in making these dumplings is part of what makes them so special. In addition, the moment you pop a Xiao Long Bao into your mouth, the rich broth melds with the pork filling, tantalizing your taste buds with an explosion of umami.
How to Enjoy Xiao Long Bao:
- Handle with Care: Xiao Long Bao are delicate, so handle them gently to avoid puncturing the wrapper and spilling the broth.
- Dipping Sauce: A common accompaniment is a mixture of black vinegar and fresh ginger. Dip the dumpling in the sauce before eating to enhance the flavors.
- Bite and Sip: Place the dumpling on a spoon, carefully take a small bite from the wrapper, and let the broth flow out. You can then sip the broth before savoring the rest of the dumpling.
- Temperature: Xiao Long Bao are typically served steaming hot, so be cautious when taking your first bite.
Beef Noodle Soup (牛肉麵):
This hearty and flavorful dish is a must-try when exploring Taiwanese cuisine. Beef noodle soup is one of Taiwan’s most iconic and beloved dishes, and it holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors.
What is Beef Noodle Soup?
Beef noodle soup consists of tender chunks of beef, often braised or stewed to perfection, served in a rich and aromatic broth. The dish is accompanied by chewy wheat noodles and a medley of fragrant spices and herbs. Variations of beef noodle soup can include different cuts of beef, types of noodles, and variations in the broth base.
Why is Beef Noodle Soup a Must-Try in Taiwan?
The broth of beef noodle soup is the heart and soul of the dish. It’s usually simmered for hours with a combination of aromatics, spices, herbs, and sometimes soy sauce or fermented bean paste. This slow-cooking process infuses the broth with complex umami flavors and creates a truly comforting experience. Furthermore, the choice of noodles can greatly influence the dish. Taiwanese noodles are typically springy and absorb the flavors of the broth, creating a harmonious balance of textures and tastes.
Beef noodle soup is a reason in itself for food lovers to visit Taiwan. From humble street stalls to upscale restaurants, you can find this dish across the country, making it accessible to all types of travelers.
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Cooking is an art, and a cooking class encourages you to be creative. You can experiment with flavors, textures, and ingredients to put your own unique spin on a dish. Overall, joining a cooking class is a delightful way to immerse yourself in the world of food, connect with others who share your passion, and bring a new level of joy and satisfaction to your culinary journey.