One-day Culinary Adventure

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Highlights

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Cooking Class We will organize a hands-on cooking class with recipes selected by our guests using fresh local ingredients.

Village and Farmer Markets Join a guided excursion to the bustling local daily market of Xizhou and the weekly regional market nearby where we learn about all different kinds of local produce, from fresh greens to local home-made pickles.

Artisan Food Producer Visit a local rice noodle shop to learn how “er kuai” or rice cakes and rice noodles are made. Participate in the making of ‘ru shan,’ a distinctive local cheese that is produced in thin sheets in a local home.

Specially Designed Local Restaurant Tour In the evening we will bring you to one of our favorite local restaurants that is far off the beaten track, sampling different styles of Yunnan cuisine. We will choose from a Bai tribal restaurant where we can taste fresh local food such as pine needles, local mushrooms and wind-dried meats, the mouthwatering grilled lemongrass fish from a Dai restaurant, or an incredible Muslim beef-broth-based hotpot restaurant. It will be a memorable journey of Yunnan flavors for you.

Itinerary

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In the morning we will drive 18 kilometers north to a village located around the Er Hai lake called Xizhou. We will first go to try a taste of the famous “Xizhou Baba” or Xizhou Pizza. There are salty and sweet pizzas topped with savory pork or filled with rose petal jam. You will have a chance to learn and make your own pizza. We will sit in a coffee shop nearby and enjoy these delicious pizza with a cup of Yunnan’s indigenous coffee or tea for breakfast.

Following breakfast, we will go to the bustling Xizhou daily food market to buy all the ingredients we need for our cooking class. We will lead you through the stalls and introduce the large variety of the local produce. Along the way we will stop in a local rice noodle shop and see how they make rice noodles and one kind of local specialty “er kuai” or rice cakes.

Then we will visit a local home who is living in a well-preserved traditional Bai house with a history of nearly 100 years to see how “ru shan”, a local distinctive cheese that is produced in thin sheets is made. It is a local specialty which is eaten deep fried and garnished with sugar or sweet rose petal jam or placed into the local tea with nuts. You will practice to make your own cheese and take the cheese back to our cooking course later.

Then we will visit a weekly regional market which is close to Xizhou village. It is an interesting and colorful market with all different kinds of goods. You will see many hill tribe people with their own traditional clothes shopping their fresh foods, clothes, farmer’s tools, and local tobacco. We will tour the market and introduce the large variety of goods as well as local culture.

On the way back to Dali old town, we will visit an old family workshop in the village of Zhoucheng to see how the locals make the renowned tie-dye fabric. Local Bai families have been creating this traditional handicraft for centuries, and we can learn the process behind this creative tradition.

In the late morning we will go back to our cooking school to have our cooking class: Home-style Dumplings. Dumplings are one of the major dishes eaten during the Chinese new year when families get together. We will make dumplings from scratch with different fillings including the fresh cheese filling we made earlier this morning for our noontime meal. We take you step-by-step through the process, from kneading the dough to making the accompanying dipping sauce.

(We can also organize another cooking course if you prefer to learn different dishes other than dumplings).

After our dumpling lunch, you will be free on your own for a few hours to enjoy some leisure time to stroll around the streets in Dali to look in the shops, enjoy a massage, walk on the old city wall or just relax in a cozy coffee shop. If you want we can take you to an excellent tea shop to get the perfect introduction to local tea.

In the evening, we will meet again and have dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants that showcases local ethnic minority cuisine.

Summary

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What: 1 day culinary adventure in Yunnan, China

When: Available all year around, upon your request

Cost: RMB 500 per person including one cooking class, all the morning activities, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and ground transportation as stated in the itinerary.

Group Size: Minimum group size is 2 people; We also take private tours.

Customizations: We can create tailor-made culinary adventure trip for you based on this sample 1-day itinerary. If you would like to do some another programs which is not stated in our itinerary, please feel free to let us know about your special requirements.

Call at: +86-151-252-64065

Email: luxi@riceandfriends.com

Register For The Program-Call and/or email us for more information and reserve space at +86-151-252-64065 or luxi@riceandfriends.com

Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayPal.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required to confirm booking. Remaining balance of full payment price is issued on the day of the trip.