Private 3-Hour Dumpling Tasting Tour & Cooking Class in Shanghai


Meet your guide and small group for a walking tour of the former French Concession, a beloved tree-lined neighborhood, to find some of Shanghai's best dumplings. Stop by street stalls and casual local eateries to watch the experts cook the fresh dumplings that you get to try. Depending on what’s available, your eight samples may include typical guotie (pan-fried dumplings); jiaozi (northern-style dumplings); hun tun (wontons); and Shanghai's renowned xiaolongbao (steamed soup dumplings). Along the way, your guide talks about the differences in taste, texture and cooking techniques of China’s bite-size snacks. It's food for thought as you continue on a short walk to the venue where your 1-hour cooking class takes place. During your lesson, a local chef introduces you to har gow (shrimp dumpling), a Cantonese dim sum specialty. Following a demo, try your hand at making steamed potato wrappers stuffed with shrimp. Once the work is done, treat yourself the tasty har gow you made! After your tour is finished, you will take taxi or subway back to your hotel by your own.

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3 hours
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Why take this tour?

Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a 3-hour food tour that includes a 1-hour cooking class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious 'har gow’ (steamed dim sum shrimp dumplings), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.

What’s included?

  • Har gow cooking class

  • Non-alcoholic beverages

  • Post-tour welcome packet with helpful restaurant recommendations, local travel tips & so much more to help make your stay in Shanghai easy & fun

  • Professional guide

  • Tasting stops add up to a very large meal, and you will most likely not need to schedule a meal for several hours after the tour

  • Hotel Pick-Up (if selected)

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Food and drinks which are not part of tour itinerary

  • Gratuities

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 3h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Green health QR code required

Cancellation Policy

    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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Our walking culinary tours are designed to get visitors off the beaten path and into authentic local shops where they can eat shoulder to shoulder with locals. Since 2007, UnTour Food Tours has taken over 18,000 guests to our favorite mom-and-pop-owned shops. UnTour Food Tour has been featured in The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic, Monocle, CNN, The Sunday Time Travel Magazine, Samantha Brown Travels, The Guardian & more. We also offer tours in Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. Come explore China's tastiest authentic cuisine with us!

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