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5 of the best cooking classes in Hong Kong

For those looking to sharpen their skills in the kitchen this summer

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong has an amazing food scene, but sometimes, there's just nothing better than a home-cooked meal. While we all might like to pretend to be a fine-dining chef at home, some of us need a helping hand around the kitchen. From baking classes to cuisine-specific workshops, we’ve put together a list of places that will help you impress at your next dinner party with fun and informative cooking classes. By Yu An Su

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Best cooking classes in Hong Kong

The Mixing Bowl interior
The Mixing Bowl interior
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The Mixing Bowl

Things to do Classes and workshops Sheung Wan

The Mixing Bowl offers a large selection of both cooking and baking classes, teaching the basics and giving you the tools to bring what you make in their kitchen back home. Their classes range from the basics of baking with rye, fresh pasta making, to delicate French desserts and plenty of vegan and gluten-free dishes. Their junior baker summer camps are also very popular, giving the kids a worthwhile summer project. The camp consists of five sessions a week, having three available weeks, with each week focusing on different pastries and dishes. All their classes are in extremely high demand, and places on their summer camps go especially fast. Be sure to book ahead to ensure you get a spot in the class you want!

Price: Most of their classes run from around $450 to $800 per person, depending on the difficulty of the class and how long it is. Their summer camps go for $3,500 per person for a week, with three available weeks. Get 10 percent off if you book for all three weeks.

Reservations: Reserve a spot via their website, or by calling 2524 0001.

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Thai
Photograph: Courtesy BiteUnite

BiteUnite

Restaurants Wan Chai

Co-working spaces have been popping up all over the city, and BiteUnite is another one, but for cooks, with many local chefs running small operations stationing themselves at this Wan Chai location. On top of their inventive space, they also offer many cooking classes, which are taught by their in-house chefs themselves, meaning you’ll get the experience from ones cooking every day. They provide intro classes to Thai and Indian cuisine, giving you a crash course in these two beloved cuisines. If you’re feeling a sweet tooth, definitely try making a Korean flower cake. They also have a kids summer camp, offering three variations for different age ranges, where they teach the basics of baking cakes, cookies, and much more!

Price: All their introductory classes are $650 per person, but more difficult ones can run to $980 per person. Their kids' summer camps run from $1500 to $2500, depending on the age.

Reservations: Book a spot via their website.

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Lazy Baking Studio cookies
Lazy Baking Studio cookies
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Lazy Baking Studio

Restaurants Bakeries Kwun Tong

Living up to its namesake, this kitchen specialises in teaching everything baked. Their artisan bakery creates a large selection of creative cakes, which they’re more than willing to let you create yourself. These cakes all have intricate decorations, and you’ll be given the skills to make these creative cakes. Keep an eye on their calendar for when they’ll be tackling your preferred cake, and most of them will require advance booking to ensure your space in the kitchen. Lazy Baking Studio also offers unique BakeAtHome packages, where they can mail portioned ingredients and recipes to you, giving you the chance to do it all in the comfort of your own home. 

Price: Their more basic cupcake and cookie classes start at $480, but classes making complicated cakes can go up to $1080. Their BakeAtHome packages range from $200 to 250.

Reservations: Book via their website.

Yum Cha cooking class
Yum Cha cooking class
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Yum Cha

Restaurants Sheung Wan

This modern dim sum joint took the internet by storm when they opened, known for their cute and Instagrammable modern twists on dim sum classics. Luckily, Yum Cha actually offers a private cooking class where you can learn how to make siu mai and their signature custard buns. After working with their dim sum instructors to make your own, you’ll also be able to enjoy their classic afternoon tea set, along with your own creations.

Price: This class costs $550 a seat.

Reservations: Book by calling 3708 8081. Bookings are a minimum of eight people, available any day with the fixed timeslot of 3.30 to 5.30pm. Only available at the Central branch.

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cooking class
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ABC Cooking Studio

Things to do Classes and workshops Sheung Wan

ABC Cooking Studio started in Japan, but quickly expanded throughout Asia, now with multiple branches in Hong Kong. They offer baking, cooking, wagashi, and kids classes; all centred around making great Japanese food. All their classes feature a broad array of dishes that change every month, covering classics like tempura and karaage to bento boxes and Japanese cheesecake, meaning you’ll almost always be making something fun and new when you go to the studio. To try their classes, you’ll need to get a membership in one of their stores, after which you’ll have access to their class schedule, and can sign up from there. They also have trial classes if you’re still deciding whether to get the full-time membership.

Price: Base membership costs $800, with class packages starting from $2880. 

Reservation: You can get a membership at any of their branches, then you can sign up for classes online through their website.

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