Level up your cooking skills

By Joyee Chan

Young Post cares about what you eat, so we rounded up the city's best cooking classes for under HK$350

By Joyee Chan |

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You can learn to make shrimp dumplings

We all have to eat, but if you're tired of too many cup noodle dinners or store-bought desserts, then maybe it's time to take matters into your own hands. Luckily, Hong Kong has plenty of kitchens where you can hone your culinary skills in one afternoon.

These workshops have all the equipment, ingredients and even gift-wrapping thoughtfully prepared for you. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and your taste buds. The best part is, at the end of the lesson, you'll go home with some delicious souvenirs of your day in cooking school - if you haven't eaten them already.

For dinner masters

Steamed fish or shrimp dumplings and XO sauce are just a couple of the classic dishes to be learned at HK Electric's Home Management Centre. For as little as HK$90, you will come away with a wide range of new dinner ideas. The classes will give you a new-found respect for the subtleties of Cantonese cooking, but you'll also learn the secrets of some European classics, Sichuan flavours and Indonesian specialities.


For sushi lovers

It's one thing to enjoy a steaming bowl of udon and cutely-sculpted Japanese sweets - quite another to make them. Unleash your inner "Iron Chef" at Japan's popular ABC Cooking Studio, which has now opened a branch in Hong Kong. Each class has only four students, so the teachers - who all undergo extensive training in Japan - can work closely with you; they'll teach you how to cut fresh fish at the correct angle for sashimi, answer all your questions about making the crispiest pork cutlet, and show you how to knead your ramen dough until it's just the right springiness. Trial classes cost HK$280.


For cookie monsters

Self-taught baker Hami Cheung first posted her macaroon recipes online for fun in 2010, but soon gained many followers. She started a cooking school in Kwun Tong, specialising in her favourite biscuits.

Her latest obsession is stained-glass cookies. She says the ornate, semi-transparent biscuits are made by melting hard sweets, and they are easy enough to make for beginners. "You can get creative with the shape and number of cutouts your cookies have," she says. "The trick is to manage the time well, otherwise, the sweets will get lumpy." Her workshops start from HK$320.


For five-star bakers-to-be

The cakes that made the name of The Excelsior Hong Kong are a secret no more. Those with a sweet-tooth can learn first-class techniques from Coup Kitchen's Alfred Cheung Kin-man, who ran the luxury hotel's pastry department. Whether you love everything chocolate - mousse cake, nougats and lava cake - or prefer classic desserts with a twist, like orange florentines and leopard-print banana swiss rolls, his classes in Tin Hau (from HK$330) cover it all.