London Cookery School run Dim Sum Classes, Sushi Classes, and Colombian Street Food Classes in London.
Your chef and teacher will take you through each recipe in easily followed steps, so you'll have no problem recreating the dishes time and time again back in your own kitchen!
If you're looking for a really unique gift for a foodie in London, or you just want to add some really exciting new recipes to your own repertoire of meals, you'll absolutely love our Dim Sum, Sushi and Colombian Street Food Classes in London!
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I enjoyed the class. It was the first time I had attended something like this so I really didn't have anything to compare it to. I found the instructor knowledgable and it was well planned out so every minute of the class was filled. I do agree with one review that it would have been good to learn how to make the dough from scratch for the last dumplings we assembled rather than being handed out pre-packaged dough. Everything we ate was delicious. Only disappointed that I did not receive a follow-up email with recipes, as promised.
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16 December 2017:
The followup recipes go out automatically by email. If you do not see it in your email folder, then please check your spam folders.
This is an introductory class, making the things you did took up the full 3 hour class time, and I hope you learnt a lot of things.
There is not enough time to make the dough for the last wrapper. As was explained in class, the dough is an easy dough, similar to a pasta style dough, - egg flour, water.
The dough is easy enough to make, follow the instructions, knead the dough, and rest for 30 mins.
The hard part is rolling the dough out thin enough quickly enough.
In our early classes we got the beginners to do it all, and it was this single dough where all manner of problems occur.
If they have experience with working and rolling dough, confidently and quickly and efficiently before it dries then it is no problem. I can roll out 5 and cut pieces of dough, and make the sui mai in about 2 minutes.
Unfortunately, in a beginners introductory class, there will be some who do not have the experience. And we found they would struggle, the dough would dry up, cracking and falling apart.
Then they would have to make another batch of dough. Rest the dough for 30 mins. And then reattempt the rolling part.
Some of our classes last over 4 hours due to this, and some people eating at 11pm.
This is why we never make this dough in class anymore - with a mixed group of students it just isn't possible.
You mention yourself -
"you enjoyed the class",
"Everything we ate was delicious"
"every minute of the class was filled"
So where do we have the time to make the last dough?
And also why the low rating of 6 out of 10?
Tasty dumplings, disappointing class
I've been trying to book this class for a long time, but it was always fully booked, which I took to be a good sign. However, when we got there, I felt like we were just assembling dim sum, rather than actually doing much hands on learning.
The prawns, ginger and any other important ingredients were already measured out, chopped, prepared and brought to us. All we had to do was add the odd spoon of sugar or soy, and mix.
For the last dumpling, we didn't even learn to make the pastry - the instructor handed out ready made skins from a packet, and a recipe for us to attempt at home!
The dumplings we made were delicious but I just don't feel like we learned a great deal. And on top of all that, even after we'd eaten, the class still finished nearly 45 mins early. I absolutely wouldn't recommend this class if you wanted to learn... If you wanted a fun way to pass a few hours with a tasty snack at the end, then it's fine!
Brilliant sushi session
This sushi making class was perfect! I was able to make 5 different types of sushi rolls, eat, drink and pratice afterwards. The chef was great and really helpful! Such good value for money!
We had a huge class of 17 or so people, and only one host/teacher, so it was a bit chaotic with people chatting and going at different paces. We also had a mix up with some ingredients so we didn't end up eating until 10pm. Regardless of the chaos, and slightly stressed teacher, we had a fun night. It was great to eat self-made dim sum, and understand how they are all put together, learn some cultural tips etc.
Make sure you take an apron or clothes you don't mind getting mince or flour all over.
There was no bar as advertised, but there was a bottle shop up the road, so a few of us ran up and grabbed some beverages.
My advice to Will would be - make sure you have a helper, particularly if you have such a big group. Start with an intro and instructions then read out etiquette tips and facts throughout the night while we are eating or waiting for the food to steam. Start with the hardest dim sum first, while people are still excited and focused. Perhaps even skip the dough making and pre-make this. I think most people will probably just buy their dough pre-made and packaged, particularly given the ingredients are so hard to find... it might give you more time to talk about the interesting facts, and your own story - which people would be very interested to hear.
My friend and I had a lovely time. We made delicious dim sum dishes (if I say so myself), and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed. We're looking forward to the more detailed notes which the organiser promised to send us next week or so, and will try to make them at home too.
Post work sushi session
I have to admit that I was considering bailing as I was shattered after work and thought I would be standing up in a stuffy kitchen slicing raw fish for three hours... How wrong I was... The class was located at the back if my local pub and all the raw (see what I did there) materials were laid out on the table. We sat back on comfy sofas with our bar drinks in tow. I really enjoyed picking up the basics and was surprised how quickly you could create a platter of sushi that looks quite professional! Overall I thought it was a fun evening and a welcome change from normal after work activities.