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Shanghai Food Tour

Hands-On Dumpling Delights

Max 8 people

Jiangsu Lu -> Hengshan Lu

~3 hours

(Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Quick bite: Join our Shanghai cooking class to try your hand at making your own intricate steamed dumplings and leave armed with a detailed recipe.

Our original dumplings tour, with a cooking class! For more than 2,000 years, Chinese chefs and home cooks have been perfecting dumplings in all their delicious bite-sized forms. Carried abroad by Silk Road travelers over the centuries, dumplings are popular around the world, but nothing tops the original!

For more than 2,000 years, Chinese chefs and home cooks have been perfecting dumplings in all their delicious bite-sized forms.

From streetside stalls frying up potstickers to a family-owned boiled dumpling spot from China’s frigid northeast, we’ll taste the best dumplings Shanghai has to offer, including the city’s famous xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), while ducking into a wet market. You’ll also get to try your hand at making your own intricate steamed shrimp dumplings, and leave armed with a detailed bilingual recipe so you can make them when you get home.

Our walks and Shanghai cooking class were developed by Culinary Backstreets and our partner in China, UnTour.

Fee includes everything consumed on the walk. Some special features:

Includes market visits Hands-on activity
Not recommended for vegetarians Cannot accommodate a gluten-free diet
Samples alcohol Terrain fairly flat/ Stroller – friendly







How are you dealing with COVID-19 risk on your walks?
We have reinforced our commitment to safety with new guidelines to assure maximum safety of our guests on our walks in terms of social distancing and hygiene while maintaining the quality of the experience. Guests and guide are asked to wear masks on all tours during walks between restaurants. Guests must show their green QR health codes at the start of the tour. All of our restaurants are approved to be open by the Shanghai government, meaning that they are up to code with temperature checking and hand sanitizer upon entrance as well as green QR codes for all of their staff members. Guides will also be carrying extra masks, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes on our tours. On public tours, we ensure that all guests have adequate space from other diners and guests.
How long are the Shanghai culinary tours?
Culinary tours last approximately 3 hours, with minimal walking between sampling spots.
How much do culinary tours cost & when do they run?
Our culinary walk costs US$90 inclusive of all tastings stops and non-alcoholic beverages. With public tours scheduled almost every day of the week, there is sure to be one that fits your schedule.
How many people are generally on your culinary tours?
Our maximum capacity is 8-10 people for most of our walks. If your group is larger, send us an email at and we’ll work to accommodate your whole party.
What types of places do you visit?
From jam-packed hole-in-the-wall noodle joints to queue-worthy street stalls, we lead you through a culinary world that is nearly impossible to navigate without a Mandarin speaking guide at your side. Your bilingual, native-English speaking guide is on hand to help translate, advise and answer any questions you have about life in China – and they’ll also fill you in on Chinese food traditions, local history and make recommendations for your time in Shanghai.
Is the food in China safe?
We only work with trusted vendors whom we’ve been frequenting for years. These stops are our absolute favorite places to eat – the same places we take our family and friends.
Is the Hands-On Dumpling Delights activity suitable for vegetarians?
We do not recommend this walk for vegetarians, as there are not many vegetarian options.
What if I have allergies?
Nut and shellfish allergies have not been a problem in the past, however we cannot guarantee that the utensils and other cooking tools have not touched any of the food tour ingredients. Please bring your epi pen or other meds to the tour if you choose to participate. Please note on most tours we make a stop to a wet market that showcases live and butchered animals in various states of food prep
Are your walks gluten-free?
We are not able to make substitutions for those with celiacs disease as soy sauce is very prevalent in our tour stops.
What languages are available for the tours?
All of our public weekly tours are held in English. If you have a special request for a private tour, please send us a note to and we will do our best to accommodate.
What type of payment do you accept?
Once you have selected an available walk route and date, you will be directed to pay the fee or deposit for the walk. If you are registering for a walk that requires approval, your reservation request will need to be approved by an administrator before it is finalized and your card will not be charged until the walk is approved. Our credit card processor, Stripe, is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification. None of your sensitive data ever hits Culinary Backstreets servers. It is all captured, processed, and housed on Stripes servers. Our booking system, Bookeo, also meets both Daily PCI Security Scanning and Security Verified Requirements.

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