If you haven't got nine years to spare and can't get to Hong Kong, I have good news! As part of a six-week celebration of food and wine, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has partnered with four of London's finest Chinese restaurants, offering special menus to honour the Hong Kong Wine and Dine celebrations, plus special classes at the London cookery school 'School of Wok' (love that name) to recreate those traditional Chinese dishes at home - for however many years you want!
I got the chance to try out the School of Wok last week, and it's well worth a visit. Located close to Chinatown, the school hosts a variety of classes and corporate events, covering many different Asian cuisines. Not only do you prep and cook the food, you also get to eat the dishes you create. Classes range from a 1 hour quick fire wok lesson to a 5 day intensive course.
The young founder and head chef Jeremy Pang is like a breath of fresh air to the London cookery school scene. Not only passionate about food, you can tell he loves teaching and sharing his knowledge and skills. The school also has other teaching chefs, each with their own signature dishes and specialist cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese.
During the evening, we sampled some fresh and exciting wines from a new pop-up wine company called A Grape Night In. Our hosts Laura and Kiki explained how to pair wines with Asian spices and encouraged us to try different wines with our food, rather than the same old wines we are comfortable with.
There are a few more photos of the evening on my Flickr set, School of Wok, please take a look!
The school even has a few woks on hand to buy, plus other essential equipment
Click here for further details on the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival.
Click here for further details on the School of Wok.
Disclaimer: I was invited to this event but was not paid to attend or write this post, all views are my own.
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