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May 16, 2011 08:10 AM

Looking for XLB (Xiao Long Bao) cooking lessons / workshops

I live in the Bay Area (San Francisco to be exact) and I am looking for Xiao Long Bao cooking lessons conducted on weekends. I am willing to travel todifferent parts in the Bay Area, any recommendations? I am afriad to play with dough but want to get over my fears.

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  1. Actually, I would love to take a Chinese cooking class of any kind....
    I haven't been able to find any.

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    1. I know this isn't what you're asking for but here's my old thread where I made them without benefit of any school other than Chowhound. I am terrified of dough and that was the easiest part. Check it out.

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      1. re: c oliver

        Thank you C Oliver! Great thread. Do you make XLB often? I am quite good with Aspic, I make Chicken / Jin Hua consommé all the time. Panicking now becuase we are a few days away June 2011 and making XLB is my New Year's resolution for 2011. I better get my act together soon.

          1. re: wolfe

            Thanks Wolfe. Went to Shanghai's NanXiang a few years back. Very rustic and satisfying. Different from the refined Ding Tai Feng chain. Both are good. I will definitely strive for the famours 18 pleats. That's an agressive goal I must say.

          2. re: sfwtchris

            I'm embarassed to say that I haven't made them again :( Life got very hectic. But I WILL make them again. And I encourage you to. It was so much easier than I ever imagined. Time consuming but not difficult. You're ahead of me. I'd never done anything with aspic-type things.

            1. re: c oliver

              I am inspired. Will report back when say end of June (give myself a dateline). Then we can compare notes.

              1. re: sfwtchris

                Cool. If you need help why don't you either start a new thread or piggyback on the old one on Home Cooking. As you could tell, I got lots of hand-holding, advice and atta-girls. And I DO recommend doing it over two days!