Pen-y-bryn Lodge in Oamaru is well known for providing guests with exceptional cuisine and unmatched hospitality in their 124-year old mansion, and during the coming winter months they will be sharing their culinary skills with students eager to hone their own skills in the kitchen. The first sessions, due to start in the coming days, will focus on authentic Chinese cuisine. Though James and James, the lodge’s owners, hail from the USA originally, they have both spent many years in China, and have developed an enviable expertise in the varied cuisines of China.
Sessions are designed for 6-8 students, who will not only get hands-on experience cooking the dishes, but will also get to sample the results of the class. James will include information about the history of the dishes, their role in Chinese culture, and inside tips on how to choose ingredients, and even how to order more successfully at a Chinese restaurant. Each session will also include a short primer on a different type of Chinese tea, a large variety of which Pen-y-bryn Lodge imports directly to offer their guests.
The first classes will cover Chinese dumplings, with demonstrations on preparing the different types of dough, fillings and sauces that go with them, and from there future sessions will cover buns, noodles, stir-fries and snacks.
Classes can be scheduled to suit each group’s time constraints–all you need to do is get a group of 6-8 people together and contact Pen-y-bryn to set a convenient time. Each session should last approximately three hours, and will cost $50 per person.