Unwrapping the Cook: Classes for International Tastes

Preparations ready for a class on rolling fusion sushi

Preparations ready for a class on rolling fusion sushi

Cultural growth is not something that the residents of our little city by the river must make an effort to find. That aspect of the full life is fulfilled on the way to pick up the morning coffee or newspaper—whatever your ritual may be. Hagit Kreinin found her time in Shanghai was much emptier than when she and her family lived in their hometown of Kfar Saba, Israel and she worked full-time educating special needs children while taking care of two toddlers.

A small business gave her a way to make money and a good place to put her passion for cooking and experience in the restaurant business to use. When the Kreinin family moved to Dongguan, her schedule didn’t change.

Running through two different courses on two different business week lunches, our crew chose to learn Mediterranean salads, and then a few weeks later we studied up on some fusion sushi. On both visits we cooked, giggled, sipped a glass of wine, and were out the door in less than two hours.

The atmosphere in Kreinin’s little culinary institute is laid back and approachable. Her dining area table is prepped with cutting boards, utensils and recipe menus upon arrival, her personal soundtrack playing softly in the background.
Kreinen is not scared to bark a few orders like “wash your hands,” and “not so much rice.” Her personality is a cross between demure house wife and drill sergeant. As any teacher will attest, it is a necessity. She is also not shy to tell her groups who is the top of the class for the day, which is great for a good laugh.

Scheduling classes according to interest at dipitcook.com, the Dip It Cooking School provides a healthy variety of cuisine. She or one of her partners can lead students in cooking dishes like homemade pasta, Mexican, vegetarian, Thai and Israeli dishes. These core lessons are her strengths she says, but she is willing to personalize a course should a customer make a request and fill the seats.

Other services worthy of note are Kreinen’s Ayi Can Cook and kids’ courses. From basic to advanced, she teaches food safety, efficiency and Western dishes to prepare the full time Ayi to keep up with a foreign palate. Her kids’ courses get the kids cooking with recipes like sugar cookies and a homemade hamburger set.

If the world traveler has returned to Dongguan after a trip to Thailand or the Mediterranean without learning how to cook a single dish from the homes of such undeniably delicious places, the opportunity is around to make it happen here.