There are various ways to immerse oneself in a country’s culture, one way is by getting acquainted with their traditional food. This is why Koreans offer cooking classes for foreign visitors and residents, from buying and familiarizing with the produce in the market, to the preparation and cooking of the common Korean dishes such as bulgogi, kimchi, and tteok. Here are the 10 best English-speaking cooking classes in Seoul you can attend.
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O'ngo Food Communications has been providing curated and exclusive experiences to Koreans and foreigners for more than a decade. The goal of the company is to showcase the Korean culture through food and its services such as books, research, consulting, and video productions. To fulfill their motto, "Cultural exchange through food," they started to offer cooking classes, programs, and food tours.
Scope of Service: Food tours, cooking classes, food events
Address: 3rd Floor, 12, Samil-daero 30-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm
Facebook: O'ngo Food Communications
A fully licensed tour company and one of the top cooking classes in South Korea. They offer Basic, Advanced, Team Building, and schedule cooking classes good for individuals and group sessions. While their professional instructors are locally and internationally trained, their Korean cooking classes are fit to meet every student’s needs and concerns like food allergies or dietary restrictions including Halal, Kosher, and vegetarian, and all ingredients and equipment are included in the class.
In their two-hour cooking class, expect to learn the basics of traditional cuisines, visit a local food market and discover how to choose the best products, and prepare the dishes under the eye of the professional, hands-on instructors. Reservation is a must before the classes, so call them and reserve your slots beforehand.
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Making your own Korean rice wine is now possible with The Sool Company’s Makgeolli Brewing Classes. As the global leader in makgeolli brewing classes and the leading resource for Korean traditional alcohol tourism and brewing education in English for first-time visitors and startup breweries worldwide, The Sool Company specializes in providing exclusive classes and courses on how to make the traditional alcohol in Korea. This company was founded in 2012 by director and founder Julia Mellor, Korea's first expat specialist in traditional alcohol.
Scope of Service: Advanced Brewing Techniques Course, Makgeolli Brewing Class, The Insadong Taster, Traditional Alcohol Dining Experience
Pricing: $55 for 3 hours (Intro to Brewing Makgeolli Class)
Address: Nodeul-seom Boksoondoga Music Lounge, Yongsan
Whether you are searching for a fun brewing class or comprehensive training, The Sool Company is the best platform. From the detailed lecture on kinds of Korean traditional alcohol, different techniques of fermentation, and alcohol making from the alcohol expert, Julia Mellor herself. One will experience a hands-on discussion of every step of the process from rice washing to the filtering process, which can all be reproduced in your kitchen. After the class, you will also be given a kit that contains all the basic ingredients in order to re-do everything you have learned in the class at home.
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OME, which means five tastes encompassing sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and hotness, is a trusted company picked as a tourism business venture company in 2016 by the Korean Tourism Organization. This popular cooking class company focuses on helping its local and foreign customers experience the five tastes of Korea through their tailored cooking programs.
Scope of Service: Samgyetang Class, Korean Home Cooking Class, Korean Street Food Class, Kimchi Class, Bibimbap Class, Korean Dessert Class, Chi-maek Class, Online Korean Restaurant Consulting
Pricing: $55 and $90
Address: Seoul, Dongdaemun-gu Yangnyeong Jungang-ro 35-1 (Jegi-dong)
Tel: 82 + (0)10 5060 5250
Operating Hours: Morning Class: 10 am to 1:00 pm; Afternoon Class 2 pm to 5:00 pm
Before the 3-hour classes begin, you will visit Kyung-dong market and Yangnyeong market to personally buy the ingredients. Afterward, you will cook with the class and dine together in a traditionally designed Korean-style house. You can book a class online from a wide range of dishes, dessert, traditional tea to learn. Aside from their private classes, they also offer online cooking classes for you.
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Since 2003, the Food and Culture Academy has been providing Korean culinary culture programs and cooking classes conducted in English, Chinese, or Japanese by professional instructors. Food & Culture Academy’s principal and founder Soo Jin Kim opened this learning opportunity both for amateur and experts. The teacher, Ellie Hyewon Lee has a Master’s degree from Korea University and has been conducting cooking classes since 2004.
Scope of Service: Popular Cooking Class, K-Pop Idol's Favorite Cooking Class, Vegetarian Cooking Class, Corporate Events, Kids & Teen Cooking Class, Professional Cooking Class
Address: 3F, Pirun B/D, Sajik-ro 101, Jongnogu, Seoul, Food & Culture Academy
Tel: (+82) 2-720-6704, (+82) 2-725-3229
Operating Hours: 9 am to 6 pm, Mondays to Saturdays
For K-Pop fans, one of their unique cooking classes that may interest you is the K-Pop Idol's Favorite Cooking Class, where you will learn recipes of the idol’s favorite dish. So, choose your preferred program and book the class today.
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Owned by certified Korean cook Jomin, cooKorean offers intimate and fun cooking classes of the best Korean dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi, sundubu jjigae, japchae, and jeyuk bokkeum. She conducts her classes for 3 and a half hours which includes a market tour for only $55. Cook Jomin personally meets her guests at exit number 2 of Mangwon metro station (line number 6) at 10:00 am or 6:00 pm, and tours guests to the Mangwon market to experience the culture first-hand.
Scope of Service: Authentic Korean Cooking Class, Korean Kimchi Making Day Experience, Healthy Tofu Making From Scratch, Secret of Banchan (side dish) cooking
Pricing: $55.00 for 3 hours 30 minutes
Address: 72, Worldcup-ro 13-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel: 010-7207-6648 (domestic); +82-10-7207-6648 (overseas)
Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 1:30 am and 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm (Mondays to Sundays)
Classes in cooKorean are intimate. Cook Jomin accepts a group of fewer than four people per class only. The fee $55 payment includes a market tour and ingredients, recipe book, drink before the class, steamed rice and kimchi, rice wine, a package for leftovers, and the hands-on cooking class. All the reservations are made online and must be done by 9 pm, before the day of the class.
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Joungy has worked as a professional chef for more than nine years in countries such as Mongolia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. In his class, students will cook 3 kinds of menus, which include the traditional Korean starter, main, and dessert and will eat together afterward. Monday's menu includes Haemul pajeon, Bibimbap, and Bukumi. Wednesday and Saturday’s menu is Kimchi, Bossam, and Doenjang guk. Friday's menu includes Japche, Jeyuk bokkeum, and Bukumi.
Pricing: 55,000 won
Address: 59, Mapo-daero 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul 04116 South Korea
Tel: 010-2541-8529; +82-10-2541-8529
Operating Hours: Available 24/7
Joungy's cooking classes start at 10:30 am. She only accepts a maximum of four persons per class and she promises to teach Korean dishes in a detailed manner and the easiest way possible. What sets her class apart is the relationships that can be built during lunch wherein the classmates can interact with each other. After the cooking class, the group together with Jougy will go to one of the biggest and famous markets in Seoul, Namdaemun market, which has also 600 years of rich history. You can book and reserve through their Facebook page.
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Discover how to cook the Korean dishes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can learn and have fun at the same time. Hello K Cooking Class conducts Korean cooking classes at a local home in Seoul to fully experience the authentic culture of the country. You will be guided by the local chef herself in buying fresh ingredients in the market, trying street foods, and learning the best herbs and spices in the market.
Pricing: $50 or 60,000 won
Address: 68, Bangullae-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Hello K Cooking Class’ 3-hour package includes touring in traditional markets, cooking three main dishes and 1 stew, and having a meal with 10 various kinds of side dishes and rice wine, all for $50. Groups in the class have a maximum of eight people only, perfect for a larger group of friends. You can make a reservation by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With their tagline “Make tasty memories, share with lovely people,” K-cookingclass is one of the most fun and friendly cooking classes and food tours in Seoul. Chris, the owner of K-cookingclass, teaches how to cook four main authentic Korean dishes plus side dishes and organizes food tasting for 3 to 3.5 hours. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the dishes are Bulgogi, Jap-chae, Tofu Salad, and Simple Korean Pancake. And on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the menu includes Bibimbab, Tteok-galbi, Tofu Salad, and Simple Korean Pancake.
Scope of Service: Local Market Touring, Cooking, Eating
Pricing: $55 or $88
Address: 46-11, Huiujeong-ro 16-gil, Mapo-gu 3f, 301, Seoul 04015 South Korea
Tel: +82-10-9480-2286 (WhatsApp)
Operating Hours: 10:30 am to 9:30 pm (Mondays to Saturdays); 10:30 am to 1:30 pm (Sundays)
While Chris accepts group classes with a maximum of 6 people, he also conducts a class even if there is only one person who booked. The rate of his class is $88 and it is good for two persons who will share the equipment. Aside from this, the menus can be changed to vegetarian, and he can issue gift cards to your friends and family to enjoy. Make a reservation for Chris’ Korean cooking class today.
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With their goal to promote Korean food culture to foreigners and to develop food tourism in Korea, I Love Hansik now provides experiential learning services that connect local food and tourism to different international languages, conducted by multinational experts not just from Korea but also from Japan, China, and Italy.
Their Gimbap & Teokbokki cooking class during Mondays to Saturdays at 9 AM costs 75,000 KRW; Bulgogi & Japchae cooking class on Mondays and Tuesdays 2:20 pm amounts to 100,000 KRW, Halal Gimbap & Teokbokki cooking class for 85,000 KRW, Halal Bulgogi & Japchae cooking class for 110,000 KRW, and Bibimbab cooking class on Wednesdays and Fridays 2 pm costs 85,000 KRW.
Pricing: 75,000 won, 85,000 won, 100,000 won, 110,000 won
Address: 282 Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Tel: +82 70-7786-1445
I Love Hansik is perfect for a larger group of students, for they can operate in a 10-person first cooking studio and a maximum 30-person second cooking place and cafe. Their classes are short but very informative and detailed. You can make a reservation by sending an email at email@example.com.
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Janet, a native from Seoul, found Janet’s Cooking Studio in 2011, a cooking studio and food tour company, with a goal to help international tourists to discover the unique, best flavors of Seoul. She worked with world-wide organizations such as the United Nations to promote Korean food and culture and attended the Natural Gourmet Institute For Health and Culinary Arts in New York City in 2005. All these she did for her love for the Korean culture and cuisine.
Scope of Service: Food tours, cooking classes
Pricing: $100 per person (for 2+) or $115 if only one person
Address: 234-6 Bangbae-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel: +82 010 3413 3998
Operating Hours: Starts at 2 PM
Janet’s Cooking Studio always offers private classes with a duration of 4 to 5 hours per session. Here, you will learn to cook 4 to 5 traditional dishes like japchae, seafood pajeon, tofu salad, and bulgogi. Unlike other cooking studios, Janet’s Cooking Studio is available daily, including Korean holidays. Reserve your spot for Janet’s Cooking Class today.
Cooking classes go beyond learning the step-by-step process, these programs give expats the chance to soak in the Korean culture that would also help their daily lives in the country. So if you are planning to book alone or with friends, choose from the 10 best English-speaking cooking classes in Seoul. Pick the one that suits your budget, goals, or specific recipes that you want to learn.