Dungan Cooking Class

The Place for Delicious Encounters

Tie on an apron and step up to the fire – this is your chance to cook a few of your favourite Dungan dishes. Start from scratch to prepare laghman sauce and handmade noodles, learn the secrets of the popular spicy condiment laza, and bring it all together on a wood-fired stove known locally as a kazan. Gather afterwards around a table together with your friends to taste these delicious dishes you've made yourselves – and don't forget to shop for spices from the bazaar so you can make it again after you've returned home!

Tour Highlights

  • Learn to cook laghman*, one of Central Asia's most iconic dishes and a cornerstone of Dungan cuisine, directly from a Dungan cooking instructor.
  • Start from scratch to make the hand-pulled noodles that define the dish – it's a little more involved than you might expect!
  • Enjoy the results of your efforts topped with special Dungan vinegar and served alongside a homemade Madanur tea blend, some of the ingredients for which are grown on-site in an herb garden.

*Vegetarian menus are available upon request. Please inform of food allergies at the time of booking.

Dungan Cooking Class

3 Hours  | from 1,200 KGS

per person


This tour is offered by Madanur Hotel team. As a member of Destination Karakol, this business is actively invested in promoting tourism and community development in Karakol and the surrounding region.

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Tour Details


Tour can be organized upon request (Please book at least 1 day in advance)

Start Time

Upon request between 10 AM - 5 PM


3 hours

Good For

Adults, families, children


English, Russian


Rain or shine.

Minimum Group Size

3 people (or upon special request)

Maximum Group Size

10 people (Group discount 15%, inquire for more details)

Meeting Point

Madanur Hotel, Toktogula 201, Karakol

Price Includes:

- Food and ingredients 
- Guide and Lagman Expert
- Water & Tea

Not Included in Price:

Alcoholic beverages

Additional Information

After a hands-on cooking experience, you'll taste the results of your efforts in a group meal of lagman, steamed bread, Madanur tea and famous Dungan bran vinegar, which is only made by Dungans in Issyk-Kul. Even if you've tasted lagman in restaurants, this tour is still for you - nothing tastes better than a feast you make yourself!

Note for individual travelers: All our tours require to have a minimum group of people. The Karakol Visitor Center team will do its best to assemble a group of other interested participants in order to guarantee your departure.

Tour Location and Meeting Point

This tour takes place at Madanur Hotel (201 Toktogul Street, Karakol).

From there, you will meet your guide and Laghman expert.