Sing Ma Chinese Comfort Foods: Dai Chow - Zi Char - In Person

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6:00pm to 9:30pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 12 students. Review our registration and cancellation policies here. Masks are welcome.


Dai Chow in Malaysia, or Zi Char in Singapore is the kind of no nonsense Chinese restaurant where you go for an affordable, mind-boggling variety of home-cooked comfort foods. A portmanteau of "Big" and "Fry" and "Cook" and "Fry", these dishes are mostly stir-fried and wok-hei intense, and borrow heavily from Hakka and Hokkien influences. These dishes are often meant to be enjoyed with a large group of family and friends over several pints of cold beer.  Join Chef Linda and 18 Reasons to cook up a few large batches of dishes so flavorful that they’ve been aptly named, “rice-thieves.” Good thing there will be a freshly steamed batch of jasmine rice to round out the meal! 


Cereal Shrimp - Butter Fried Shrimp with Curry Leaves, Nestum Cereal and Chili

Braised Pork Belly and Salted Fish

Steamed Egg with Century Eggs and Salted Duck Yolks

Tofu, Yuba, Shiitake Mushroom and Bok Choy

Jasmine Rice


This menu contains the following common allergens: Fish, Shellfish, Egg, Dairy, Wheat, Soy. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 



Linda Tay Esposito is a teaching chef whose food represents a tribute and a commitment to the authenticity of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim. For the last 18 years, Linda has shared her passion and knowledge of East and Southeast Asian cuisines in the Bay Area by teaching at many notable cooking schools in the Bay Area. An all around food professional, Linda expanded the distribution for artisan tofu maker, Hodo Soy, and led the development of La Cocina’s municipal marketplace, where she uses food as a creative approach to economic development. Linda's specialties include Malaysian cuisine, Chinese cuisine, various Southeast Asian cuisines, and private classes and dinners at 18 Reasons.


Photo credit: Linda Tay Esposito