Cooking with Friends

By Luna Chen and Jessica Yu, FCSN Youth Volunteer

FCSN’s cooking class project first started in June 2020. Since its first session, the class has covered a variety of recipes and cooking techniques. So far, these have included homemade ice cream, spam musubi, pizza bagels, quesadillas, potato croquettes, and much more.

Victor Gan cooking chow mien

The virtual class is conducted over Zoom on Saturdays from 12:15 to 1:15. The project leaders are Luna Chen and Jessica Yu, currently juniors at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley and Mission San Jose High School, respectively. They both decided to teach the class out of a love for cooking and teaching. 

On a typical week, recipes are planned in advance and sent out a week before each class. Participants learn not only how to make the recipes, but also the cultural background and some fun facts about the foods. During class, Luna and Jessica go through cooking fundamentals which will help students learn essential skills for future projects. Their wish is to communicate that cooking is not only a life skill, it can be very fun as well. The recipes are usually relatively easy, and they can be replicated or improved upon. Although the class is in unison, the students are able to work at their own pace and can sometimes even swap out certain ingredients for their own preferences.

“We’ve seen lots of improvement in our students. From just novice recipes to trying some of our more complicated dishes such as potato croquettes, our students have made a lot of progress in a very short span of time,” said Jessica Yu. The students also see improvements in their techniques. “It helps me improve my cutting skills and cooking skills,” said Kevin Choi.

Kevin Chang’s chow mien preparation

From this point on, Luna and Jessica are looking forward to continue teaching the class. The class is not only a great opportunity for FCSN students to develop their cooking skills, but it also allows for students to interact with each other. “My favorite part of the class is when the students are done cooking, and every student shares their own take on the recipe with each other,” said Luna Chen.

To find out more about the class and its opportunities, please email Jessica Yu or Luna Chen at or

Cooking Class Information

There are total 10 classes planned for this session. Here are the items that we will be cooking — pancakes, breakfast quesadilla, sweet and sour chicken, chicken parmesan spaghetti, and sushi. Additionally, families who registered can choose 5 out of the following items — sandwich, Japanese curry, Korean tofu stew, kimchi spam fried rice, oyakodon, instant noodles, milk tea and boba, tteoboki, banana milk or student/family suggestions.

WHO: 16 or older
WHEN: Saturday 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 & 4/24 @ 12:15 noon – 1:15 pm
CONTACT: Jaqueline Yu |
COST: $25
To register, please click here.
* Please note that there’s no refund once registered.

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