My name is Xinyu Zhu, and I am from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. My family name is Zhu, so it is same pronunciation as ‘to cook’ in Chinese: 煮(Zhu). That’s how I came up with the name of Zhucook. I’ve loved cooking since I was only five years old. The first dish that I cooked was the simple Sichuan home-cooking style dish of tomato and fried egg soup. I am still in love with this kind of simple and homemade food.
My hometown Chengdu is in central Sichuan, in the southwest of China. The city is surrounded by the Chengdu Plain, also known as the “Country of Heaven” (天府之国 Tiānfǔ zhi Guó). It is especially famous for being full of all kinds of food. Most people misunderstand Sichuan food; they think that it is all about being hot and spicy. But it is not, it is more about a combination of different flavours. I hope that you will learn more about Sichuan food flavours by knowing me.
In 2012 I came to study in Rotterdam, and after graduating I worked for two years in logistics. Now I’m following my cooking passion and promoting the Sichuan food culture in the Netherlands. I do this by giving cooking workshops, writing recipes, and organizing Chinese Sichuan food events.
My goal is for more and more people to know about the Sichuan cuisine culture, and to teach people how they can cook Sichuan food at home or at work. That is why I provide workshops for individual people, group of friends and for businesses.