A glance at the menu reveals we wouldn't have a clue what to order - or avoid - on our own.
We also catch of our first glimpse of a Sichuan-style hot pot, a very different style from cook-your-own hot pots in other parts of China.
Food appears and we try everything from noodles to custard-type desserts.
Ling demonstrates how to stir up the noodles and sauce, as the cute young Chinese-Norwegian girl and the rest of us watch (Ling's assistant is on her left immediately below).
Another mama is making dumplings in a corner.
We idly wonder how many hundreds (thousands?) of others are making them on Friday night in this city of 15 million.
Then it's on to our next stop.