A first of it’s kind in Penang, the school is custom-made with 10 individual purpose-built workstations that allows for a memorable hands-on cooking experience.
Tucked away in a secluded corner of the Tropical Spice Garden, the cooking school is surrounded by jungle trees and wildlife, a small herb garden and a glimpse of the Andaman Sea.
Under the guidance of experienced and professional chefs – each specialising in Nyonya, Malay and Indian cuisines – you can learn to cook local favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Assam Laksa, Chicken Tandoori and even concoct refreshing spice inspired beverages.
As classes are limited to 10 persons, chefs are able to provide a personalized approach. Though the menus follow authentic and traditional methods they are taught in such a way that you are able to recreate the delicious dishes at home.
Morning classes begin at 9am with a complimentary guided tour of the Spice Terraces . This is followed by a pit stop where you can relax over a steaming cup of herbal tea sweetened with stevia leaves.
Once the tour is over, you will be taken to the cooking school where you will learn to prepare an array of delectable dishes from scratch. As the heat goes up and the AC comes on, you will be engulfed in a cloud of fragrant aromas that will have your stomach grumbling in anticipation.
Lunch is served at The Pavilion when you can indulge in the foods of your labour.
To round off your day, a visit to the Gift Shop is advisable as they have quite an impressive selection of herbs and spices. Individually sourced and imported from the best point of origin – cinnamon sticks and black cardamoms from Sri Lanka, vanilla pods from Bali and cloves and nutmeg from Penang – the spices are neatly packed and sealed for your convenience, so you can buy some back even if you plan on taking them overseas.