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A Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur

A Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur

Are you looking for a way to immerse yourself in a local culture? A great way you can do this is by taking a local cooking class where you’ll have the opportunity to cook some delicious traditional dishes of the country you’re in.

I was lucky enough to participate in a half-day cooking class during my recent visit to Malaysia and although I was initially skeptical about whether I’d enjoy it, it was a terrific experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Malaysian Cooking Class Ingredients

The ingredients for our first dish - Savoury Meat Filled Cups.

After arriving at LaZat, a cooking school held within a contemporary Malaysian home, my first thoughts were “let’s hurry up and get this over and done with”. We had only arrived in Kuala Lumpur around 5 hours earlier and were running on very little sleep – not the ideal situation when you’re about to work with knives and over a red-hot stove.

But after meeting our friendly instructor Saadiah and putting on my beautiful pink and peach apron, my enthusiasm for the class quickly grew and before you know it I had learned how to crack an egg with one hand (although my effort wasn’t the greatest attempt at executing this task).

Saadiah preparing Kuih Cara Berlauk

Saadiah preparing Kuih Cara Berlauk - Savoury Meat Filled Cups.

The first thing on the menu, as you’ve probably established from the photos, were savoury meat filled cups cooked in cara moulds. These were pretty simple to make – fry the meat filling, prepare the garnish and the batter and then place the mixture into the moulds to cook.

Thinking these delicious cups were the main course, I indulged in several of them before realizing that they were only the appetizer. Whoops!

My Savoury Cups

The Malaysian ladies took this photo for me to bring home to mom. Pretty apron, huh?

I quickly discovered that still to come on the menu was Nasi Lemak with Condiments, Sambal Tumis Udang (Prawns in Chilli Paste) and Sago Gula Melaka for dessert (Sago Pudding with Palm Sugar Syrup).

Over the next hour or so our group prepared these items and a lunchtime feast for ourselves that could rival food served in a restaurant. Well, maybe not that great, but the food is always better when you’ve prepared it yourself! I’m not even a big seafood fan but these prawns had a truly fantastic flavor.

Sambal Tumis Udang

The main course - Prawns in Chilli Paste with Nasi Lemak.

As I’ve already mentioned, taking a cooking class is something that I highly recommend you try on your next overseas trip. Even if you’re not the greatest in the kitchen, the expert guidance of a cooking teacher is enough to help you to prepare something that is at the very least edible… and the best part is, there’s help on hand to wash up all your dishes so you don’t have to do the dirty work!

I’m really looking forward to participating in another cooking class with Amy during our round-the-world trip… something in Italy or France would be ideal I think! Mmm… home-made pizza!

How do you immerse yourself in the local culture? Have you ever tried a local cooking class?

10 Comments

  1. Posted June 26, 2011 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    I can’t talk about culture when you look so good in that apron Kieron haha. Sounds like you had a great time! I find going for a drink with the locals a great way of learning about their families, way of lives and the country you’re in…especially if you go to a ladyboy cabaret in Thailand =)

    • Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      Haha thanks, I guess? Amy was very impressed with how cute I looked in the apron lol. Hopefully we get to do plenty of drinking with the locals on our upcoming trip but not too much drinking with the ladyboys!

  2. Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    We just did a Tuscan cooking class in Florence, Italy! Amazing!! Now we are trying to find ones in India. Can’t wait to get home and try out our new skills. Will be blogging about it soon.

  3. Posted June 28, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    That looks like a lot of fun! How did you arrange to have the cooking lesson? Was it offered online?

  4. Posted June 29, 2011 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Amazing! Never know there’s such thing like Malaysian cooking class. I haven’t tried local cooking class and definitely will do it on my next trip.

    Cheers,
    Farahz

  5. Posted July 5, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    This sounds like something I’d love to do! Maybe I should start in my own backyard O:-)

  6. Posted July 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    wow that looks so fun. I want to take the cooking class too. Too bad I’m not in Mala

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