Cooking Classes in Malaysia

04 September 2018

Fry it, steam it, boil it; learn how to cook at these classes around Malaysia.

So you’re a beginner cook eager to expand your horizons in the kitchen, or an intermediate chef game to spice up your repertoire. These cooking classes around Malaysia will give you a hands-on approach in making pongteh, sar hor fun, beef rendang and more from scratch.

Culture Centre
Founded in 2013, ILOHA Culture Centre is peopled with friendly and professional teachers, making it one of the more popular places in Bangsar for cooking classes and language courses. Beginners are welcomed with open arms; expect to try your hand at making simple dishes like nasi lemak, okonomiyaki, chicken katsu curry and even tempura and handmade udon.

After class, hang out at the small café next to the cooking studio for hot maiko tea.
Address: 21-1 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. Prices and dates vary according to class type.

Bumbu Cooking Class
You're already in Kuching, the land of good food, so why not go the extra mile and learn how to whip up a storm in the kitchen, Sarawak-style? Bumbu doesn't have you just rolling up to class all ready to cook; you'll go on a guided walk to the market to shop for ingredients and have a hands-on approach to cooking with individual guidance by your host Joseph. Basic dishes are chicken curry, kuih tako and more; the more advanced cook can ask for Sarawak laksa.
Address: 57 Carpenter Street, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak. Prices from RM150; classes conducted daily.

Woods Macrobiotics
If you're more the clean eating type, learn to make your own healthy dishes at Woods Macrobiotics. Obviously championing the macrobiotic diet (centred on balancing the supposed yin and yang elements of food and the cooking process), dishes here heavily draw from wholegrains and natural food (no preservatives), with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. Previous classes have seen participants prepare interesting sourdough rye pancakes and vegan raw black sesame and brown rice chocolate truffles.

Address: AG-8, Block A, Ground Floor, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Prices from RM328.60; dates vary each month.


Curry laksa, char kuey teow and suji halwa will soon be part of your culinary repertoire after a session or two at LaZat. Classes are conducted in the open kitchen of a 130-year-old woooden house at the suburbs of Penchala Hills, so you'll be grinding ingredients in a lesung batu and frying noodles while surrounded by nature.

Highlights include beef rendang, sago pudding, pengat pisang and kuih koci.
Address: Lot 3196, Jalan Seri Penchala, Kampong Sg. Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur. Prices from RM200; classes conducted daily.

Nazlina’s Cooking Class

Nazlina's Cooking Class is all the rage for home chefs in Penang, and for good reason. Her George Town classes include morning sessions complete with breakfast and a market tour, as well as strictly vegetarian and vegan classes in the afternoon.

While the range of dishes you can cook is impressive (think beef in black sauce, cucur keria, Penang acar and more), it's her street food section (sar hor fun, mee goreng mamak, rojak) that makes her classes stand out from the lot.
Address: 2 Campbell Street, 10100 George Town, Penang. Prices from RM250; classes conducted every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Nancy's Kitchen
If the urge to badger Nancy for her authentic Peranakan food recipes arise after dining in at her restaurant in Melaka, have no fear; she now conducts cooking classes. Recipes on the curicculum include rempah masak lemak, pongteh and buah keras, with more to come. After school's out, you'll get to dig into your hard work, paired with refreshments like popiah, stir-fried vegetables, lime juice and steamed rice.
Address: 13, 13-1, 13-2, Jalan KL 3/8, Taman Kota Laksamana, Seksyen 3, 75200 Melaka. Prices from RM180; conducted weekdays.

More classes try:

Nathalie Gourmet Studio
For French dishes like vanilla mille-feuille and macarons, learn how to make them with Chef Nathalie Arbefeuille.

Oriental Cooking Academy
The two-day taster class is strictly for those serious about being a full-fledged Chinese cuisine chef.

Cooking with Manju
You'll soon be a pro at cooking tandoori chicken, pudina chutney, gobi aloo and more at Manju's class.

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