TSG Cooking School’s new HOMEpage

TSG Cooking School

www.tsgcookingschool.com

The Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School now has a new website with more information and for easier reference.

No, we are not separating from each other nor moving out, just thought that a stand alone website for The School itself would be great to meet the needs of the guest as time goes by.

Browse around the website to read more about the school itself, the multi-racial cuisines, our friendly (and beautiful) chefs, and of course, Book a Class!

We hope to serve you better. Stay tuned for more upgrading works 🙂

www.tsgcookingschool.com

Night Walks

Night Walks at Tropical Spice Garden

For the first time ever, Tropical Spice Garden presents Night Walks!

Set in a beautiful jungle valley of 8 acres,  our garden showcases a living collection of more than 500 species of flora and fauna. It will be the best nature classroom to discover nocturnal plants, and creatures.

Starting exclusively with max 12 guest per walk, we hope to showcase our tropical rainforest eco-system and to provide an experience of uncovering the mystery of the forest by night. We hope to awaken guest’s senses to the nature and dispel the fears in them. Our well-trained guides will elaborate on nocturnal plants and their night characteristics. There are many creatures of invertebrae, reptiles and amphibians to be discover too!

Night Walks is scheduled start 1st August 2014 and to be held twice a month and each walk will take up to 2 hours. No worries on the torch light and equipment as we will be providing them including light refreshment. Advance bookings is required to participate in Night Walks.

Night Walks for August – October 2014:
1st    August (Fri)           .      23rd August (Sat)
19th September (Fri)     .      26th September (Fri)
3rd October (Fri)            .      24th October (Fri)
Hurry up and register yourself for one of the session!

Promo price until end of October 2014 only!

Green is the New Black

Guest Chef of TSG Cooking School . Vegetarian Menu

Cheng Lze Huei

People are drawn to vegetarian by all sorts of motives including to live healthier and to save the environment. Lze Huei shares her vegetarianism by cooking and believes that people are still open for modern living vegetarian lifestyle base on her experiences.

 

Lze Huei started her career since 2007 by sharing her personal menu and cooking method. In year 2011, she established vegetarian kiosk “I Love Vege” at Queensbay Mall, Bayan Lepas to share her passions with both locals and oversea customers.  She can be said as the pioneer in the industry and hope to make it a trend to eat healthy.

 

Some of her expertise dishes includes Japanese Sushi, Basil Spaghetti & Vegen Mushroom Soup, Hot and Sour Soup of Mushroom and Mustard (Chinese Chai-Boi), and Chinese Herbal Soup serve with mixture of mushroom (Bakut Teh),

 

“By teaching more people about vegetarian food, we can share more modern eating trend to more people so that they can share it with even more families and friends of theirs wherever they go.”

 

Wedding @ Water Garden

Aspen & Tamika Bear

Aspen & Tamika Bear

Last week was great at the garden as we celebrated Aspen & Tamika’s wedding. It was wonderful yet touching to see them tying the knot together and now become one in the presence of their family. Though it was a small yet simple ceremony but we can feel the warm of the couple and their family, gathering together again after years of separation due to work and so on.

Click HERE to view some images of the wedding ceremony.

Would like to congratulate the newly wedds once again. Be merry and be happy!

Contact us @ +604-881 1797 for enquiries on venue hire.

Garden Audio Tour -check out our new rates

Garden Audio Tour

Yes, this what’s we’re working on recently. All the installations and renovations is going on progressively in the garden now. Garden Audio Tour starts on 1st of April 2014 in 7 international languages. It is an innovative by the garden hoping to bring your garden tour experience to a whole new level.

Garden Audio Tour

Adult                : RM26.00

Senior/Student : RM20.00

Child                : RM15.00

 

Live Guided Tour [9am , 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm]

Adult                 : RM35.00

Senior/Student : RM 28.00

Child                 : RM 20.00

 

We apologise for all the inconvenience during this time and do bare with us for a little while more as we are at the final stage of maintenance.

Hope to see you soon 🙂

Something exciting !

Just a quick update!

Will be expecting a major update in the garden by April, 2014!

Please take note that there will be changes on rates and fees (including garden entrance, team buildings, and venue hire) starting April 2014, we will update on it once we have everything confirmed. In the mean time, do give the garden a call if you have any inquiries.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to serve you even better in the future.

Tel: +604- 881 1797      Fax: +604- 881 3794

Email: info@tropicalspicegarden.com

Valen-Thai Tiffin Picnic by the garden

Valentine's Poster

ValenThai Special

Valentine’s Day is just a week away.

Still wondering on how to surprise your partner?

Forget about the chocolates and flower!

Do something special this year. How about cooking side by side with your Valentine and make this 3 beautiful Thai dishes with your beloved one on this memorable day and dine amidst our luscious garden.

So hurry and booked with us now!

CNY ‘Kuih’ Making Workshop

It’s the season of gift and joy again..

Noticed that the Aunty opposite your house starts to sit in the porch with the charcoal burning and some metal clips on it.. that familiar noise from the metal clips.. that buttery yet a little bit burnt smell in the air..

CHINESE NEW YEAR IS APPROACHING!!

For those of you who cannot picture this, visit the garden on the 26th January 2014 to get a hands-on on how Kuih Kapit and Kuih Bangkit is done.

CNY Poster

Let me give you a brief intorduction:

IMG_0102Kuih Kapit a.k.a Love Letters is a traditional Nyonya thin/sliced biscuits make using these metal clips. and has has become a culture of the Chinese to make this during the Chinese New Year.

traditional chinese new year cookies

traditional chinese new year cookies

Kuih Bangkit a.k.a Baked Tapioca Flour Cookie is another famous Nyonya cookies and it’s a must have during the Chinese New Year. It is very soft and melts as soon as it’s in our mouth!

To learn more about them, come visit us at the garden.

Bring your kids along, it would be a great opportunity for them to learn and experience a culture’s tradition.

TSG’s Triple Launch

It was a very exciting and memorable day for Tropical Spice Garden (TSG) as we launched our 10th Anniversary month, together with our newly published book Tropical Spice Garden: Asia’s Hidden Eden and the opening of our new trail Beverages of the World.

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The event was officiated by the Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Lim Guan Eng (CM) and attended by officials and representatives of the tourism industry in Penang.

The day began with the unveiling of the TSG Rapid Penang bus. Ten representatives and officials – YAB Lim Guan Eng, YB Danny Law (EXCO Tourism, Development & Culture), David & Rebecca Wilkinson (Founders of TSG), Kenneth & Katharine Khoo (Directors of TSG), Lim In Chong (landscape designer for TSG), Ms Ooi Geok Ling (Penang Global Tourism), Ch’ng Huck Teng (Chairman of ATAP), Mary Ann Harris (Chairman of MAH) and Chin Poh Chin (President of PTGA) − boarded the bus in front of Bayview Beach Resort to TSG for the milestone event.

(L-R) Chin Poh Chin, YB Danny, CM, Katharine Khoo, Mary Ann Harris, Ch'ng Huck Teng, David Wilkinson, Lim In Chong, Ooi Geok Ling, Kenneth Khoo & Rebecca Wilknson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They arrived to the welcoming cheers of staff and guests as well as the chorus of the Spice Girl’s Spice Up Your Life. The entrance was a medley of colours with members of staff decked out in Spice Out! t-shirts and colourful trousers, waving painted signs.

Without further ado, guests were escorted to the Water Garden which for the welcome speeches starting with Katharine Khoo, Managing Director of TSG. “ If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be standing here today addressing all of you here today, I may not have believed you!” she began.

“In the last ten years, visitors and friends of the gardens have described Tropical Spice Garden as a labour of love. If you could see into my minds eye and the memories that are captured within, I can say that this surely is an indisputable fact. Our little pocket of paradise has warmed the heart of each of our team members over the years and each visitor that have walked through our doors.”

The CM who has always shown support for eco-tourism in Penang commended TSG for setting the bar as an internationally renowned eco-attraction on the island.  “When TSG opened in 2003 it was a premier attraction in the green lung of Teluk Bahang paying homage to Penang’s natural history and the significance of the spice trade centuries ago. There were not many internationally rated attractions at the time”

Admitting that he took time out of his busy schedule just to attend the event he said, “When the invitation arrived, I said we had to try to fit it in. Because we don’t only want to show support but also to celebrate excellence.” He continued, “TSG is one of those few (attractions) that we can be proud of and have also encouraged others to up their game.”

As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, TSG also introduced the newly published Tropical Spice Garden: Asia’s Hidden Eden which charts the inspiration and passion behind TSG. The book, which is available in hardback and paperback is packed with full colour photography, gardening tips, recipes and fascinating tales of spices. “We believe a good thing is meant to be shared,” says Katharine. “We have endeavoured to share a story of the spice heritage of Penang and the great pride we take in being a living testimony to that.”

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Following a quick photo session with the VIPs holding copies of the new book, guests were led to the Beverages of the World for the opening ceremony of the new trail. The new section of the garden showcases the three major beverage crops of the world – tea, coffee and cocoa. The CM was invited to symbolically plant a tea sapling as a gesture of the continuous growth and development within the Tropical Spice Garden and Penang.

CM & Kenneth Khoo, planting a tea sapling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical Spice Garden holds claim to be the only spice garden of its size and nature in the country. And yet there is still more to be accomplished. Speaking about the future, Katharine says “During Visit Malaysia Year 2014 we intend to announce more children’s related and guided tour related value add-ons. So stay tuned for more to come!”