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Hands-On Cooking Classes

Our talented panel of homecooks share treasured family recipes of the spice-laden cuisine of South East Asia. Classes are limited to 10 people per session allowing for a highly personalised approach at individual cooking stations.

The Cooking School (the first of its kind in Penang) features Nyonya, Malay, Indian-Malay, Thai, Penang Street food and Asian Vegetarian cuisine. And each class and guided tour, offers a deeper insight into the use of herbs and spices through the generations for healing, health and to create a myriad of rich flavours.

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.

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. 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

Open daily. All classes are conducted in English. Morning & Afternoon classes available.




9:00am – Live Guided Tour of the Spice Terraces

9.45am – Complimentary tea at the Bamboo Garden

10am – Gift Shop

10.15am – Cooking Class

12.30 – 1pm – Class ends with lunch at the Pavilion

*Afternoon classes available too

 What people have said about the Cooking School:



The Chef spoke fluent English and provided a lot of historical context on the cultural influences on Nyonya cuisine. We prepared three dishes, a salad, a chicken rendang and a black stick(y) rice with coconut milk pudding, which was just absolutely delightful. Everything tasted great and he whole experience was amazing from start to finish. I would highly recommend this as a gift to someone or as a great couple experience.”

Source: Trip Advisor

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