Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School is the first of its kind in Penang. Equipped with individual, purpose-built workstations, this allows for a memorable hands-on cooking experience. Tucked away in a secluded corner of an award-winning garden, the cooking school is surrounded by a lush forest with a glimpse of the Andaman Sea.
Under the guidance of experienced and professional chefs – each specialising in a variety of Malaysian cuisines – you can learn to cook local favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Penang Assam Laksa, Beef Rendang, Char Koay Teow, Chicken Tandoori to name a few, and even concoct refreshing spice-inspired beverages.
Morning class | 9.00am
Afternoon class | 1.30pm
9.00am Live Guided Tour of the Spice Terraces
9.45am Complimentary tea @ Bamboo Garden
10.00am Cooking Class
12.30/1pm Lunch @ The Patio
Time may vary due to complexity of dishes and differing range of abilities of each guest. We also encourage you to visit our Gift Shop (by the garden entrance) before or after class to pick up some spices and treat yourself to something nice!
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What Our Students Say
Looking for things to do while on holiday in Penang, we booked a morning cooking class and tour at The Spice Garden. From their website, chose our preference of dishes being offered on different days and chose Malaysian. After a delightful walk through the gardens with a fantastic and extremely informative guide, we attended our class— only my friend and I, so received very individual attention from our teacher, Rohana Turner. With all ingredients already laid out, we produced three very tasty dishes, using an array of natural spices under her excellent guidance. Not only an excellent instructor, Rohana’s warm, friendly manner made the experience such fun. Once completed, we enjoyed the fruits of our labour, yum! A visit to the spice shop is a must, and surprisingly inexpensive. Would definitely recommend this experience for all. Thanks, Spice Garden staff.
by Chris (Adelaide, Australia)
The Spice Garden and its affiliated cooking school was a one of a kind experience! First we spent 1 hour hour roaming through the spice gardens and understanding all of the different herbs, plants, and spices that make SE Asian food wonderful. Then we had a wonderful instructor Bee teach us how to make Assam laksa from scratch. Bee was great at guiding us and answering our questions. She was also wonderful to our kids (ages 4 & 1) who accompanied us to the class. Highly recommend to anyone stopping by food paradise, aka Penang!
I attended the cooking school with my two daughters and we had a brilliant morning. After a warm welcome we were given a tour of the garden by a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Upon entering the cooking school, we put on the special aprons (which we were allowed to keep) and spent the morning cooking a Malay salad, Prawn curry and banana fritters. Huge fun and highly delicious! Our teacher was excellent and took us through the dishes with lots of enthusiasm and patience, we had recipe sheets that we could keep enabling us to recreate the feast at home. At the end of the cooking we were led to an area where we ate what we had cooked, washed it down with nutmeg juice, then we visited the shop to buy some of the spices that we had used when cooking. Can thoroughly recommend this activity!.
by Sian T (Monmouth, United Kingdom)
It was fun to cook together with our chief Jamie and learn more about the local dishes and cooking styles. We got a lot of explanations with the recipe and had a great dinner at the end. Also the garden tour with all its explanations nice and very interesting.
by Thomas L (Stuttgart, Germany)
This is a must to do if visiting Penang whether you are an experienced cook or a novice who can’t boil water – yet.
by Linda (Canberra, Australia)