Things to Do: Cooking Class
No trip to Penang will be complete without consuming copious amount of its heavenly street food. The culinary heritage of this part of Malaysia is certainly one of the richest and most diverse, and you will be ill-advised not to hunt down the best Char Koay Teow or Laksa that the island has to offer.
However, food hunting alone will only give you a taste of one aspect of Penang’s food culture. For an immersive culinary experience, I recommend rolling up your sleeve and getting your hands dirty in Penang’s kitchens.
There are quite a number of reputable cooking schools in Penang that offer one-off classes for tourists. Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School, located outside of historic George Town, is one of them. As suggested by the name, your will first be given a tour through the fragrant gardens, before heading to an air-conditioned kitchen for the actual cooking class. Depending on which class you’ve booked, you will learn from one of their professional chefs on how to cook Nyonya, Malay or Indian cuisines, so hopefully you can recreate the mouth-watering Penang dishes even after you’re back home.
Trying to create an ultimate foodie itinerary but don’t know where to start? My team’ll be more than happy to give you some suggestions or help you with class booking. My hotel’s Discover Malaysia with Jen package also offers a half-priced 4-hour hawker food trail tour, where you will follow a knowledgeable local guide on an incredible hawker food expedition.