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Pickles & Spices Cooking Class

Nazlina Spice Station | 2, Campbell Street, Georgetown, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia
+60 12-453 8167
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Ranked #5 of 19 activities in Georgetown
Type: Classes/Workshops
Traveler Description: Experience the hustle and bustle of the wet market, then cook local food from scratch, guided by a funny, knowledgeable local cook. Nazlina is also a... more »
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washington, dc
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We just wrapped up a great cooking class with Nazlina in her new facility. Directly opposite the wet market, it's a great location and well set up for cooking classes, with eight cook stations and a long communal table for prep work and eating. Our class felt semi-private: just me, my wife, and two other travelers. We made chicken rendang,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I enrolled my mother and myself in a cooking class with the lovely and talented Nazlina Hussin the creator of this wonderful experience. We toured the wet markets and observed Nazlina purchasing the ingredients for our cooking class and she explained to us all about the different spices, fruit and food in the market. The tour included a lot of... More

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

After breakfast and a visit to the wet markets in Campbell Street, we travelled to Nazlina's house in Balik Pulau on the western side of the island. Nazlina showed us what needed to be done to prepare the three dishes - char kuey teow, curry chicken Kapitan and fresh spring rolls (I can't remember their proper name). We were all... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We started the tour for a morning breakfast where we discussed what different recipes we would like to try. This was very difficult as there were 14 people in the course (including 2 children). We did a basic tour of the wet food markets that was okay. It was very difficult to hear because they are very busy places and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I highly recommend Nazlina's half day cooking class. This includes breakfast and visit to nearby markets to choose groceries for your class. The fee you pay Nazlina includes everything for the morning. She was a great teacher and fun to be around. Very knowledgeable and clearly known and liked by the local merchants. At breakfast she asked us what we... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We met up with Nazlina near the markets for breakfast (NB - you don't need to wake up earlier than then start time to have brekkie if you're like me and need to start the day with food! We weren't aware we got breakfast so ate before) and we really enjoyed having a look around at the local wet markets... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Pretty much nothing is prepped for the class, which means that we really got to experience what it's like to make Nasi Lemak from scratch--from shopping for the ingredients to making our own sambal with a mortar and pestle. So if you are looking to have your own wok station and having all the ingredients prepped for you, then this... More

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Toronto, Canada
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

It is a great concept, a good idea, but if you have done other cooking classes around east asia, it is hard to not compare those experiences to hers. We took friends, and they loved it, but my wife and I had done one in Thailand months earlier, and there were stark differences. I think if Nazlina jsut increased the... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Met up with Nazlina for one of her morning cooking classes. After a tasty breakfast, we headed to two food markets where she showed us the many varieties of food and spices we would be using to make our dishes. The halal method of preparing a chicken and the coconut milk production was most interesting. After food shopping, we head... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Fresh and fun. There were eight participants and it didn't feel crowded nor did it feel tired, even though Naz had clearly been doing this for many years. We all had a hand in when we wanted and Naz decided what we would cook based on what we wanted to learn. Our two children 8 and 12 were made very... More

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