Me and my girlfreind are both 'cookaholics' with a fondness for Asian cuisine so during our recent stay in KL we naturally wanted to try out an authentic maylasian cooking course.
We only found out about Jens cooking academy while we actually were in KL and not before we got there so we contacted Jen in the hope that we could make a last minuite booking.
Jen and Natasha quickly and kindly called us back at the hotel and were able to arrange an evenings cooking for the two of us at short notice.
We have travled a fair ammount of Asia and taken part in many cooking courses but The cooking academy at Jens was really something special.
I would describe it more of a cooking experience than a class as we got to experience so much more than just cooking. We got a snap shot of everything from Malasian culture, living and lifestyle to the history of the country and its develoment. Oh and of course malaysian food and making and getting to eat the fantastic home cooked dishes :)
On arrival we were met and greeted by Jen who introduced us to Natasha, Brabon and family who gave us a very warm welcome into their home.
In the kitchen we worked with different family members who would take turns guide us through various stages to create their own individual dishes that can accompany Nasi Lemak.
Starting with Brabons 'fast and furious' salad, followed by Natashas seasoned turmeric chicken wings. Next up was Brabons Sambal (My personal favorite) followed by Jen's Ikan Billis with and then her Nasi lemak. All of this was rounded off with some smaller accopnaniments to the meal.
Each stage of the cooking process was really well explained and made to be fun and relaxed as we would talk and joke as we cooked which made the experience all the more enjoying. The preparation of each item was cooked in an order that enabled everything to be ready to serve as a complete meal.
After all the cooking was done we all sat down together to try out the Nasi lemak and accompanying dishes we had created. The food was excellent and the company great as we were made to feel like part of the family all eating together and chatting away about everything and anything. Just after the food was finished Jen Brought out one last suprise in the form of pisang goreng (Fried bananas) with ice cream which was the best dessert to cool down those amazing spices!
At the end of the evenning all of the recipes we cooked were to be emailed to us which was a great idea as we didnt have any papers to carry around for the rest of out trip which could get damaged or lost.
All in all this was the best cooking class that i have taken part in compared with the numerous other ones i have tried during my travels throughout asia over the last 5 years.
A big thanks To Jen and family for your warm hospitality and excellent recipes!
We would both thoroughly reccomend the Jens homegrown cooking academy to anyone Visiting KL!!
P.S. did i mention that Brabons sambal is really good! :)
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