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“The best in the Malaysia, maybe world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tropical Spice Garden

Tropical Spice Garden
Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang | Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11100, Malaysia
+60 6048811797
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Owner description: Garden Audio Tours available in 7 Languages: English, Chinese, Malay, Arabic, Japanese, German & French. Alternatively you may take the Live Guided Tour starting at 9am, 11.30Am, 1.30Pm & 3.30Pm. The trails are uneven and going up hill, therefore wheelchairs & strollers are not recommended. The Hidden Eden of Southeast Asia! Timeless and enchanting, Tropical Spice Garden is an eco-attraction tucked within a natural valley fronting the Straits of Malacca. The showcase garden houses over 500 species of herb, spice and tropical plants. Explore and discover the fabulous diversity of nature as you through trails and pathways that meander through undulating hills, jungles terraces and natural streams.
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“The best in the Malaysia, maybe world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Beautiful place with almost all kind of spices is plant there. If you go there, please take their guide with you and they are very knowledgeable and will tell provide you will all the interesting facts.

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“Tranquil Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visited the Tropical Spice Garden last week and it was one of our favourite places in Penang.
We opted for the guided tour 25myr per adult and 15 myr per child. Our guide was very informative and it was interesting to have a look at how many of the spices grow, nutmeg trees, clove trees, pepper trees, vanilla and many more. The gardens are beautifully laid out, maintained and it was very tranquil inside.
The gift shop had a great array of herbs and spices for sale, I bought some herbs and some stevia leaves and had no problems getting them back into Australia as they had been dried thoroughly and were well packed and labelled.
We didn't do the cooking class here as we had done one in Georgetown a couple of days before but the facilities in the cooking school looked fantastic.
Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“What a delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Over the past week we travelled around Malaysia on a 'flavours of Malaysia' culinary tour, tasting and learning about the foods of various regions. On the final day we participated in a cooking class at the Tropical Spice Garden in Penang ... it was fabulous! The day started with a walking tour around the fragrant gardens led by an entertaining and knowledgeable guide named Danny, and a cup of cat's whiskers tea, claimed to have all sorts of medicinal properties. Our class consisted of five couples, four from Australia and one from Bangladesh, and was taught by the delightful Pearly Kee, who describes herself as a fifth generation Penang Nyonya.

The class made a range of spicy dishes, and Pearly guided us step by step through everything, offering valuable tips and tricks along the way. Up till now, all the Malaysian recipes I'd made had been from recipe books, so it was great to have some guidance on how to do things properly and more efficiently.

Six members of the class made seafood dishes, while the other four (not fans of seafood) made a potato rendang and a chicken sambal. We all made simple salads to serve alongside the curries, and Pearly provided pandan-scented coconut rice and a yummy dessert based on wheat pearls, coconut and palm sugar. After several hours of cooking we all sat down around a long table to enjoy the fruits of our labours. The food was delicious and we ate every morsel! Definitely worth doing if you find yourself in Penang.

A tip for future participants: please let them know in advance if you're planning to do a class and have particular food allergies or dislikes, as they prepare the ingredients before the participants arrive so it is hard to change the menu at short notice.

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“Fantastic Cooking Experience!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We booked in for the cooking class fore we left Australia, and all of our initial enquiries via email were responded to promptly and informatively which made our booking process run smoothly - complete with a paypal transaction to reduce overseas credit card transaction fees. Definitely convenient to have already arranged the day beforehand e got here.
Upon arrival, we were given a tour of the garden! interesting! but not really overly exciting. We walked around after the cooking lesson and found it much more tranquil without the amplified commentary.
The cooking experience was FANTASTIC. Authentic food,and our teacher, Rohana, was encouraging and supportive throughout the lesson. The kitchen staff that whisked away each dirty item once we used it made for such an easy process - not sure I could keep my workspace this clean on my own.
The meal we cooked was delicious, a chicken curry with potato patties and mango and banana custard. We were ushered into a lovely outdoor dining area to enjoy our feast and chat some more to Rohana and the other members of our class.
Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I would definitely consider booking in to another class on our next trip as it was such an easy trip on the bus from The. Hotel on the 101 bus - it stops right outside,
I would not recommend this class for kids or pre-teens.

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“Authentic cooking experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had a great time today at the Tropical Spice Garden. We did the cooking class which included a tour of the beautiful gardens and explanations about various spices - very interesting. The cooking class was great. Pearly is an excellent teacher and the food we made tasted great! Highly recommended.

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