Best cooking school I've ever been to! My mum had gone to the spice garden last year, so when I mentioned I was heading to Penang she mentioned this was a must see. Admittedly on the day I was feeling a bit under the weather, nevertheless it was still a great day.
We caught a taxi out to the Spice Garden from George Town for 50Rm and friendly staff greeted us at the gate and gave us some citronella oil to spay on us to keep the mozzies at bay. Joseph, our guide, then took us on a tour of the spice gardens. His knowledge and passion for spices was brilliant. We leant so much and it was great to see some of these spices in their natural form rather than dried up in packaging. It was also wonderful to be able to smell and taste some of these spices straight from the plants. Thanks Joseph!
After the tour we went to the cooking school where we met Pearly. Pearly is a star, so full of life and enthusiasm and boy can she cook! We made three dishes, all of which I would have never tried myself because they just seemed too hard, but Pearly walked us through it and made it a breeze. The food was amazing... nothing else in Penang tasted as good as what we made at the spice garden.
I can’t sing Pearly’s praise enough. Pearly and her assistances are truly amazing and very generous. Thanks Pearly!
After the cooking class we were let loose in the spice shop which is an amazing little store full of spices, cook books (including Pearly’s) cooking equipment and craft.
If you only do one thing when in Penang – go to the spice garden and do a tour and cooking class, the world of spices will become a whole lot bigger.
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