Pennywort Cooking Class

Pennywort Cooking Class, Bagan: Address, Phone Number, Pennywort Cooking Class Reviews: 5/5

Pennywort Cooking Class
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We offer morning or afternoon cooking classes. The morning class starts at the New Bagan market at 07.30am where we browse and do some shopping the walk to my house for cooking and lunch. The afternoon class starts at my house at 3:30 pm and we chat, cook and enjoy dinner. Our aim is to introduce you not only to Myanmar food but also our culture, lifestyle and how food and dining is a key part of our social life. We are not professional chefs, we just love sharing food and stories with travellers. The class is at our house with local cooking equipment and traditional recipes- part of it is hands-on and part is demonstration. The menu includes soup, salad and main course. We do require advance bookings so that we can prepare. Please let us know your name, your hotel (in case we need to contact you) and any food allergies or dietary requirements. The class is 20 USD per person (Please note that we cannot accept credit cards!) which includes the class, all food and drinking water, tea and coffee. 20% of the tour price going to the Kuthodaw Library, a library we set up to promote reading to the young people in our neighbourhood. We do hope you will come cook with us! Please let me know if you have further questions. Thank you, Maythu
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Jerome P
Levis, Canada75 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was a solo traveller but i did the cooking class with other travellers and that was great to spend this amazing time with them.

May is a great person and her staff also ! She offered us several choices of recipes and after we started to cook. We have made 15 dishes and side dishes in total !!! Very yummy food !

During the cooking time, you work but you don't really realize that the group is preparing that much food !!! Hopefully, the left over is offered to the locals.

Also May has a entrepreneur mind !!! And she wants to help the community, the people and the environment.
So all her projects are great and a part of the money we pay for the cooking class goes to those project.

I very highly recommend this cooking class, for all of you that want to help the local community in Myanmar and also learn more about their culture and their lovely food !
Written January 29, 2020
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Thank you so much,Jerome.
Written June 20, 2020
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Alex shellabear
Perth, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
It was such an enjoyable experience! May invites you to her home and shows you how to cook many traditional meals. Her English is fantastic and May talks about local life and the history of Bagan. Strongly recommend!
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you so much,Alex.
Written June 20, 2020
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nelsoli
Seattle, WA192 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
What a fantastic day. Started at the market. Learned so many things about the local cuisine and culture. Took a tour of the market and then was set out with money to buy the produce for the cooking class! We then walked the short distance to May’s house for the cooking class (after stopping along the way for wonderful coffee). The class was so much fun. Again, we learned a lot about Myanmar food and culture. The meal was absolutely delicious - not only because the ingredients were fresh and the recipes very creative, but because it was made with so much love. The hostess, May, is wonderful and cares deeply about her community. It was special to be a part of this.
Written February 12, 2020
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Thank you so much,Nelsoli.
Written June 20, 2020
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jjessa
London142 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
I booked my sister and I into May's cooking class via facebook / email. She was very responsive and offered the choice of morning or afternoon.

We met May at 7:30am to visit the local markets and buy the produce for our dishes. She asked what we preferred to cook and based the dishes around that. I saw so many vegetables I'd never seen like wing beans and bean bulbs - the guided market tour was worth the experience alone.

A daughter and father were also cooking with us, which was great to meet new people and chat. We each cooked a salad and a main dish. So. Much. Delicious. Food. May talked us through the preparation and cooking and we shared notes about the recipes.

We sat down to a veritable feast. The price included water, a beer, massive lunch and the class.

Half the fee supports May's library project, providing the Bagan area with books and literacy support. Feel good factor plus.
Written January 2, 2016
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Thank you so much.
Written July 21, 2018
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Brissa Y
Honolulu, HI11 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
After taking an overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan, we arrived just in time to meet May at 7:30am. She took us to a nearby market to pick out fresh ingredients for all of the dishes we would cook. May then treated us to tea and a delicious Burmese pastry, before walking a short distance to her house.

We learned how to make 5 dishes, using ingredients from her garden as well. Unlike cooking classes in other parts of SE Asia, in which you mimic what the chef is doing with other people, this was a personalized and intimate experience. We didn't leave her house until almost noon, because we were having too much fun prepping, cooking, eating, talking, and taking a look at the library she runs which is attached to her house (20% of the cost of this class goes toward educating the neighborhood children).

Taking this cooking class made out visit to Bagan even more memorable. May is the sweetest and most friendly woman you will meet in Bagan! Well worth the $20.
Written October 16, 2015
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Thank you so much.
Written July 21, 2018
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Daveozz
Kfar Saba, Israel225 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Been here today after reading the recommends on TA. We were a group of four young guys, met May at 3.30 and shortly after having a quick tour at May's children library we started cooking our dinner. Whithin 3 hours we made a simple and delicious Myanmar home cooked meal, mostly curry spiced chicken and fish and variety of fresh salads. May and here family were very welcoming, having us cooking in their backyard kitchen and helping us along the way, chatting and having a good time. The dinner was super yummi, maybe the best I had in Myanmar, not only due to the fact that we cooked it!

A very interesting, authentic, non commertialized, super yummi experience. Highly recommended!
Written July 29, 2015
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Thank you so much.
Written July 21, 2018
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anne97531
Asia31 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
We did a lunch time cooking class with Pennywort and absolutely loved it. We met May, the host/chef, at the New Bagan market in the morning to buy the ingredients then walked to her house to prepare the dishes. May was the ultimate guide: we really learned a lot at the market not just about food but about the local lives in Bagan and walking through her neighbourhood was a real treat- it seems as if few visitorss would ever know it existed even though it is very near the tourist restaurants. The cooking was a combination of hands-on and observation using traditional techniques and recipes from her family. In addition May runs a small library for the neighbourhood kids. She is truly passionate about promoting reading and education and this small cooking class venture is her way of raising additional money for the library. So not only was it a great day out but we also contributed to the community. (and later went to buy some extra books for the library) I would highly recommend Pennywort for anyone interested in the food, culture and lifestyles of Bagan as well as a respite from getting 'temple tired'
Written July 12, 2015
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Thank you so much,Anne.
Written July 21, 2018
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Naxcel
Bomoseen, VT72 contributions
Feb 2020
May's cooking class was one of the highlights of our time in Myanmar. Everything was absolutely delicious, and we learned so much. Went with my daughter and we both loved it!
Written February 8, 2020
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Thank you so much,Naxcel.
Written June 20, 2020
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Rob Clayson
Mount Gambier, Australia2,568 contributions
Mar 2019
My wife & I attended the Pennywort cooking class & thoroughly enjoyed it. It started off with a visit to the local market where our host, May, took us around the market explaining all the produce. Then, the fun starts. We where given 2000Kyat to buy supplies to cook with. Yikes, we didn't go to well but combined with our other two fellow cooking crew, the four of us managed to round up enough produce to do some cooking. Followed by a cup of tea at a local cafe, we then walked to the cooking school. We cooked several dishes & the explanation on how to cook & prepare them was fantastic. Even better is that at the end of the class, you get to eat all the food you have cooked. Some of the money you pay to May is used to fund a local library the community is trying to run so its a win/win situation.
Written April 29, 2019
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Thank you very much.
Written May 22, 2019
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SHO
25 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Pennywort offers an insight to day-to-day Myanmar through home-cooked meals and vernacular spaces such as marketplaces and breakfast teahouses.

We started off with a visit to a nearby marketplace, where we were each given around 500kyats to buy vegetables of our choice. Prior to the purchasing, May had given us a walking tour and shared on the local ethnobotany and suggested ways of cooking, so we felt more empowered during our purchases with the locals. Since most participants were strangers, this activity also served as a mini ice-breaker as we needed to ensure there were no overlaps in our veggies. Before heading back, we also stopped by a breakfast teahouse for some samosas, tea and coffee.

May also generously included Lahpet (tea salad) into the day's menu and bought ingredients for it, after hearing our interest in it.

Back in her house, participants helped with the slicing of veggies, the marinating of the meats and also the cooking. The process was well-orchestrated and participants took turns to volunteer for each dish. Despite being non-English speakers, my parents also had a good time.

We made an astounding spread of 18 dishes for 8 participants. May and her family did a really good job at keeping each of the portion reasonable such that there would not be much food waste. During lunch, we asked May to share with us the developments around New Bagan, and Pennywort's contributions to an ongoing reading library for its community.

I was initially worried that the Burmese cooking style would be awfully similar to Singapore-Chinese braised or stir-fried dishes, as we share similar vegetables and meats back home. But my concerns were quickly quelled-- while there are some overlaps, the emphasis on cooking and use of ingredients are vastly unique.

While Bagan is largely known for its archaeological magnificence, I would recommend travelers to take a break from the tourist routine of Old Bagan, and make a short drive over to Pennywort in New Bagan for a local culinary immersion.
Written December 13, 2018
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Thank you so much.
Written December 14, 2018
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