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Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School

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Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School

179 Reviews
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Lot 595 Mukim 2 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11050 Malaysia
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
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Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

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Learn about a life of grandeur in 19th-century Penang on a tour of Cheong Fatt Tze, aka the Blue Mansion. Book admission to the famed George Town landmark and gain insight into its eclectic architecture and heritage, based on the lavish lifestyle of its former resident.
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Sara wrote a review Feb 2020
Leicestershire, United Kingdom51 contributions4 helpful votes
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My partner and I have done cookery classes in Istanbul and Barcelona so wanted to do one in Penang while here visiting his dad. After research, he picked Tropical Spice Garden and we weren’t disappointed. Beatrice, our eco friendly guide, was very friendly and knowledgeable about all the variety of plants and spices in the abundant garden. We spent about an hour with her and then were shown to the cookery school that is in the grounds. Jamie (without the Oliver) is very friendly. She’s got a masters in politics from Reading University so understands British sense of humour! We each had a cooking station so were able to all make our own lunch - unlike other places where you make part of a bigger meal. She was always on hand with tips and encouragement and very knowledgeable too. We all sat down at the end and ate the meals we had prepared. She changes the menu every week so you get a variety of dishes. I would highly recommend it if you want to find out more about Malaysian food - which is very much part of life here.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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vapole wrote a review Feb 2020
Penang Island, Malaysia9 contributions10 helpful votes
One of the best cooking classes ever. I've taken a lot of cooking classes in many countries in my life, and I must say that this one was really well organised. Each participant has their own cooking station so that you don't miss out on any of the fun. I learnt how to make nasi lemak with rendang curry - a dish I'd been wanting to learn for a long time - from scratch. The original recipe called for chicken, fish and eggs, but the chef was able to veganize it for me, using tofu and tempeh instead. For dessert I learnt to make onde onde, glutinous rice balls rolled in shredded coconut. The food was absolutely delicious. Thanks to Chef Rohana for her enthusiasm and for making the class fun. Thanks also and to the kitchen staff who helped between stages and kept us hydrated. A truly enjoyable experience, highly recommended!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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carol p wrote a review Feb 2020
Penang Island, Malaysia146 contributions51 helpful votes
We had heard good reports of the Malaysian cooking class at the tropical spice gardens, combined with a tour of the gardens. The tour of the gardens was certainly worthwhile - very informative and our guides English was very clear. The cookery class was quite formal in the way we each had our own cooking station and the ingredients had been measured out for us beforehand. The young lady (she said everyone knows her as Jamie) was amusing and informative. She demonstrated then walked around giving help. A fairly pricey trip but we thought it was worth it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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David C wrote a review Dec 2019
30 contributions5 helpful votes
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Firstly the lady was incredibly nice and very kind. It was disappointing however that there was no real link between the spices in the garden and those used in the cooking. We both came away feeling disappointed and underwhelmed by the experience. We have had lessons before in Asia and usually could not wait to try the recipes at home. I don’t think we will be using the recipes again in a hurry. It was also one of the most expensive we have done in Asia. Such a shame as the ladies working there were so so nice.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Luke C wrote a review Oct 2019
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada6 contributions5 helpful votes
My Fiancé and I had an awesome time at the gardens! We were toured around by Danny who was both informative and hilarious. The cooking class was a lot of fun and easy to do for people of all culinary abilities. Eating the food you made yourself at the end was the highlight for us. We lucked out and had a great great crew with a few ladies from Australia and a Japanese couple. Having a meal with them and chatting with people from around the world was an extra bonus. Highly recommend for anyone.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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