Why just eat chilli crab and chicken rice when you could be learning how to make them? For the souvenir that keeps on giving, enrol in one of these cooking classes to learn the art of making Singapore’s mouth-watering cuisine.
Cookery Magic is Singapore’s most highly recommended cooking school and offers separate classes for Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Peranakan cuisine (plus Indonesian and Thai, if you prefer). Most of the hands-on classes run about three hours during which you’ll master three dishes. For example, sign up for “Singapore Hawker Classics” and you’ll learn to make prawn noodles, fruit rojak, and chendol.
If you’re in Singapore at the right time, join the monthly “Signature Cooking Class” which is held in a traditional Malay house on Pulau Ubin Island. This course costs S$120 including an introduction to jungle herbs, four recipes, and all transportation. Courses are led by chef Ruqxana and if you have any doubts about her culinary talent you can watch her work her cookery magic on YouTube. Vegetarian and children’s cooking classes are also available.
At the Coriander Leaf Cooking Studio at Clarke Quay you can learn to make all kinds of cuisine including Singaporean hawker favourites. The price is S$135 per person but you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck and the 3 ½ hour course covers eight recipes. The “Streets of Singapore” class has an all-star menu including chicken rice, satay with peanut sauce, and chilli crab. Some classes are more of a demonstration than hands-on cooking, so do confirm the full details before you pay.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can join a cooking class at one of Singapore’s community centres. A complete schedule can be found on the People’s Association website and you can search for the perfect cooking class by location or keywords. For example, my search for ‘Peranakan cuisine’ results in a 2 ½ hour Nonya Cooking Workshop at the Buona Vista Community Centre for S$40. You can register online and do not have to be a Singapore citizen or resident to participate.
Cookery Magic: 117 Fidelio Street, (65) 6348 9667
The Coriander Leaf: 3A Merchant Court, #02-12 River Valley Road, (65) 6732 3374
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 21st October, 2014.