Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School

A first of it’s kind in Penang, the school is custom-made with individual purpose-built workstations that allows for a memorable hands-on cooking experience.

Tucked away in a secluded corner of the gardens, the cooking school is surrounded by jungle trees and wildlife, a small herb garden and a glimpse of the Andaman Sea.

Under the guidance of experienced and professional chefs – each specialising in Nyonya, Malay and Indian cuisines – you can learn to cook local favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Assam Laksa, Chicken Tandoori and even concoct refreshing spice inspired beverages.

As classes are limited to 10 persons, chefs are able to provide a personalised approach. Though the menus follow authentic and traditional methods they are taught in such a way that you are able to recreate the delicious dishes at home.

Morning classes begin at 9am with a complimentary guided tour of the Spice Terraces . This is followed by a pitstop where you can relax over a steaming cup of herbal tea sweetened with stevia leaves.

Once the tour is over, you will be taken to the cooking school where you will learn to prepare an array of delectable dishes from scratch. As the heat goes up and the AC comes on, you will be engulfed in a cloud of fragrant aromas that will have your stomach grumbling in anticipation.

Lunch is served at The Pavilion when you can indulge in the foods of your labour.

To round off your day, a visit to the Gift Shop is advisable as they have quite an impressive selection of herbs and spices. Individually sourced and imported from the best point of origin – cinnamon sticks and black cardamoms from Sri Lanka, vanilla pods from Bali and cloves and nutmeg from Penang – the spices are neatly packed and sealed for your convenience, so you can buy some back even if you plan on taking them overseas.

Kitchen & Cooking Class Facilities

The Kitchen is set in a specially designed building shaded by jungle trees and a lush garden

Able to accommodate up to 10 persons per class

Fitted with 10 cooking stovetops [20 hobs], 1ovens, 2 large refrigerators, 1 outdoor grinding stone station, 1 outdoor grilling station

Coffee & tea facilities

Dining Facilities

The Pavilion is a large, outdoor gazebo just a stones throw away from Cooking School fitted with picnic benches and tables. It is airy, spacious and overlooks the sea threw the forest trees

Class Itinerary

All resident chef morning classes [Malaysian cuisine] will include a guided tour of the spice terraces, a welcome coffee/ tea, hands-on cooking class and lunch with a specially brewed drink of the day

Private Classes

We are happy to customize menus for you with the Chef of your choice. We’ll need to know what you want to learn and with whom and we will make the necessary arrangements for you. Enquire today at

(a) Private Groups
This class is for a min. of 6 persons who would like to share the class together, privately without others. Classes shall be charged according to the posted rates.

(b) Single & Private
These private classes are usually for more serious foodies or professional chefs who would like to learn very specific dishes. These are custom made courses that are tailored to your needs.

Cooking with Children

Children 8 – 14 years of age is allowed to share cooking station with the parents during the class with additional charge. Children 15 years of age and above are considered an Adult and will be charge under Adult rate and be given an individual cooking station. Children below 8 years of age are not allow to participate in the cooking due to safety reasons.




Bookings MUST be made 24hrs in advance of class. Late bookings shall not be entertained.

For e.g. if class is 9am, 24th Feb, confirmed bookings should be made before 9.00am 23rd Feb

A minimal charge will incur for guest (adult/child) that do not wish to cook but will join their families or friends for lunch after the class.

*Deposit of 30% is required to be made only for 2 person and above to confirm the booking. All deposit made are non-refundable. Single person booking will be advised on the deposit status once the class has reached more than 2 students.

Book online or call Azimah at 04-8811797