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Cooking Traditional Food Class in Penang with Nazlina

Location: Nazlina Spice Station at no. 2, Campbell Street, 10100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

This is Nazlina Spice Station

It is at the corner of Campbell and Carnarvon street in front of Campbell Street market. Please refer to Google Map below for directions.

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First, I would like to thank you for the interest in my cooking class. I have been running traditional cooking classes for 7 years since June 2009.

Over all these years, I met so many wonderful people who came from all over the world to learn with me.

However, I still operate on a lean budget. We are now located at an expensive heritage shop and I have saved and scrimped so that all my equipment are top of the range. My staff are paid per hour. I cannot afford to accept bookings from people who change their minds at the last minute. Hence, a strict payment policy has to be in place so that I will not have to bear any unnecessary losses.

Some people complained the price we charge is too high.


Wait a minute. What is the value of a lifetime education?

You probably spend more on your cellphone charges in a month than in a session with me.

I would like to assure you that the price more than justifies itself. As a cook who had been on the BBC with a Michelin Star chef, teaching him how to make nasi lemak, and with a MasterChef anchor man, teaching him how to make pineapple curry and making coconut oil from scratch, as well as being invited as a guest of honour when The Gilpins opens their new restaurant at the Lake District in the UK in September 2016, and being a Slow Food Terra Madre chef for five years running, it has to count for something.

There are many more accolades including being featured in 36 hours in Penang by The New York Times.

I have to tell you all these, because I feel frustrated with people who have not done their research and came with a different expectation and then sabotaged my good ranking on Trip Advisor and the like.

OK, enough.

Still reading? Good.

Classes are available daily except on Sundays. Meet in front of Campbell Street market at the corner of Campbell Street and Carnarvon Street at 7.30 a.m. If you stay within 10-20 minutes walk to the area of the meeting point, please refer to the map in order to get there on foot. Transfer request to the venue is chargeable. Use UBER for a cheaper rate.

Class approximately lasts for 5 hours. We are going to make a minimum of four items in each session. Sometimes we make five items. Some items are simpler to make, some take longer than others. Nazlina will decide what is appropriate, given the time and resources that we have.


The price in Lonely Planet guidebook stated it is RM160, but then, at this price, we only made 3 items.


Telephone number to SMS/WhatsApp your query or reservation including name and your email address to: (+6012-4538167). Those who fail to adhere to this rule will not be entertained.

Please DO NOT call. More questions can be forwarded through the contact form below. Thank you.

By reservation only. Please indicate in the contact form which session you prefer. The menu for June to August 2016 are listed below. For future months, they will be announced as the date is nearer.



A.M. Class

7.30 am-12.30pm (Includes Breakfast And Market tour)


P.M. Class

2.30pm-5.30pm (no market tour); may join the morning class tour and breakfast in the morning.

Other recipes you may request:

(If not in the list, you can always ask)

June 2016

Spiced Rice

Chicken Rendang

Stuffed Old Cucumber With Coconut Milk

Okra With Sambal

Kuih Cucur Badak (Sweet Potato Croquette With Coconut Filling)

Roti Canai

Vegetables Dalcha

Coconut sambar

Ginger Masala Tea

Buah Melaka

Nasi Lemak with Sambal/Ikan Bilis

Nasi Ulam

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Kerabu

July 2016

Beef Rendang

Tomato rice

Cabbage And Carrot Salad

Roti Jala


Paad Thai

Thai Green Curry

Tom Yam Kha

Peanut Sauce

Chicken/Fish Curry

Fish Head Curry

Yellow Sauce Curry

Curry Kapitan

August 2016

Nasi Lemak

Sambal ikan bilis

Prawn and long beans sambal

Cucumber and pineapple salad

Kuih lapis (steamed layer cake)

Vegetarian Biryani

Carrot and cucumber raita

Vegetarian Korma


Rose sarbat (drink)

Mee Goreng Mamak

Char Koay Teow

Chicken Curry Laksa

Mee Siam [Vermicelli

RM 225.00 NETT per adult. RM110.00 nett per child between 5- 12 years old.

RM 180.00 NETT per adult for the afternoon class without the market tour. RM 90.00 per child for PM class.

Payable via Paypal to nazlina.hussin @gmail.com or via Maybank2u.com.my online payment or a cash deposit machine. Details about each payment method will be emailed accordingly.

Advanced full payment is required for all reservations ESPECIALLY for the afternoon class. Ingredients are bought fresh in the morning. There will be no refund for no-shows. Please ensure the transaction cost is covered (about 5% for Paypal).

*24th, 25th and 26th June 2016, we have a special Thai guest chef : Mukda Siriwan. For more information, please

fill up the contact form, and typing THAI SPECIALS in the query box.

*15th, 17th and 18th July 2016, we have three sessions of natural tempe making class by a certified Slow Food instructor: who will come all the way from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Certificates of attendance will be given. For more information, please fill up the contact form, and typing SPECIAL TEMPE CLASS in the query box.

Thank you.



Even though the menus are advertised here, they are not set in stone. They are flexible. you can request in advance or when we meet up for breakfast. We will let you know if it is possible to cook the menu of your choice and we can always compromise with the rest of the group joining a particular session.

There are no market tours for all PM classes but participants are welcome to join the morning class' group for the market tour and breakfast at 7.30 am and come later to cook at 2.00pm.

Please indicate food allergy or dietary requirement when filling up the form below.

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