Learn to cook in Georgetown, Malaysia’s capital of food lovers
Where do you usually eat when you travel? Do you go on an exotic holiday and end up eating a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? You know what, I am often guilty of doing just that—finding myself having lunch at a fast food joint when I really should be indulging myself in local cuisine. This is going to change, however.
Henceforth, I shall aim to sample new foods and make it an important part of traveling. I shall try to experience what a place has to offer—from hole-in-the-wall cafes to sketchy street stands to fancy restaurants.
One of the places that I am looking forward to visit soon (we already have a hotel room booked, yay! But no travel dates yet *sigh*) is Georgetown in Malaysia. Georgetown is the capital of the island and state of Penang, on the west coast of Malaysia that is becoming one of the hottest culinary destinations in the world.
Named in a 2009 New York Times article as one of the world’s best locations for foodies, Georgetown features an eclectic mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian influences that come together to form some of the region’s best food.
While searching for popular places to eat in Georgetown, I learned that not only can one enjoy local food, one can actually learn how to cook local cuisine from the experts in Georgetown! By the end of a culinary class at the Tropical Spice Garden, I’d be able to make and eat these myself:
Banana pancakes, fish curry, and chicken cutlets. Image taken by Jim Cheney.
I also learned that you get to tour their spice garden, and this is where the ingredients used for cooking are gathered from. Isn’t that awesome? This is really getting me excited (and hungry). I am already imagining myself and Masood in aprons cooking side by side, learning not just cooking but about the culture and history of Malaysia as well.
If you would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website.