Chef Samuel’s Vegetarian Hawker Food Cooking Class

Penang Humble Hawkers Vegetarian


There’s no doubt that Penang is the food capital of Malaysia. Unravel the winning blend that brought Penang cuisine into the limelight; the hawker stalls that can be found in any corner of this beautiful, colonial, sun-kissed island. In Chef Samuel’s best-seller humble hawkers cooking class, you’ll learn how to cook some of the most popular hawker dishes from Penang: the sour-spicy goodness that is Asam Laksa, rated by CNN as the 7th best food in the world; Claypot Mushroom Rice, a wholesomely fragrant staple dish with generous amounts of Asian umami ingredients, and a crafty show-stopper side dish, known as Tempeh Goreng.

Starting with a complimentary pick up service from your hotel or residence, we’ll visit Ayer Itam Wet Market in the morning to learn some local Malaysian fresh produce in one of the hidden, oldest & busiest living wet market in Penang. Enjoy a cuppa hot local Penang coffee and sample an authentic hawker breakfast in a nearby authentic coffee shop before we packed for some culinary adventure. Topped with a refreshing nutmeg juice at your side with a breathtaking 360 bird eye view of Penang from our cooking studio, the culinary vegetarian hawker food cooking class journey is yours to enjoy.

Our Guest Reviews

  • Lcambr

    My husband and I did a private course with Chef Samuel – I'd already done one with friends and enjoyed it so much I wanted to go back! We chose to cook the curry mee, roti canai with dal, nyonya fish stew and curry chicken. The wet market visit is great and very informative – we asked about how to identify the freshest produce and Chef Samuel was happy to talk us through this. We learnt lots – from basic knife skills to how to make and fry a curry paste properly. Lots of professional cooking tips, tips on how to substitute ingredients when back home in the UK and you get the recipes to make notes on and take home. The Roti Canai flipping was fun, although it's going to take a lot of practice to master! Chef Samuel is very friendly and he even demonstrated how to make an extra dish for the kids, which they loved. I'd highly recommend booking this private course and will definitely be making the dishes when we get home!

  • Andrew M

    This will rank as a real highlight of my trip to Malaysia. Samuel is a young, passionate chef, determined to help those he meets experience the best of the country's cooking. He taught me to cook five dishes, and I've come away with recipes, ideas and confidence. He teaches in his 28th floor apartment, which is an experience in itself as you gaze over the city, and he introduces you to a vibrant, hectic Chinese-style market early in the morning – an experience most travellers/tourists would probably never get…or if they did, they'd feel like voyeurs rather than participants. When it's all over, he delivers you safely back to your hotel, tired and happy. I can't think of a better way of getting inside the culture, and the price is so reasonable. It's an intense session, but very cool – and you get to eat the food you've cooked. I really recommend.

  • tgallard2017

    My wife and I are an older couple and we completed a cooking class with Chef Samuel two days ago which we enjoyed very much. The cuisine for Chef Samuel changes daily and for our class, we cooked southern Chinese food which was complex, spicy and delicious. While not a private class, we were the only two people on the day and Chef Samuel was attentative to our needs and with his very good English, could answer any of our many questions. His email communications with us before and after our class was fantastic and it included a number of recommendations for locations for different foods in Penang. We learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We would both highly recommend a class with Chef Samuel as an enjoyable and informative experiece that was also good value for the price.

  • CarlottaC407

    Outstanding private cooking class experience, informative, interactive and fully enjoyable. Chef Samuel has a deep knowledge of Malaysian food culture and a great enthusiasm to share with its guests. Perfectly organized and punctual, you can chose which dish you want to learn from his many delicious recipes.

What we’ll Learn

Vegetarian Asam Laksa
Signature Rice Noodle in Sour-Spicy Broth with assorted vegetables

Tempeh Goreng
Malay’s deep fried batter with fermented soybeans

Claypot Mushroom Rice
Chinese’s Marinated Mushroom Cutlets and Salted Egg with Rice in Claypot

An unrivalled 3-dish combo of some of the best hawker food in Penang, all in one roof! This action-packed hawker menu is hand-picked from Chef Samuel’s best-kept secret recipes. The menu allows for the best representation of the different cooking methods that established the hawker culture around the straits settlement regions such as Singapore, Malacca and Penang. Experience an unforgettable 5-hour culinary journey where you’ll learn hands-on, not just rolling and cutting, but how to cook everything from scratch! This is a Malaysian culinary adventure you won’t forget in your lifetime.

This menu is also available in option of:-

What you’ll Expect

  • Market Tour

    Gather and learn unique local ingredients
    Sightseeing the bustling locals’ lifestyle

    AT AYER ITAM for morning session
    Penang busiest wet market

    AT BATU LANCANG for afternoon session

  • A Quick Brekkie

    Enjoy local hot/iced coffee
    Sample authentic Penang breakfast

    AT KOPITIAM nearby
    Traditional Penang Hawker Coffee Shop

  • Enjoy the View


    Take a minute to indulge breathtaking
    George Town cityscapes and seaview

  • Have a Sip

    Taste a local fruit – NUTMEG Juice
    Sample other Nutmeg finger snacks

  • Lesson Time

    Explore significance of each dish as a theme

    Learn the FUNDAMENTALS
    Discover soul of each Ingredients

    Grasp ESSENTIALS of culinary arts
    Learn to balance each Elements
    Recreate exceptional finest Malaysian dishes

  • Time to Cook

    You cook while I guide you through

    Each Dish STEP BY STEP
    Until you’ve hit mastery level

  • Leave a Memory

    We’ll take pictures together with the food in my Indian cooking class

  • Makan Together

    Enjoy what you prepared over meaningful conversations

What I’ll Provide

Individual Work Station

Hawker Breakfast
& memorable photos from my Penang Vegetarian Hawker Food Cooking Class

Where I’ll Pick Up


Pick up at 7:30am / 2:00pm sharp

Area: George Town

Outside Georgetown

On demand (+RM20)
Pick up around 7:15am / 1:45pm sharp

Area: Batu Ferringhi / Teluk Bahang only

Do remarks your hotel name during checkout.

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