Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang, Malaysia

cooking class, penang, lone pine hotel
Class with a View

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Penang


For a nature lover, the lush green lawn and mysterious casuarina trees is an idyllic backdrop for the cooking class at Lone Pine Hotel. Tables are set up on a shaded verandah and guests enjoy the morning breeze and verdant view as they prepare to learn some of Chef Lim’s culinary secrets.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Chef Guidance
Chef Lim, Executive Chef of Lone Pine Hotel, has set aside Wednesday mornings to share some of his knowledge of local cooking methods and ingredients with interested guests. With near 30 years in professional kitchens, a Malaysian national and, a sincere passion for food, there might be no better instructor. For RM80++ participants receive a small group cooking class followed by a sit down lunch to enjoy the fruits of their labour and a glass of red or white wine.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Wine with Lunch
When I say labour though, I don’t really mean too much work – you are on holiday after all!

This is my dream way of cooking. Everything is washed, peeled, chopped and laid out in individual bowls already measured and ready to go. Chef explains a little about each dish with smiles and humour and then slowly demonstrates how it’s done. Tips for chopping, cleaning and short cuts are all thrown in for free.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
All Prepared
Students then take their turn, patiently guided by the chef. Refreshments are delivered (because of all of the hard work J ) and, when the cooking is done, someone magically cleans up. Love it.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Refreshments
Did I mention that in the process a photographer grabs a snap of you in action? At the end of the class you’re presented with a photo certificate (proof that you actually got your hands dirty – a little anyway), a souvenir apron and recipes. You sit down to appreciate the wonderful dishes you just prepared with the sounds of the waves caressing the shore as ambient music and, attentive staff attending to drinks and anything else you might desire.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Photographer Capturing the Moment
Our class saw us making two local dishes, Kerabu Squid and Chicken Curry Kapitan. The seafood salad is a light dish made as spicy or not as you like. Fresh pieces of boiled squid are chopped and mixed with slices of red onion, coriander, chili and ginger flower. A dressing of sambal belacan, lime juice, coconut milk, sugar and salt is mixed to personal taste preference and folded through the salad. You can see hubby’s, chef’s and my attempts at this dish below.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Our Three Squid Salads
The curry chicken dish was particularly interesting to make as we got to mix the curry paste from scratch. Lots of cooking oil is used to cook turmeric, galangal, shallots, lemon grass, chili and candlenuts in a saucepan for the base. After quite some time simmering, water, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, pandan leaf and coconut milk are added to taste. Finally the chicken pieces are included and cooked until just tender.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
Chicken Curry Kapitan
It’s fascinating to see how differently each of our dishes turned out. Even though we had the same premeasured ingredients and instructions, each of our plates possessed their own unique flavour and appearance.

Cooking Class, Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferinnghi, Penang
One Dish, Different Turn Outs
While hubby left the class excited to take the recipes and give them a shot at home, I departed feeling ever so happy that I got to cook without washing, chopping or cleaning. After seeing the work that goes into a seemingly simple curry paste too, I am more than contented to continue paying the experts to satisfy my local food cravings.

Reason to cook:  Learn what goes into these mysterious local dishes from an expert for a very reasonable price. No dish washing necessary.

Cooking Class
Lone Pine Hotel
97 Batu Ferringhi
11100 Penang
Malaysia
+61 04 886 8686
lonepinehotel.com



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4 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I do agree, all the most tiresome parts of cooking are the chopping & cleaning. This sounds ideal!

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  2. I'm amazed at the 3 different turn-outs of the Curry Kapitan, haha!

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  3. Sounds fun though, Caning looks excited too LOL

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  4. That's so interesting that the same recipe and ingredients turned out so differently. I'll have to try this class out. I had not heard of it.

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