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Kuala Lumpur Home Cooking Class & Garden Tour

Learn how to cook your favourite Malaysian street food at a local neighbourhood just 20 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre. I am Sara Khong, a professional cook and author of four Malaysian cookbooks. I welcome you to my 40+ years old family home to make Malaysian cuisine together.

Start your morning with a typical Malaysian breakfast and a glass of flower tea from my garden. Then, explore my organic edible garden with over 50 herbs, spices, and flowers used in everyday cooking. See, touch, smell, and taste a variety of local plants like pandan and turmeric. We will most probably harvest herbs for our cooking!

You will make, hands-on, five traditional food of your choice in a real Malaysian kitchen. Cook in a small group of 3 - 6 and get full attention throughout the intimate cooking session. Bring home a Recipe Booklet with authentic recipes and clear instructions. My promise is that you will be able to recreate traditional Malaysian meal for your family and friends.

Lastly, enjoy a delicious meal together and chit-chat with my family about Malaysian food, culture, and lifestyle.

Make curry paste from 10 spices & get a recipe booklet
edible garden


  • Small group Learn to cook with a group of 3 to 6 people.
  • Flexible menu, four dishes Choose from different menus of Malaysia's most popular dishes below.
  • Authentic Malaysian recipes We wrap our nasi lemak in banana leaf and use lard in our Char Koay Teow, just like how the hawkers do it.
  • Personal guidance Get full attention during the tour and throughout the cooking process.
  • Ask questions and get answers from a local family about Malaysia's food and culture
  • Garden tour Pluck, smell, and even taste local herbs and spices from our organic garden.
  • Learn about local ingredients and how to choose good quality ones.
  • Welcome drink Enjoy a glass of flower tea from our garden.
  • Complimentary traditional breakfast Enjoy a light traditional breakfast before the class.
  • Traditional cooking Cook with fresh ingredients and use traditional tools such as pestle and mortar to crush herbs and spices.
  • Cook with natural & quality ingredients We get flavour from sea salt, herbs and spices. We use filtered water.
  • No MSG & not too spicy We don't use MSG or make our food too spicy.
  • Hands-on cooking (not a demo) You will take part in cooking from start to finish e.g., marinade chicken, pound spices, etc.
  • Real Malaysian home kitchen Instead of a commercial kitchen, you will cook in an authentic Malaysian kitchen used for family cooking.
  • Have lunch with a local family Enjoy your homemade lunch with a local family in a typical Malaysian home.
  • Recipe booklet Go home with clear and fool-proof recipes so you can cook delicious Malaysian food back home.
  • No cooking experience is needed We will teach you the basics and provide complete guidance.


  • English/ Cantonese/ Mandarin/ Malay We can conduct the class in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, or Malay. The instructor speaks fluent English
  • Japanese recipes We also have recipes translated into Japanese
  • Vaccinated The instructor is fully vaccinated with a third booster dose (Pfeizer).
  • Free Wi-Fi Use our free wi-fi to call a taxi or upload photos on social media.
  • Market tour and breakfast (additional) Visit the market where my family get our fresh cooking ingredients and have hearty local Malaysian breakfast together at an additional price (not available on Monday).
  • Hotel pick-up (additional) We can drive you from the hotel and back at an additional price.
  • Family-friendly We welcome children to cook together in our kitchen 
  • Vegetarian/ vegan option We can turn certain dishes into vegetarian/vegan.
  • Luggage storage You can bring your luggage along to our class.
  • Tour guide recommendation We can recommend friends who are certified tour guide 


"Our family of 6 (2 adults, and 4 children ages 12, 11, 8 and 6) thoroughly enjoyed our morning of cooking at Sara's home kitchen in KL. We were looking for a fun learning experience for our kids and a chance to understand more about Malaysian ingredients. We got all of that and more. Sara was extremely patient with each of our children and included them in all activities. My kids left with big plans to cook many of the recipes at home - which we are confident we will be able to do thanks to the cute recipe book Sara provided and all of the additional tips we received. Thank you, Sara!"

Maggie H, NORWAY 🇳🇴


"I’ve taken a range of cooking classes from professional to tourist, and this was one of the more authentic experiences I’ve had. Other cooking classes cart you around with a huge group of tourists, never giving you personal attention or the time to ask questions.

Sara keeps the classes small, teaches you step-by-step, and gives you a peek into Malaysian life when you visit her local market, tour her garden, or cook in the kitchen of her family home.

Last but not least, the food was amazing!

Eric L, TEXAS, USA 🇺🇸


"Merci à Sarah pour ce cours de cuisine qui a été très agréable. Nous parlons un anglais très moyen mais elle a été patiente, s'est bien adaptée et a été très pédagogue. Nous avons pu découvrir dans une ambiance très conviviale plusieurs plats malais dont le fameux satay . Nous y sommes allés en métro à partir du centre de Kuala Lumpur .Très pratique."

Remy (@shiningboy), FRANCE 🇫🇷


"Chef Sara 的cooking class 是在她家中進行,Sara 是一位漂亮、友善丶健談丶指示清晰的導師。在她家的花園裏種植了很多不同的香草,因此食譜內的香草都是新鮮從花園裹摘出來,她亦介紹不同的香草給你知道。有機會學習煮馬拉菜式也是一種很好的體驗,,而且也有機會到當地人的家裏,跟Sara 交談當中也認識及了解到當地人的生活情況,總括來說是一個愉快的體驗!"

Aidan Lee, HONG KONG 🇭🇰


"Der Kochkurs war ein absolutes Highlight unserer Malaysia-Reise. Sara ist super nett, ihre Tipps sind sehr hilfreich und das Essen war das Beste, das ich in Asien jemals gegessen habe. Jeder, der sich überlegt einen Kochkurs zu machen, sollte diesen wählen, es war wirklich super!"

Alina, GERMANY 🇩🇪




Our cooking class is one of the best cooking classes in Malaysia. New Malaysian Kitchen ranks high on Tripadvisor and won the 2020 Traveler's Choice Award.


FLEXIBLE MENU (5 recipes each)

You have the choice to choose the set menu that you like, or mix and match your favourite Malaysian dishes.


  • Private class with custom menu is available
  • We offer at 2-Days Intensive Cooking Class for chefs/ restaurant owners
  • We may be able to provide other Malaysian recipes that are not available in our menu e.g sweet and sour pork, pan mee, asam laksa, etc.
  • Drop us a message at our contact form to organise a private class with us


  • We provide gift vouchers of RM 400
  • We can personalise an e-voucher with a short note (see sample here)
  • There is no expiry date; the receiver can arrange to come on a day convenient for him/her
  • In the event that the receiver wants to attend a class that cost more than the voucher, he/she can top up the difference
  • Email us to buy the voucher

TIME (4 hours)

  • 9:00 am: Meet at our home for breakfast & welcome drink
  • 9:30 am: Garden tour
  • 9:50 am: Cooking Class
  • 12:30 pm: Eat & chit-chat
  • 1:00 pm: Goodbyes

Note: Market tour (at an additional price of RM 150/~USD 33 per person) starts at 8 am


My home is just 20 minutes train ride away from the city centre (Bukit Bintang MRT Station). Take a train to Taman Connaught MRT Station and exit at Gate C. We can get you from there upon request.

For convenience, take a GRAB taxi (like UBER) directly to the school (recommended). It's about 20 minutes ride from the city centre and costs about RM 20 (USD 5). Used widely by local Malaysians, it's safe and reliable.

We also offer pick-up from and back to your hotel (within KL) at an additional price of RM 100 (USD 25)


  • We are all fully vaccinated with our third dose of vaccine (Pfeizer).
  • Our home, including the kitchen, is fully ventilated.
  • Sanitiser and masks are provided.


  • Book the class of your choice by clicking the 'BOOK NOW' button below
  • We will confirm your booking via email within 48 hours
  • Make full payment via Paypal, Wise, or Bank Transfer
  • Market tour with exclusive breakfast (USD 33/ RM 150) and hotel pick-up (USD 50/ RM 200) is available
  • We will make full refund if 3 days notice is given