Curry Laksa & Satay Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur

Learn to make curry laksa and satay from scratch using heaps of tropical spices that you get to see (possible even harvest) from my organic edible garden!

Our homemade curry laksa is served with a side of shrimp sambal belacan


  • Cook in a small group of maximum 6 people
  • Take home your own recipe book
  • Cook and dine in a real Malaysian home
  • Learn traditional cooking & the local way of life
  • Explore a tropical edible garden


In this menu, you will learn to make:

  1. Curry Laksa
  2. Shrimp Sambal Chili
  3. Chicken Satay
  4. Peanut Sauce
  5. Calamansi Lime Juice


Start your morning at a Malaysian home just 20 minutes away from the heart of KL. I will welcome you with a cup of flower tea from the garden and traditional Malaysian breakfast. Before we cook, we will explore my organic edible garden with over 50 herbs, spices, and flowers used in everyday Malaysian cooking.We will see, touch, smell, and taste a variety of local plants like blue flower, curry leaves, and turmeric.

In the kitchen where my family cooks, we will learn how to make curry laksa from scratch. I will introduce you to essential tropical spices for our cooking such as lemongrass and galangal. With my expert guidance, we will make shrimp sambal belacan. We will pound fresh spices into paste using a stone pestle and mortar belonging to my grandmother.

Then we will continue making chicken satay. We will marinade the meat with local spices and thread them into bamboo skewers.We will continue to make the accompanying peanut sauce sweetened with gula melaka, or palm sugar. I will show you how to choose good quality palm sugar for the best result. Lastly we will make a refreshing drink with calamansi limes.

Finally, it's time to enjoy a delicious meal we made together and chit-chat about Malaysian food, culture, and lifestyle. You will leave with a full stomach, knowledge of Malaysia's food and plants, cooking skills, and a recipe booklet so that you can cook Malaysian food for your family and friends back home!

Get a  ecipe book and use antique pestle & mortar
Kuih broadly means cakes and snacks eaten between meals which may include satay
Make a glass of refreshing drink to pair with spicy curry


Curry Laksa is listed in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist book lists as the second best food experience in the world. The soup is made from spices and coconut milk; while the ingredients include  noodles, fried tofu, cockles, long beans, and chicken. It’s a complicated dish that’s why it’s so delicious!

When you order a bowl of curry noodles, the cook will ask whether you want egg noodles (mee) or rice noodles (mihun), and whether you want cockles or not. Cockles is a kind of marine mollusc; Malaysians like to eat them half-cooked and sometimes bloody. It’s an acquired taste; so this is something we won’t use in our class.

We will make the curry paste from scratch using tropical herbs such as lemongrass, galangal, and candlenut. Though this is a curry noodle and should be spicy enough, Malaysians still eat it with a side of chilli: Shrimp Sambal Chili. We have a many types of chilli sauce in Malaysia, this particular one is made with dried shrimps.

Satay is a Malaysian meat skewers made with heaps of local spices like lemongrass and galangal. We will then thread into bamboo skewers and pan-grill them until it's slightly charred. In Malaysia, we always dip our satay in in sweet Peanut Sauce. The sweetness of the sauce comes from gula melaka, a local name for our palm sugar.

These dishes goes well with Asam Limau Boi, a refreshing drink made from calamansi limes and salted plums.

TIME (4 hours)

  • 9:00 am – Meet at my home. Have breakfast and flower tea from our organic garden
  • 9:20 am – Garden tour
  • 9.45 am – Cooking Class
  • 12:15 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm –  Session ends

Note: Market tour (at an additional price) starts at 8 am 


  • Your booking will be confirmed via email within 48 hours
  • Payment of RM 500 (~USD 110) is then made via Paypal or Bank Transfer
  • Additional charge for market tour RM 150 (~USD 33)

*Additional charge or 6% for transactions via Paypal


TAXI (recommended): For convenience, take a GRAB taxi (like UBER) directly to the cooking class. It's about 20 minutes ride from the city. Taxi Fee: ~USD 6

TRAIN: My home is just 20 minutes train ride away from the city centre. Take a train to Taman Connaught MRT Station and exit at Gate C. Ticket fee: ~USD 1

PICK-UP: We also offer pick-up from and back to your hotel at an additional price of USD 50/ RM 200.

New Malaysian Kitchen
No.2, Jalan 11, Taman Lensen,
Cheras, 56000,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good to know

What's included?

  • Tea from the garden
  • Light breakfast
  • Garden tour
  • Recipe booklet
  • Cooking materials
  • Lunch

How to make payment?

  • Book a date using the below form
  • Your booking will be confirmed via email within 48 hours
  • Make full payment via Paypal* or Bank Transfer
  • We will make 100% refund if 3 days notice is given

*Additional 6% for payment made via Paypal


I’m Sara Khong, a professional cook and author of four cookbooks: Malaysian Meals In 30 Minutes, One Pot Wonders, 3 Ingredient Recipes, and Slow Cooker Recipes.

I'm passionate about making authentic Malaysian cuisine and growing herbs and spices in my edible garden. I look forward to share with you Malaysia's most popular dishes made in my family's kitchen!


TIME: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

DURATION: 4 hours

CAPACITY: 2 - 6 people

PRICE: RM 500 (~USD 110)

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