Hainanese Chicken Rice Cooking Class in Kuala Lumpur KL

Join me for a home-style cooking class and dining experience at my family home! Together will make aromatic 'oiled' rice and the many condiments like chili sauce and garlic dip.

Most importantly, you will learn techniques to make the chicken skin juicy (we will dip the whole chicken into a bucket of ice water!)

Malaysian Hainanese Chicken Rice


  • Cook in a small group of maximum 5 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


  1. Aromatic Rice
  2. Succulent Poached Chicken
  3. Condiments: Chili Sauce, Ginger Sauce, Flavoured Soy Sauce
  4. Beansprout Salad
  5. Chicken Soup
  6. 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 glass 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 the many components of Hainanese Chicken Rice from scratch. I will introduce you to essential produce for our cooking such as lemongrass and cili padi (bird's eye chili)

With my expert guidance, we will  poach the whole free-range chicken to make chicken stock and dip it in a bucket of ice. Then, we will pound fresh spices into paste using a stone pestle and mortar belonging to my grandmother.

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!

hainanese chicken rice cooking class
Cook in a real Malaysian home kitchen & bring home a recipe booklet
Cook in a real Malaysian home kitchen & bring home a recipe booklet
Learn secret techniques to make juicy chicken
Learn secret techniques to make juicy chicken
Make aromatic chicken rice with herbs like pandan
Make aromatic chicken rice with herbs like pandan
See how a whole chicken is chopped
See how a whole chicken is chopped
Enjoy your homemade Hainanese chicken rice with a local family
Enjoy your homemade Hainanese chicken rice with a local family


Hainanese Chicken Rice is created by Chinese from the Hainan province who migrated to Malaya in the mid 19th century. Back then, Hainanese people were often hired as cooks in British military camps and homes of the wealthy.

The most loved Hainanese food is their Chicken Rice. This dish is a popular lunch menu for working Malaysians who want a filling and delicious meal.

What makes ‘Hainanese’ chicken rice different from ordinary chicken is its juicy skin. The chicken is poached in chicken soup and then bathed in ice water to create a succulent skin. Yes, we will dip a whole chicken into the pot and then transfer into an ice bucket!

This meal is only complete with aromatic rice ’yau fan’ cooked with pandan leaves and other secret ingredients; chili sauce; ginger condiment; chicken soup; and seasoned soya sauce.

Though this meal takes a lot of work, but it is worth it!


  • 9:00 am: Meet at our home. Enjoy traditional breakfast & a glass of flower tea from our organic garden
  • 9:15 am: Garden tour
  • 9:45 am: Cooking Class
  • 12:30 pm: Eat!
  • 1:00 pm: End of session

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


  • Additional charge for market tour with breakfast (USD 33/RM 150)


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 (RM 3.10)

For convenience, take a GRAB taxi (like UBER) directly to the school (recommended). It's about 20 minutes ride from the city. Taxi Fee: ~ USD 6 (RM 25)


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 charge or 8% for transactions via Paypal and 2% via Wise


TIME: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

DURATION: 4 hours

CAPACITY: 1 - 6 people

PRICE: RM 500 (~USD 110)

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