Learn the Malay art of cooking healing food with Nazlina in Malaysia.
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • 20 hours over 4 days

Malay Art of Cooking Healing Food with Nazlina

Discover vibrant flavors, traditional techniques, and healing ingredients as you learn the colorful world of Malay cooking. Visit local markets with Nazlina to buy your ingredients, then experiment in the kitchen to learn the healing properties and traditional preparations of each ingredient.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $650
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $340
Understand the nutritional and healing benefits of foods and spices in traditional Malay cooking.Learn about the slow food movement and experiment with fresh local ingredients.Cook in a spacious kitchen with master chef Nazlina.

Meet the Artist

Nazlina is a cook, focusing on traditional Malay cuisine. A firm believer in the slow food cooking movement, she uses traditional techniques as practiced by her ancestors. She takes the time to draw flavors from fresh, simple ingredients and combine them for their healing benefits.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Guide to Malay ingredients by seeing them grow in their natural habitat. 
  • Local market tour.
  • Combining different spices and ingredients for their nutrition, healing benefits. 
  • Preparing and cooking healthy Malaysian recipes.
  • Local transportation. 

Explore Penang

From the National Park in Teluk Bahang to the street vendors on Kimberley Street with offerings as diverse as the people preparing them, Penang is an explosion of sound, color, and smell. Roam the clustered streets of George Town for murals by international street artists, or head to Bukit Mertajam's old town for a much less touristy experience. Our favorite way to see Penang, though? Rent a scooter and go for a drive around the island.
Nazlina's Availability 4 days

Guest Reviews

  • Ashlesha M., India

    It was a great experience, lots of learning. What I liked most was the fact that VAWAA served as a perfect anchor in a new unknown town. Nazlina is a great subject matter expert and went out of her way to help and share her knowledge and experiences with me. I am glad I chose Nazlina for my fist VAWAA.

  • Nancy L., United States

    I have taken cooking classes all over the world, as much to learn about the culture as the food. Nazlina's classes exceeded my expectations on every level. To enhance the experience she called on chef friends to teach dishes from different regions of Malaysia. In addition she asked others to provide experiences for us including a street food walking tour, and a drive into the countryside to see d Read more

  • Lina F., United States

    Nazlina is in charge of an incredibly well-run cooking school - I was impressed by its cleanliness and order. I loved that she knew exactly how to teach the dishes, how everything was prepped and ready, and how clearly she was able to communicate the nuances of the dishes. Loved this experience and loved doing it in Penang!

  • Sarika P., India

    Memorable four days with chef Nazliina in Penang. A beautiful, immersive and personalised experience where I got to cook traditional Malaysian cuisine with fresh, wholesome ingredients under Nazlina's guidance, both at her lovely studio and her home. Got a peek into her herb garden; ingredients at their source!

  • Ethan H., Australia

    I've always wanted to travel and learn at the same time and it gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. The one-on-one teaching (for the majority of the time) allowed me to tailor the class to creating dishes that I was keen to cook, and gave me insights into a craft I would have no idea how I'd access at otherwise. Nazlina's vast knowledge and expertise meant that I had almost no question left u Read more

  • Michelle B., Australia

    I was great to learn from Naz, but equally as great to just mirror her for a few days to learn about what her life is like, successes and challenges she had, and also to be able to pick her brain about food for a few consecutive days. Allowing me to have input into the recipes that we cooked was great. I am interested in learning interesting ways to make some more common recipes Vegetarian, so it Read more

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