Nazlina Spice Station
Nazlina Spice Station
4.5
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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What better way to learn how to make Malaysian food with Nazlina, who wrote a comprehensive book on laksa in Malaysia! We start the class with a wet market tour following by a hands-on cooking class. 8.00 am to 1 pm. RM280 per person with a market tour. (via PayPal or WISE transfer through DuitNow or to my email address) This is the 14th year the class is operating. Please book at least a week ahead to confirm your spots. The classes are held on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you wish to book on other days, please enquire ahead for the possibility. Prepayment is compulsory because people who book at the very last minute also tend to cancel. It is hard for us to plan for the logistics when this happens. Your co-operation is much appreciated. Join us for fun, and educational immersion of Penang street food scene and local cultures. Bring your positive energy and enthusiasm to learn with me, and I will return them a thousandfold! See you guys soon!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Vicky C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must in Penang!
    We had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure to learn from Nazlina. We started with a tour of the fish market then had a traditional breakfast. After that we moved onto the lively Chowrasta market where we had the opportunity to try some local treats. Along the way Nazlina shared interesting stories about the history and the food of George Town which gave us a wonderful insight into the island. The cooking class itself was a delight and the food we made was utterly delicious. Nazlina is very jolly and a lovely lady. Taking her class was a day we will remember.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Pru S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat, drink and cook like a local in George Town
    Nazlina’s walking food tour and cooking class is an excellent way to experience shopping, cooking, and eating like a local in George Town, Penang. We were a group of 4 which is a perfect size for walking and eating, and experiencing all the markets. Nazlina is very knowledgeable about all the foods we ate, as well as the herbs, spices and ingredients we bought to make the most amazing rendang, sambal and nasi lemak from scratch! She provides wonderful anecdotes and stories to give an understanding of the local and historical context of George Town. Thoroughly recommend this authentic experience! Thanks for a great morning, Nazlina.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • hannarijk01
    Leiden, The Netherlands1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cooking class!!
    This day was fantastic! We learned so much about all the local spices, veggies and meats/fishes on Batu Lanchang Market. After that we went to Nazlinas beautiful garden to prepare the meals. We learned how to make everything from scratch (like curry pastes and broths), nothing store-bought. Especially the Asam Laksa that we made was amazing. Besides that, Nazlina is such a nice and funny person. 10/10 would def recommend!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Rachel C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-do experience!
    Wonderful day with Nazlina. Met at the market at 8am, had breakfast together as a group - 7 of us (great bonding). Spent two hours going around the food markets, learning lots. Went to Nazlina's house & cooked outside in covered area. Made 3 different dishes..all delicious & the process was so much fun. We ate together after (6 hours in total) Highly recommend this authentic experience & Nazlina is brilliant!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Bergmandiane
    Penang Island, Malaysia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely market visit and super food
    We started with a first taste: breakfast with bananapancakes. After that Nazlima took us to the market. We bought our own vegetables, fish and meat. We will never forget how to stamp cocos into chocolate.. for the rendang. Everything was well taken care of.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Helen_PhilC
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Morning with Nazlina
    A superb introduction to Malaysian cookery! Nazlina was an amazing host and teacher sharing her enthusiasm and skills. After a tour of the wet markets, we had plenty of hands on opportunities to develop our culinary skills and knowledge. We would highly recommend this small class with Nazlina!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Katheline_visande
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauitful Day with Nazlina
    Best cooking class in Penang! We walked through the markets, had the best dosa, fresh fruits doughnut & kopi for breakfast. We made delicious beef rendang, nasi lemuni with sambal, nasi lemak, and four angle beans salad. We learned how to cook with Ginger Flower - something I've never heard of before! Apart from sharpening my cooking skills, I learned so many different things that are uniquely from Malaysia & Penang. I was even inspired to take my cooking skills further after consulting with Nazlina and hearing her story. She is an absolutely inspiration as a woman enterperuner. Definitely a unique experience in Penang...I highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Martinreistherum
    Linz, Austria1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cooking class incl market tour
    Excellent cooking class and interesting market tour! Nazlina knows her way around very well and is happy to explain a lot. 5/5 would do again and already recommended her to other travelers going to penang.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
  • SuzInDenver
    Denver, Colorado46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing Penang experience
    Nazlina’s cooking class was just what our group of friends was looking for in a unique Penang experience. Her wet market tour was full of local information we’d never get going to markets on our own. Her outdoor kitchen space is well equipped and perfect for a group. Nazlina is a relaxed instructor and she was happy to answer any of our culinary and cultural questions. And the food we made and ate together was some of the best flavors I tasted during my whole stay in Penang.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Jul2505
    Toulouse, France2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience
    We had an amazing time with Nazlina. Morning was so wonderful starting with coffee and Malay breakfast then shopping at the market with a lot of explanations about the food, spices, herbs and finally the cooking lesson. We did three dishes, with a lot of explanations. Nazlina is so interesting and patient. We learned a lot not just about cooking but about Malaysia in general and finally the food was so delicious !! Thanks a lot for everything Nazlina ! I recommend to test it for every traveller’s who come to Penang.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
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Jen H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Excellent morning starting with roti breakfast, shopping in the market with Naz telling us all about Georgetown before we headed back to cook laksa and other delights! Couldn’t have asked for a better cookery course/food tour to get to know Penang better
Written March 24, 2024
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Chlobo88
Brighton, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Really well planned out cooking class. We started with a local breakfast followed by an informative walk around the market to collect ingredients. Nazlina kept stopping to explain things and point out different street foods too. Back at Nazlina’s house I was greeted by a large, super clean and well equipped kitchen. We covered three different recipes and really enjoyed eating them together at the end of the class. Nazlina is a super interesting, funny and and very patient teacher. Highly recommend taking her class!
Written March 15, 2024
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Anne J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a really enjoyable morning with Nazlina. Starting in the food market, sampling some lovely Penang food and then back to Nazlinas house to cook. Made some really tasty nonya dishes and got to eat them all! Thankyou Nazlina! Anne
Written February 29, 2024
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Max F
Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Naz was amazing! We learnt loads and made traditional Malay foods. Plus we had a full market tour and got lots of local insider knowledge too. Thank you Naz!
Written February 29, 2024
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MZaidi227
New Haven, CT140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
I found Nazlina through tripadvisor. I'm so glad my cousin and I reserved a private class with her on Saturday morning. She promptly returned messages via email and Whatsapp text. We discussed a potential menu. We learned a lot from the day market -- why ginger from Malaysia is more potent than that from China. We shared a delicious appetizer from the market before cooking pandan-turmeric rice, chicken rendang, and char kway teow (stir fried noodle). Nazlina is an excellent teacher and extremely patient. It helps to bring a friend or family member who has knife skills! We visited the botanical garden close to her home after the lesson. Nazlina also gave us tips on Langkawi and navigating Penang. It was an amazing, memorable experience.
Written February 24, 2024
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Frances B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Nazlina's guided tour through old Georgetown wet market to purchase supplies and get a feel for the local food history really demonstrated what a special place and tour this was. Cooking at her home was both intimate and enlightening. Never knew what it took to crack a coconut and harvest it's meat, much less how absolutely delicious it would be in Pajeri naas. My niece, nephew and I are still talking about the experience. Thank you for sharing your love of Penang and food with us. We'll be back.
Written February 15, 2024
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Sandy Pepper
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a fascinating morning with Nazlina. We began by touring the markets of Georgetown to buy food, after which we returned to her house to prepare and eat our meal. I’m no cook, but I learned a lot, and even ended up with a very satisfactory lunch - way better than anything I’ve ever cooked before. A great way to learn a bit about Malaysia and Malaysian food.
Written February 8, 2024
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Simontees
Ingleby Barwick, UK372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I joined three others to make a small and friendly group. We toured local Georgetown markets with Nazlina imparting knowledge on many aspects of local food and life in general.

We had breakfast at a locals’ restaurant then went back to Nazlina’s home for the cooking class.

We prepared a few dishes under the supervision of Nazlina then sat down together as a group to consume them.

The experience was both informative and fun throughout, I would recommend it to anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding of Penang/Malaysian food.
Written January 11, 2024
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Wander44536481412
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a must do while you are in Penang. Nazlina is a wonderful host & very patient when showing us how to cook the wonderful dishes. The food is amazing & we had a great afternoon
Written January 2, 2024
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Bettina O
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I spent a delightful time with Nazlna on her cooking course. It started with a delicious breakfast at a great local cafe where we found out it was Nazlina’s birthday. Nazlina then took us through various markets in Georgetown to buy the freshest of ingredients for our cooking class. The class took place in her open air kitchen where we were expertly shown step by step how to cook four delicious dishes. Char kwey teow, chicken rendang, turmeric rice and a vegetable dish. We absolutely loved it and it was a highlight of our stay in Georgetown- would highly recommend doing this cooking course!
Written November 20, 2023
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