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Best cooking class in Kuala Lumpur

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Berlin
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Best cooking class in Kuala Lumpur

Just came back from Kuala Lumpur a few weeks ago and would like to share info about the best Asian cooking school we've ever attended, done by one of Malaysia's top cooks, Rohani Jelani. Very nice lady, very comprehensive lessons and me and my wife both want to go back for all her classes! She's also written lots of books on Asian cuisine and is highly recommended by Tourism Malaysia.

Google for "rohani jelani cooking school"

Berlin
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I just found out that she was featured as one of the top 10 food places in the world to visit for 2009 in Saveur Magazine: saveur.com/article/…The-2009-SAVEUR-100

Just FYI.

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I have to agree with you. I did the "nasi" or rice dishes course and it was just so fascinating to make real traditional Malaysian dishes, and to learn about the history of the various dishes. Some of the recipes had never even been written down before and Rohani had to painstakingly recreate and rewrite the recipes with metric portions based on verbal interviews done over years with cooks in small local villages. For example, one of the dishes we made was the nasi dagang, which is translated as Traveller's Rice and we used a quite special species of red rice which is grown only in Kelantan.

As an experienced food specialist myself, I found Rohani a lovely unique person with a genuine passion for food and for preserving the old traditional recipes which are simply being wiped out by modern food processing factories. I was just so happy to be allowed to recreate some truly lovely fragrant dishes with her and it was such a wonderful experience to be able to do it at her quite stunning house.

I don't really exactly remember what I paid in total (less than 300 ringit for sure) as I had the taxi as well (organised by Rohani) but the experience was worth every penny and much more.

In short, my day at Rohani's house was by far the highlight of my stay in Malaysia. The experience of the rest of my short stay was somewhat variable - I saw pickpockets openly in action on the local transit trains, my own handbag got slashed at a night market and no taxi would use their meters despite me insisting on it. The local food was quite nice but full of monosodium glutamate and also often had too much sugar and salt. However, the Japanese buffet at Zinpangu at the Shangri-La was quite spectacular as was the dim sum at Xin in the Concorde. Some friends weirdly also took me to try tapas in Bukit Bintang Chankat and it was not too good, as the other (limited) Western cuisine I tried in town. The bar drinks are quite expensive, and the best drinks I had were the chilled fresh coconuts wrapped in cling film which you can find in Indian or Chinese restaurants.

I would return for sure but I would be much more careful about where I go and be more wary of the prevalent petty crime in the city. And definitely I would be back to see Rohani again as that would really be the main reason for going back to Kuala Lumpur. She had also promised to point out to me some of her favourite restaurants in town and I don't want to miss that!

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I thought 'La Zat' was also very good, friendly, small and intermit.

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I thought La Zat was fantastic too. Had a wonderful day with Ana and Sadiaah - 3 savoury dishes and 1 sweet. So well prepared and everything was just right.

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Thanks for the advice. Maybe I will think about trying La Zat another visit as you people are really pushing the place so hard all the time.

However, Rohani Jelani is in the Top 10 in Saveur, a pretty serious international food magazine for real culinary fans. Check the magazine out. www.saveur.com

Berlin
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I've been following your posts and find it great that you agree with our opinions too!

Anyway, for those who are interested, her website now has a new schedule for October, and a link to something else we find very interesting for our next trip to Malaysia...

www.rohanijelani.com

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We were in Penang and KL some weeks ago, but the schedule was so hectic that I could not do all we wanted, including some cooking classes. But we like the place and country so much that we will be coming back again next year as everything is so cheap and we had such a good time, especially eating out!

I notice on the website that Rohani now does Bayan Indah. Has anyone stayed there? It looks really beautiful.

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This Bayan Indah place is where the school is, right? We are also curious. It looks really very pretty and quite different from anything we have seen before.

So we are planning to stay there in early spring next year and any reports/feedback would be good before we finalise our plans.

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you've convinced me.... I'm going next week!

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Did the Hot Noodles at Rohani's last week.

Location is surprising as house is right next to steep rain forest in simple village but everything inside works really well. Class was very good, very professional and friendly - we learnt a lot and enjoyed our own home cooking very much. It is a lovely place. Quite unique in fact - never seen anything like it before. Very modern, yet full of charming antiques.

Can highly recommend. This is genuinely good KL experience.