For those looking for a unique experience while in Kuala Lumpur, consider adding Bayan Indah to your itinerary. This culinary retreat offers a staggering 70 cooking classes, ranging from your typical mouth-watering Malaysian dishes to more complicated ones such as pies and tarts. Located in Kampung Sungai Penchala merely 30 minutes from the city centre, Bayan Indah is a rustic two-storey bungalow that doubles up as a cooking school, located in the middle of idyllic lush greenery of a Malay village.
Rohani Jelani, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef heads the class, with impressive skills on the chopping board and enthusiasm to match. A renowned Malaysian chef and cookbook writer, Rohani is accommodating and full of energy, with extensive knowledge of world cuisine. Watching her in the kitchen is an entertaining sight – she whips up dishes with complete ease and speed.
What to expect from the cooking classes, then? We say, fun, fun and more fun! Classes are held at the specially-designed modern kitchen of Bayan Indah, complete with step-by-step instructions by Rohani herself. Forget all the short-cuts that you’ve learnt before – Rohani teaches students how to cook the way she was taught, along with nifty tips and tricks of the kitchen. Her recipes are easy to follow, and demonstrations include how to properly present your dishes afterwards. The whole setup is easy-going, and you get to mingle with like-minded students plus, once cooked, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour together in the dining area.
Bayan Indah offers a wide range of cooking class themes, with main favourites being local cuisines but there are also other dish choices such as pastas, Thai and Japanese. There are also different levels, from easy to challenging, to suit newcomers and also seasoned professionals. Classes start as early as 09:30 and last up to four hours with fees starting from RM280 per person per theme.
To participate, there are several options. To join any available class, prospective students can view the school’s online calendar and choose any class that is suitable. You can also opt for a group private class if you can gather 10-12 people, or a shared group class if you can only rustle up six or more people. Note that a shared group class will be open to the public, but fret not, everyone will be in high spirits!
Cooking Classes at Bayan Indah
- Address: Plot 3342, Kampung Penchala Indah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +6 03 7729 0122