10 cooking courses for the intrepid chef wannabe

In this country, we mostly live to eat (prove us wrong if we are!)

Being students is already tough in itself, so why deprive yourself of good food and the satisfaction you gain from what you eat from scratch? Cooking can be extremely therapeutic!

If you’re a wannabe cook, here are 10 cooking courses you can consider to help you navigate your home kitchen like a professional. And why not? Home cooked food is truly something else.

1. Palate Sensations Cooking School — Culinary Arts – Japanese Street Food

Palate Sensations has a dazzling array of classes on offer that we couldn’t make our minds up on which to present in this list! The cooking school covers a wide array of cuisines from Vietnamese to French, so you’re bound to find something that catches your interest. Classes will be taught in their spacious open concept kitchen by guest chefs or resident chefs.

This Japanese Street Food class covers a lot of popular Japanese foods that will make your belly happy. Gyoza and okonomiyaki? Sign me up!!

Menu: Yakitori, Gyoza, Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba, Takikomi Gohan (Japanese mixed rice)

Duration: 2 sessions, 4 hours each

Class Fee: $250.00 per pax

SkillsFuture claimable: Yes

2. Little Green Kitchen — 30-minute meals class

The Little Green Kitchen, as its name may hint, is a cooking studio specializing in vegetarian cooking! Even the most-hardcore meat lover would find something appealing here: dishes taught include chocolate-banoffi (toffee, banana and cream pie) mousse and green curry! We think that students and working adults frazzled for time would benefit most from the 30-minute meals class, where you’d be able to get delicious home-cooked food fast and with minimal effort. Classes are also fairly affordable, which is a huge plus!

Menu: Paella, Couscous with balsamic-roasted cauliflower and peas, Avocado pan-fried tortillas with spicy tomato salsa

Duration: 1 session, 3 hours long

Class Fee: $85.00 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

3. Phoon Huat—Various hands-on workshops

Yes, Phoon Huat isn’t just a baking supplies store! They conduct baking sessions on the regular at an affordable price (see below), with classes differing based which studio you choose to go to. Items that have been made include black forest cake, sourdough bread, croissants and bagels. Do book class slots two weeks in advance!

Menu: Not fixed, regular rotations/seasonal offerings (e.g mooncake classes are offered close to Mid-autumn festival)

Duration: 3-4 hours long

Class Fee: $70.00 for 2 recipes

Skillsfuture claimable: No (their Wilton method cake decorating classes are claimable, though!)

4. Bollywood Veggies—Culinary Challenge activity

Okay, this isn’t a pure cooking class per se, but you’d get access to fresh ingredients off Bollywood  Veggies’ Farm! The activity is pegged as a team exercise, so bring your friends and face off each other in groups, as all of you journey through hunting for the ingredients to prepping and cooking them. The activity includes a guided farm tour as well as Lunch at the Poison Ivy Bistro. Do note that you’ll need a group of 20 (minimum) for booking, so make it a hall activity, maybe?

Menu: Please check with the provider

Duration: 2 hours

Class Fee: $60-75 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

5. ABC Cooking Studio—Trial lesson for Japanese Hamburg Steak*

Hailing from Japan, it’s only right to take a Japanese cooking class with ABC Studio! Beginners are welcome in their classes, which are kept small (4 per class!) so you can have the guidance that you require. You’ll also get to bring the recipe home in an easy to understand format. The studio offers a membership and class package, but if you’re not keen on going for so many classes, you can try out their trial lessons! The Hamburg Steak class is particularly tempting for us!

*First-timer only

Menu: Hamburg steak. Other class options include Peach Blossom Tart, Gateau Au Chocolat, Ham Mayo Bread and Cinnamon Roll, etc.

Duration: 2 hours

Class fee: $35-48 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

6. Baker’s Brew—Wholemeal turtle melon pan

Baker’s Brew is a fairly new, having opened their first studio in 2015, but has since grown to have 3 studios and 1 café! They have many eye-catching courses (the writer is unable to stop thinking about the rose-scented watermelon cake one) for all occasions (mandarin orange chiffon cake) and palates! The turtle melon pan one is a feast for your eyes and stomach—make your classes better with these homemade colourful breads!

Menu: Melon pan wrapped in banana and chocolate

Duration: 4 hours

Class fee: $128-148 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

7. Allspice Institute—Peranakan beginner class

Traditional Peranakan dishes are time-consuming and tough to make, but the taste makes it all worth it. Why not challenge yourself and try making some delectable Peranakan meals? Allspice Institute’s class will take you on visits to the markets to teach you how to choose the right ingredients, followed by a demonstration from a true-blue Peranakan chef and then the hands-on cooking session.

Menu: Changes depending on chosen day. Recipes include ngoh hiangn and assam fish, as well as Pulut Hitam.

Duration: 9am-6pm

Class fee: $160.00 plus GST per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: Yes

8. Cookery Magic—Daily Home Cooking Class

Cookery Magic is run in a home (outdoor!) kitchen by Ruqxana Vasanwala, promising a warm and cozy experience! Classes run the gamut of cuisines, ranging from local foods to Thai, Indian to Indonesian, and there’s even a class conducted on Pulau Ubin at a 100-year Malay kampong! There are also various corporate cooking classes held at interesting locations, for the working folk!

Menu: Char Kuey Teow, Chilli prawns/crabs, ondeh ondeh and so on. Various cuisines are on offer depending on the day your class is on. 3-4 dishes will be taught.

Duration: 3 hours

Class fee: $110.00 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

9. ToTT stores –Various cooking classes

ToTT holds both hands-on cooking classes as well as demo classes, so pick your poison and cook away! Learn how to make pretty desserts like cakes with flower art, or Disney-inspired Lamington Square cakes. Or make scrumptious addictive dishes like handmade squid ink pasta and ravioli. It’s your choice! ToTT also holds classes for children that adults would want to crash too (Totoro inspired chiffon cake, anyone?) Maybe the next time you visit you won’t just be window shopping, but getting down to work yourself?

Menu: Recipes include Nasi Lemak, Xiao Long Bao, Crabs 3 ways, Macarons, and so on.

Duration: 2-4 hours

Class fee: $88-148 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

10. Food Playground— Cultural Cooking Class

If you have a heart for creating social impact and home-cooked food, we think you’ll like Food Playground! The cooking school’s cooks are mothers and active seniors who require flexi-work opportunities, and know how to whip up a mean feast! The culinary school also offers interesting team-bonding activities in the form of an Amazing Heritage Race, which has received recognition from Tripadvisor! We’d love to try that out, personally.

Menu: Dishes include Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Satay and Laksa, etc.

Duration: 3 hours

Class fee: $119.00 per pax

Skillsfuture claimable: No

Taken any of these classes? We’d love to hear about your experiences, so our juniors will benefit! Drop a comment below, or leave us some easy recipes! Feed the hangry students, y’all!

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