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Borneo Traditional Cooking Class | 1 Day | Sabah, Malaysia

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The Borneo Traditional Cooking Class is a great opportunity to learn how to cook three typical dishes found in Sabah, Borneo. The Traditional Cooking Class is suitable for cooking enthusiasts, as well as those who typically do not go near an oven. The mix of activities you join provides for a fun, interactive day – visiting a local market, being taught by a Chef how to cook three traditional dishes, having a tasty lunch and also visiting Rumah Terbalik (Upside Down House) and the 3D Wonders Musuem. You’ll be provided with the recipes for your three traditional dishes so you can try out your new dishes once back home 🙂

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Traditional Borneo Cooking Class, Sabah, Malaysia

The Traditional Borneo Cooking Class Trip provides a ‘hands on’ experience during which you learn to cook three traditional dishes of Sabah, Borneo. It is suitable for those looking to have an interactive cultural trip, as well as the food enthusiast. During the traditional cooking class you can learn to cook some of our local dishes such as Hivana (pickled fish salad) and also Manuk Tinapah (BBQ Chicken with herbs & spices). You also get to visit Rumah Terbalik (Upside down house) and the 3D Wonders Museum – you’ll have lots of fun taking photos with surprising results!

You will start your Traditional Borneo Cooking Class by visiting the local market in Tamparuli, a small town located ~ 45 minutes north from Kota Kinabalu. Tamparuli is populated mainly by native Dusuns. On arrival at Tamparuli you will cross the suspension bridge over the river before visiting the market stalls to learn more about the local vegatables found in Sabah, Borneo and purchasing spices and herbs you will need for your dishes. Your Driver / Guide will escort you round the market and you’ll be encouraged to interact with the locals.

Learn, Cook and Eat – Borneo Traditional Cooking, Sabah, Malaysia

You will then head back to Rumah Terbalik, the location for your traditional cooking class. You’ll be greeted by your Head Chef and provided with a briefing whilst enjoying a refreshing welcome drink. The traditional cooking class then starts! You will each have your own cooking station which will have been set out for you, including the ingredients you will be using for the three Borneo dishes and the spices and herbs you bought at Tamparuli market. For each traditional dish your Head Chef will talk you through the preparation you need to complete for each dish. As you finish preparing, and cooking, each dish you will be shown how to plate it up. Your dish is then taken away and work area tidied ready for your next traditional Borneo dish. Before you know it you have prepared, cooked and plated your three traditional dishes from Borneo!! For you non-cooks out there, don’t worry – the Borneo Traditional Cooking Cooking Class is run in a simple, involving way and is suitable for those who love cooking and for those who normally stay away from the oven ;-).

Once all three dished are cooked it is time for your lunch. You’ll get to enjoy eating the results of your efforts during the Ethnic Cooking Class in the Mango Restaurant. You’ll then be transferred back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu pleasantly satisfied from having cooked and eaten three traditional Borneo dishes!

Trip Itinerary – Borneo Cooking Class, Traditional Meals of Sabah, Malaysia

~09:00hrs: Pick-up from your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu. You will be transferred by minibus to a small town called Tamparuli. You will be given a list of items (spices / herbs) to purchase for use in your cooking lesson.

~09:45hrs: You will arrive at Tamparuli. Visit their local market and take the opportunity to mingle with the stall operators when buying your items.

~10:30hrs: Arrive at Rumah Terbalik and go to Mango Garden Restaurant to hand over your shopping items. You will be met by your Chef and enjoy your welcome drink.

~10:40hrs: Your Chef will guide and teach you to cook three types of traditional dishes – Hinava Sada (Fish salad), Manuk Tinapah (BBQ Chicken in local herbs & spices) & Kok Daeng Masak Timbul (Braised fish head with herbs).

12:00hrs: After preparing and cooking the traditional dishes you will be able to enjoy the results of your cooking lesson and eat the three lovely, tasty dishes you prepared and cooked.

13:00hrs: After lunch you will visit the 3D Wonders Museum – be sure to be creative when taking pictures! You’ll also have the option to visit Sabah’s first Upside Down House, “Rumah Terbalik”.

14:30hrs: Depart Rumah Terbalik and transferred back to your hotel in central Kota Kinabalu.

Trip Pre-requisites – Borneo Cooking Class, Sabah, Malaysia

The trip is for those aged 15 years and older. Children younger than 15 years can join the trip and will be assisting their Parent when preparing and cooking the dishes (they’ll be a ‘Chef’s Assistant’). Children younger than 15 years old will not be allowed to handle knives etc when cutting for safety reasons.

Trip Inclusions

  • Return transfers by minibus from a hotel in central Kota Kinabalu.
  • Traditional cooking class activity (instruction by a Chef, ingredients for the meals and all utensils required for use in the preparation and cooking).
  • Lunch – your three cooked traditional dishes.
  • Entrance fees to the 3D Wonders Museum and Rumah Terbalik.
  • 0% Sales & Service Tax on the tour price as applicable from 6th May 2019.

Trip Exclusions

This is a shared trip (with others joining the trip and cooking activity). Private Traditional Cooking Class trip is possible at a surcharge.

Minimum 2 persons per booking.

Recommended Packing List For The Trip

Casual clothes (you will be cooking outside in a covered area so wear cool, comfortable clothing), camera, small bottle of water for the journey, small amount of cash (MYR) in case you want to buy anything from Tamparuli market.

Notes – Traditional Cooking Class, Sabah, Borneo

The local dishes you cook can be tailored for vegetarians and for those with a fish allergy.

Prices shown are valid for trips up to 31st December 2019. For Traditional Cooking Class trips after this date please contact us for a quote.

1 review for Borneo Traditional Cooking Class | 1 Day | Sabah, Malaysia

  1. Audrey CH

    My friends and I had this cooking class in May 2016 with Beverly. We had a lovely time with her, chef and staff there. Everything was smooth, exciting and well-organized.

    We totally enjoyed the cooking, eating, buying food from local market, learning local ingredients and also visited 3D museum as well as the Upside Down House! 🙂

    Definitely recommend to all travelers!

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