Authentic Malaysian Cookery at LaZat Cookery School, KL

LaZat Cookery School

LaZat Cookery School

Aprons at LaZat Cookery School

Aprons at LaZat Cookery School

The teaching bench at LaZat Cookery School

The teaching bench at LaZat Cookery School

LaZat offers authentic cookery lessons in a contemporary Malaysian home environment, surrounded by lush greenery. Who would have thought that just a few hundred meters from the highway at Damansara, this quiet haven would exist, where you can escape the city hubbub and enjoy incredible food that you have prepared yourself! With the guidance of LaZat’s amazing team, I pulled off incredible recipes that even I couldn’t believe I had created; they could have been whipped up by a native Malaysian chef.

Courses run Monday through Saturday, with a different cuisine offered each day, from authentic Malay classics, to Nyonya and even Thai cookery. Dishes can be adapted for vegetarians and those with certain food allergies and LaZat even run a specially adapted Vegetarian session on Mondays. With Hari Raya celebrations in full swing, I chose the Authentic Malay class, where I would learn to cook one of Malaysia’s more famous dishes and a festivities must-have; rendang.

Fresh fish at TTDI Market

Fresh fish at TTDI Market

Intriguing Malaysian indredients at TTDI Market

Intriguing Malaysian indredients at TTDI Market

Rice cooked in bamboo shoots at TTDI Market

Rice cooked in bamboo shoots at TTDI Market

Vegetables at TTDI Market

Vegetables at TTDI Market

Salted duck eggs at TTDI Market

Salted duck eggs at TTDI Market

Dried anchovies and prawns at TTDI Market

Dried anchovies and prawns at TTDI Market

Spice paste at TTDI Market

Spice paste at TTDI Market

Spice at TTDI Market

Spice at TTDI Market

Fresh chickens at TTDI Market

Fresh chickens at TTDI Market

Beef stand at TTDI Market

Beef stand at TTDI Market

Each course begins with a market visit, to the colourful and bustling TTDI market, where the lovely Sue guides you through unusual Malaysian ingredients, the best spots to buy your meat and fish, shows you how coconut milk is made and you’ll even get the chance to grab a traditional breakfast of roti canai or roti telur (with egg) with an assortment of sauces made fresh in front of you.

Freshly made roti telur at TTDI Market

Freshly made roti telur at TTDI Market

Freshly made roti telur at TTDI Market

Freshly made roti telur at TTDI Market

Roti canai and roti telur at TTDI Market

Roti canai and roti telur at TTDI Market

Curry sauce, vegetable daal and spicy chilli sambal at TTDI Market

Curry sauce, vegetable daal and spicy chilli sambal at TTDI Market

After the market visit, we were taken to the cookery school, just a short drive away. Upon our arrival we sat down for a chat over a cup of their home-made pandan tea that had wonderful aromas of lemongrass, ginger and palm sugar. Owner Ana made us feel extremely welcome and at home, giving advice on all the best spots to hit in KL, including an extensive list of great eateries for all us foodies.

Cooking began shortly after in the rustic, home-style “wet kitchen” downstairs, where we sat at the teaching bench, overlooking the forest canopy. The kitchen was well set out, clean, spacious and with all the equipment you could even need. Aprons on, pens at the ready and we were all set.

Work stations at LaZat

Work stations at LaZat

Saariah

Saariah

Sue

Sue

Saariah was our teacher for the day. She explained everything very clearly, introducing each dish, its origins and its ingredients before launching into demonstrations of their preparation before sending us off to try for ourselves, under her watchful eye, or course. All of our ingredients were beautifully arranged in pretty little bowl at our individual cooking stations. We must have used hundreds of utensils and containers between us by the end of the day, so many thanks to the washing-up staff; cleaning was a burden we were able to escape!

Cooking authentic malay food at LaZat

Cooking authentic malay food at LaZat

Ingredients beautifully prepared at LaZat

Ingredients beautifully prepared at LaZat

Impeccable work stations at LaZat

Impeccable work stations at LaZat

On the current ‘Authentic Malay’ menu were:

  • Cucur udang – prawn fritters, made with soft, sweet prawns, crunchy bean sprouts, spring onion, fresh corn and shallows, then deep-fried until golden and crisp. Served with sweet chilli sauce, they are a very ‘moreish’ snack. We were even given presentation tips for this one!
LaZat's home-made sweet chilli sauce

LaZat’s home-made sweet chilli sauce

Deep-frying in rustic woks

Deep-frying in rustic woks

Cucur udang

Cucur udang

  • Rendang daging – a richly spiced, rich-tasting and thick meat dish; this version with beef (daging in Malay). A dish served during festivities, such as Hari Raya, and always on the menu at a Malaysian wedding.
Beautiful tenderloin - LaZat source the highest quality ingredients they can find

Beautiful tenderloin – LaZat source the highest quality ingredients they can find

Beef rendang at LaZat

Beef rendang at LaZat

  • Acar timun – a colourful and spicy warm cucumber salad, fragranced with lemongrass, ginger and chillies. This dish is often served with rending for a balance of sweet, spice and sour flavours.
at LaZat

Acar timun at LaZat

  • Kueh koci – steamed glutinous rice balls, filled with a sweet and juicy coconut and palm sugar filling, then smothered in a creamy coconut glaze. Delicious!
Kueh koci at LaZat

Kueh koci at LaZat

After a long day of slaving over the stove, it was time to sit down to eat in the upstairs dining area. The brewing storm finally broke and provided welcome freshness while we ate. Many thanks to the LaZat team for an amazing day.

For recipes, see the links below:

LaZat Malaysian Home Cooking Class

Malay House at Penchala Hills

Lot 3196, Jalan Seri Penchala

Kampong Sg. Penchala

60000

Kuala Lumpur

http://www.malaysia-klcookingclass.com

Courses run Mon-Sat 8:30-14:00 (check website for holiday dates)

My finished dishes (minus prawn fritters which were gobbled down earlier)

My finished dishes (minus prawn fritters which were gobbled down earlier)

Dining together at LaZat

Dining together at LaZat

The forest canopy at LaZat

The forest canopy at LaZat

Surroundings at LaZat

Surroundings at LaZat

Balcony at LaZat

Balcony at LaZat

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