There’s no better way to get acquainted with Singapore’s many cultures than through our island’s food.

Whether you’re heading to a Michelin-starred establishment or a local coffee shop for your fill of nasi lemak (rice dish cooked in coconut milk, served with an array of side dishes), you’re bound to find something that suits your taste buds.

Don’t worry about missing the food once you leave the city, though. Sign up for these cooking classes in Singapore, where you’ll learn how to make your very own version of local delicacies.

Children at a cooking class at Culinary On.

Cookery Magic
People participating in a cooking class at Cookery Magic

More than just cooking classes, the sessions at Cookery Magic are enchanting forays into the realms of culinary creation.

Founded by irrepressible food lover and chef Ruqxana Vasanwala, these home-cooking classes will have you discovering our island’s rich food heritage.

A three-hour cooking session—held in Ruqxana’s cosy kitchen—will have you learning how to whip up delicious dishes like chicken satay (grilled meat skewers), Peranakan-style laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup) and char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles).

Alternatively, opt for Cookery Magic’s Kampong Cooking Escapade—an all-day cooking-themed adventure that takes places on a century-old house on the island of Pulau Ubin. Enjoy the great outdoors, soak in the lush greenery, and learn how to create delicacies like nasi ulam (Indonesian steamed rice dish mixed with various herbs) and ice kacang (shaved ice dessert).

Cookery Magic. 117 Fidelio Street, Singapore 458492. +65 9665 6831.
To book your class, click here.

Palate Sensations
A cooking demonstration by a chef at Palate Sensations.

You’ve probably been to the various hawker centres in Singapore, even tried our Michelin-starred hawker dishes. Now it’s time to take a piece of that home.

Palate Sensations‘Tourist’ classes will have you working the wok in no time. As the name suggests, the class is designed for travellers who want to take home a slice of Singapore’s culinary culture, with recipes and techniques that you can replicate in the comfort of your own kitchen.

So the next time you host a dinner party, you’ll be able to lay out a spread of sambal (a chilli paste) squid, sambal kangkong (water spinach stir-fried in a spicy sauce), chicken rice, and laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup).

Chromos at Biopolis. 10 Biopolis Road #01-03, Singapore 138670. +65 6478 9746.
To book your class, click here.

Bollywood Veggies
A class at Bollywood Veggies Photo by Bollywood Veggies

The folks at Bollywood Veggies —a farm with an in-house bistro—will show you how they do farm-to-table at their Bollywood Bhanchha class (“bhanchha” is the Nepali word for “kitchen”).

Besides being a farm-to-table restaurant that grows the ingredients and herbs for its dishes in its own garden, Bollywood Veggies has a trove of recipes to share.

Vegetable-filled wraps and exotic salads made with farm-fresh produce are the healthier options, while dishes such as chicken curry and deep fried moringa leaves tip the scale towards the more decadent. Local desserts—such as goreng pisang (deep fried banana fritters)—are also on the cards.

There are also culinary classes tailored for children from the age of eight (fret not, parents: there’s no flame cooking involved). If the whole family wants to join in, you can book a private class in the comfort of an air-conditioned show kitchen.

Bollywood Veggies. 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026. +65 6898 5001.
Wed-Sun 7am-7pm.
To book your class, call +65 9452 6202.

Participants of CulinaryOn’s ‘Gorgeous Singapore’ cooking experience

Gather your family and friends, and organise a Gorgeous Singapore experience for yourselves with Culinary On.

This class will have you whipping up local dishes such as chilli crab with mantou (fried/steamed buns), satay (grilled meat skewers) with peanut sauce, and even sweet treats such as pandan chiffon cake with Milo (chocolate malt drink) ice cream.

Besides classes that’ll teach you how to cook nosh from the Lion City, CulinaryOn organises many other events and parties, as well as workshops for kids to unleash their inner master chefs.

Robertson Walk. 11 Unity Street #01-23/24, Singapore 237995. +65 3163 4499.
Daily 8am-11pm.
To book your class, click here.

Food Playground
A class photo at Food Playground.

Just like the Singaporean dish rojak (mixed fruit and vegetable salad), Singapore’s cuisine is a reflection of our myriad cultures.

To sample the sheer breadth of our cuisine, join the Cultural Cooking Class at Food Playground. You’ll learn to cook Chinese, Malay, Peranakan* and Indian dishes in just three hours, and discover more about the country’s heritage at the same time.

Some of the dishes you can look forward to preparing are laksa (spicy coconut milk-based noodle soup), chicken rice and roti jala (net-shaped crêpe).

You’ll also learn how to make delectable snacks such as hoon kueh (jelly made from coconut milk, corn and mung bean flour) and ang ku kueh (also known as red tortoise cake, an oval-shaped Chinese pastry with soft sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the centre).

Food Playground. 24A Sago Street, Singapore 059020. +65 9452 3669.
To book your class, click here.

*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born”, which generally refers to people of Chinese and Malay/Indonesian heritage.

Tools of the Trade
A demonstration of kueh making classes by Chef Julie Yee.

Join chef Julie Yee as she dishes out the secrets to making the perfect kueh (bite-sized snacks or desserts). The Peranakan chef cut her teeth baking French bread and pastries in kitchens around the region, but this cooking class honours her first love, kueh, which she learnt to make as a child while helping her grandmother.

During the 1-for-1 Delightful Pandan Treats Class at Tools of the Trade (ToTT), you’ll get to try your hand at making locally-inspired snacks such as kueh salat (pastry made with glutinous rice and coconut custard), cheese rolls flavoured with pandan and ondeh ondeh (glutinous rice balls with palm sugar filling, coated with desiccated coconut) with sweet potato filling.

Tools of the Trade at Suntec City. 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-427, Singapore 038983. +65 6238 1578. Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9.30pm.

Tools of the Trade at Century Square. 2 Tampines Central 5 #02-14, Singapore 529509. +65 6219 7077. Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-9.30pm.

To book your class, click here.