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Host: Colin

Singapore, Singapore

USD
$100-$130 per person

Peranakan cooking class in a studio near Lavender MRT

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Colin

Colin comes from a Hokkien family and first learned to cook from his mother. Many staple Singaporean dishes originated from the Hokkien community, they are proud of their culture and food and usually focus on the umami flavor component in their food. Colin translates that into his own cooking. Colin is the main chef at the cooking studio and a professional, licensed tour guide, who has also worked in fine-dining restaurants and hotels. Cooking with fresh market produce, traveling, learning about different cuisines and cultures, and meeting new people are Colin’s greatest passions.

“My passion is to teach and impart my food knowledge to those who are interested.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-20 guests) Colin hosts this experience in a cooking studio, which is located inside a bicycle tour shop. You will pass through bicycles before entering his well-lit, colourfully decorated with pastel pots and a mural. Your menu might include dishes such as ngoh hiang (five-spiced meat mixed with water chestnuts, carrots, garlic, shallots and spring onions and wrapped in bean curd skin), laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry) and kueh dadar (a dessert made from fragrant pandan crepe and grated coconut filling steeped in palm sugar).

Cooking experience: (2-20 guests) During your 1.5-hour hands-on cooking class, Colin will teach you how to make three Singaporean dishes from scratch. You can expect a hands-on experience with Colin first demonstrating some of the steps before giving you a chance to try everything yourself. You will first start by making the dessert, nonya kueh dadar, a pandan flavored crepe with grated coconut. Next you will make the appetizer, ngoh hiang, dicing all the ingredients and mixing them with the minced meat, then wrapping the stuffing with a dried bean curd skin. Finally, Colin will share with you his recipe for laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry).

On days that Colin is not available, his colleague Alice will host your cooking lesson.

Market visit: (2-16 guests) Meet Colin at the cooking studio and after a quick introduction, walk together 5 minutes to the nearby local market. You will visit the North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre. In your one-hour market tour you shall visit stalls selling fresh as well as dried produce. At the Food Centre there is also a section that sells cooked food. Walk through the market and learn more about local ingredients and how they are used to prepare authentic Singaporean meals. At the end of your market tour, try traditional coffee and kaya (coconut jam) toast at a popular coffee shop, before heading back to the studio for your cooking class.

Notes: This experience takes place in a cooking studio, which is located inside a bicycle tour shop. On days when Colin is unavailable, the class will be conducted by Alice.

Languages spoken: English, Chinese, Hokkien, Cantonese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ngoh Hiang (a five spiced meat roll mixed with water chestnuts, carrots, garlic, shallots and spring onions, wrapped in bean curd skin)
  • Laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry)
  • Kueh Dadar (a dessert made from fragrant pandan crepe and grated coconut filling steeped in palm sugar).
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I initially walked past Michelle’s cooking studio as the exterior looked like a bicycle shop, but once I walked through the door, I saw the kitchen studio laid out in front of me and Michelle greeted me warmly. Michelle was very friendly and made me feel welcomed right away. We set off for the 1-hour market tour after a quick introduction. The market tour was very interesting. Once back at the studio, we jumped straight into the cooking experience. Michelle had already prepped the ingredients, having measured out the amounts, peeled the shallots, ginger, etc. We started with making the dessert, next we made the appetizer, and finally, Michelle shared her family recipe for Nyonya Laksa. A lot of spices went into making the base of the Nyonya Laksa soup, some of which are less commonly found outside of Singapore/Asia. I was glad Michelle recommended some of the substitutes that could be use, e.g. macadamia nuts for candlenuts, etc. At the end of the cooking session, the entire studio was filled with the awesome aroma of the Nyonya Laksa and we quickly sat down for lunch together. Robin, the Founder of the bicycle tour shop and occasional chef, also joined us for lunch. Michelle took some photos of me while I was cooking and emailed them to me, together with all the recipes of the dishes we cooked, after the experience. It was an enjoyable experience and Michelle also shared many different things about Singapore, including recommendations of where to visit and eat.

Olivia, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
The chef (colin) is friendly and knowledgable!! He gave us many useful tips! The local food is authentic and scrumptious!
- Meyion April 03, 2022
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Colin

$100-$130 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $100
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $130 $120
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $100
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $130 $120
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-12:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-1:00pm

Meet Colin

Colin comes from a Hokkien family and first learned to cook from his mother. Many staple Singaporean dishes originated from the Hokkien community, they are proud of their culture and food and usually focus on the umami flavor component in their food. Colin translates that into his own cooking. Colin is the main chef at the cooking studio and a professional, licensed tour guide, who has also worked in fine-dining restaurants and hotels. Cooking with fresh market produce, traveling, learning about different cuisines and cultures, and meeting new people are Colin’s greatest passions.

“My passion is to teach and impart my food knowledge to those who are interested.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-20 guests) Colin hosts this experience in a cooking studio, which is located inside a bicycle tour shop. You will pass through bicycles before entering his well-lit, colourfully decorated with pastel pots and a mural. Your menu might include dishes such as ngoh hiang (five-spiced meat mixed with water chestnuts, carrots, garlic, shallots and spring onions and wrapped in bean curd skin), laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry) and kueh dadar (a dessert made from fragrant pandan crepe and grated coconut filling steeped in palm sugar).

Cooking experience: (2-20 guests) During your 1.5-hour hands-on cooking class, Colin will teach you how to make three Singaporean dishes from scratch. You can expect a hands-on experience with Colin first demonstrating some of the steps before giving you a chance to try everything yourself. You will first start by making the dessert, nonya kueh dadar, a pandan flavored crepe with grated coconut. Next you will make the appetizer, ngoh hiang, dicing all the ingredients and mixing them with the minced meat, then wrapping the stuffing with a dried bean curd skin. Finally, Colin will share with you his recipe for laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry).

On days that Colin is not available, his colleague Alice will host your cooking lesson.

Market visit: (2-16 guests) Meet Colin at the cooking studio and after a quick introduction, walk together 5 minutes to the nearby local market. You will visit the North Bridge Road Market and Food Centre. In your one-hour market tour you shall visit stalls selling fresh as well as dried produce. At the Food Centre there is also a section that sells cooked food. Walk through the market and learn more about local ingredients and how they are used to prepare authentic Singaporean meals. At the end of your market tour, try traditional coffee and kaya (coconut jam) toast at a popular coffee shop, before heading back to the studio for your cooking class.

Notes: This experience takes place in a cooking studio, which is located inside a bicycle tour shop. On days when Colin is unavailable, the class will be conducted by Alice.

Languages spoken: English, Chinese, Hokkien, Cantonese

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Ngoh Hiang (a five spiced meat roll mixed with water chestnuts, carrots, garlic, shallots and spring onions, wrapped in bean curd skin)
  • Laksa (a spicy seafood noodle dish cooked in coconut curry)
  • Kueh Dadar (a dessert made from fragrant pandan crepe and grated coconut filling steeped in palm sugar).
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I initially walked past Michelle’s cooking studio as the exterior looked like a bicycle shop, but once I walked through the door, I saw the kitchen studio laid out in front of me and Michelle greeted me warmly. Michelle was very friendly and made me feel welcomed right away. We set off for the 1-hour market tour after a quick introduction. The market tour was very interesting. Once back at the studio, we jumped straight into the cooking experience. Michelle had already prepped the ingredients, having measured out the amounts, peeled the shallots, ginger, etc. We started with making the dessert, next we made the appetizer, and finally, Michelle shared her family recipe for Nyonya Laksa. A lot of spices went into making the base of the Nyonya Laksa soup, some of which are less commonly found outside of Singapore/Asia. I was glad Michelle recommended some of the substitutes that could be use, e.g. macadamia nuts for candlenuts, etc. At the end of the cooking session, the entire studio was filled with the awesome aroma of the Nyonya Laksa and we quickly sat down for lunch together. Robin, the Founder of the bicycle tour shop and occasional chef, also joined us for lunch. Michelle took some photos of me while I was cooking and emailed them to me, together with all the recipes of the dishes we cooked, after the experience. It was an enjoyable experience and Michelle also shared many different things about Singapore, including recommendations of where to visit and eat.

Olivia, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (1)
The chef (colin) is friendly and knowledgable!! He gave us many useful tips! The local food is authentic and scrumptious!
- Meyion April 03, 2022
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $100
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $130 $120
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $100
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $130 $120
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-12:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-1:00pm
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