What you'll do
There is an undeniable magic to cooking and eating together. Cooking together not only lightens the load of cooking multiple dishes simultaneously, but food also just tastes better when prepared and enjoyed in a mindful, fun-loving atmosphere. I’m convinced that the older communities and cultures tapped into this secret when they came together regularly to prepare “big-day” celebratory feasts or family meals. The new offering by the Cape Malay Food Market – a group cooking experience – taps into this concept of making cooking and eating fun. The 3 ½ hour group cooking experience includes a brief overview of Cape Malay Culture and Food, learning specialist cooking techniques and enjoying a sumptuous three course sit-down meal of traditional Cape Malay favorites. You will receive personal instruction and guidance by your host Zaida Tofie. The best way to learn is through hands on application and Zaida will be like your cooking doula - facilitating the birthing of your Cape Malay creations. Cape Malay Food was influenced by the Cape of Good Hope’s strategic location on the 15th century spice route and melting pot of displaced Asian, Dutch, Indian and French settlers, slaves and political exiles. Cape Malay dishes are therefore an eclectic blend of flavorful and aromatic spices with contrasting sweet-sour or sweet-chili tastes.
- Passionate cooks
Learn traditional recipes and hear personal stories from local hosts.
- Intimate settings
Share a meal in unique spaces, from private farms to secret rooftops.
- Vetted by Airbnb
Every experience is reviewed for authentic culinary traditions.
Born in Cape Town into a local Cape Malay family where everything revolves around food. I have had more than 35 years of experience cooking traditional Cape Malay favorites. Although I am a professional transport planning consultant I have always had a passion for cooking the unique flavors of our local cuisine. I opened a restaurant a few years ago in the Cape Quarter called The Cape Malay Food Market and have hosted multiple group cooking events to teach specialist techniques in a fun group environment.
Depending on the event time-slot you choose. The group cooking event will include the ingredients and the dinner or lunch…
Where you'll be
The best place to learn traditional Cape Malay cuisine is from a local in their home. The group cooking experience will be held in Zaida's home kitchen.
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also consider that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry,…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
You don't need extensive cooking skills to join the event. You will be amazed at the tasty dishes that will be whipped up during the time.
Cape Malay Group Cooking Experience