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Cook Indian Muslim Food with Spice Zi

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.Singapore, SingaporePart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Taahira

3.5 hours
Asian
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will learn the entire process from cooking to eating with us. Here is a sketch of the time you will spend with us.

First 10 minutes: Enter residential home in Singapore - introductions with my mother, her background in cooking and her ethnicity that shapes her cooking. Guests can introduce themselves and share their level of comfort with spiciness and cooking.

Next 10 mins: Introduction to dishes we will cook. My mum will cook 2 -3 different dishes.

(This will vary per session depending on the taste buds and preferences of our guests)

Some of our highlights include:

1. Pal Mee Siam (coconut based vermicelli noodles with home - made sambal belachan)

2. Tahu Goreng (Stir fry tempeh and tofu)

3. Payasam (vermicelli based Indian dessert pudding)

4. Poori (Fried Indian bread) with channa dhal (chickpeas curry)

5. Ikan Billis Sambal (anchovy sambal)

Next 15 mins: Preparation and showcase of ingredients, instructions for who does what.

Next hour - hour and a half: Cooking experience - my mother will show the steps and guests will follow. We will make a portion of each dish that will be big enough for 5 people to eat.
My mother will show the technique of each dish from frying the basics to the very end of completing the dish.

Last 40 mins: Setting up of table and showing of using hands to eat.
You will learn the entire process from cooking to eating with us. Here is a sketch of the time you will spend with us.

First 10 minutes: Enter residential home in Singapore - introductions with my mother, her background in cooking and her ethnicity that shapes her cooking. Guests can introduce themselves and share their level of comfort with spiciness and cooking.

Next 10 mins: Introduction to dishes we will cook. My mum…

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What's included

  • Food
    Appetizer: We will serve you with refreshing ginger water or fenugreek infu...
From ₹4,190
/ person
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Meet your host, Taahira

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 10 Reviews
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My mother, Zaithoon (Zi) is an expert in Indian Muslim food and has cooked for festivals like eid, weddings, family functions, birthdays for the past 20 years of her life. I've been learning to cook Indian Muslim food from my mother for the past 3 years, to evolve from cooking salads to the ones my mum makes.

In Singapore, there are plenty of "mamak" shops that sell Indian Muslim food. However, this is nothing like what my mum makes at home that can be found in stores.

For example, she makes "mee-siam briyani" and "pal mee siam" these are variations of traditional Indian and Malay dishes found in Singapore.

Our unique heritage and presence in Singapore for three generations have shaped my mum's cooking and tweaked it from the way her ancestors cooked.

You will learn about food and history while getting your hands in the pot.
My mother, Zaithoon (Zi) is an expert in Indian Muslim food and has cooked for festivals like eid, weddings, family functions, birthdays for the past 20 years of her life. I've been learning to cook Indian Muslim food from my mother for the past 3 years, to evolve from cooking salads to the ones my mum makes.

In Singapore, there are plenty of "mamak" shops that sell Indian Muslim food. However, this is nothing like what my mum makes at home that can be found in stores.

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Where you'll be

My mum's house is a HDB (Housing Development Board) flat / residential highrise flat in Toh Yi Drive. This is in the heart of bukit timah and one of the 5 HDBS left in this area. It is in a great location accessible by bus and train from anywhere in Singapore. It will also allow guests to see how people live in HDBS in Singapore and how local families live.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Kimberly
February 2020
meeting taahira and mama zi was a great experience and i'm so grateful to them for opening up their home in such a personal way. getting to see how local singaporeans live (in a lovely HDB, with grandmother!), learning about their experiences and perspective of life as first- and second-generation immigrants through storytelling and of course the cooking + eating of traditional dishes adapted in a new land found only in muslim indian homes was such a treat. i would highly recommend this experience and look forward to taking another class with them to learn more 'secret' recipes :)
meeting taahira and mama zi was a great experience and i'm so grateful to them for opening up their home in such a personal way. getting to see how local singaporeans live (in a lo…
Zaki
January 2020
I am so impressed by the experience I had with Taahira and her mom. First, the food was amazing - having lived in Singapore all my life, I had never come across some of the dishes that we had prepared because these are not sold in restaurants and thus, the food felt special and was home made. Second, the home is lovely, warm and inviting and I felt comfortable during the entire experience, comfortable enough to exchange stories, to discuss the evolution of food in Singapore and also the interesting commonalities and differences in foods across cultures and households. Third, we were taught extremely well and I felt that we were actively engaged during the entire process. I highly recommend this experience and would definitely return to learn more recipes and dishes.
I am so impressed by the experience I had with Taahira and her mom. First, the food was amazing - having lived in Singapore all my life, I had never come across some of the dishes…
Fauzy
January 2020
One of the finest home cook Indian Muslim food experience you can find in Singapore. The food is amazing. The host is warm, generous and kind from the beginning to the end. Their bountiful knowledge of Singapore culture will keep you entertained and understand better on Singapore’s diversity. I would definitely go through this experience again. And buy the sambal to bring home. Well done Taahira & Puan Zaithoon. I really enjoyed myself so much.
One of the finest home cook Indian Muslim food experience you can find in Singapore. The food is amazing. The host is warm, generous and kind from the beginning to the end. Their b…
Aliza
December 2019
There's something so special about being welcomed into someone's home for a meal, and even more so when you have the opportunity to make it together. Taahira and her mom gave me the sense of being at home - they were kind and welcoming, but also authentic and real with me. I loved learning a few of their family's recipes, and I also learned a lot about life in Singapore. Under Spice Zi's helpful guidance, cooking was approachable, fun, and most importantly, delicious! They were kind enough to adapt all the recipes to be vegetarian-friendly. I left feeling full of gratitude to have had the chance to visit their kitchen and spend the morning with them. Highly recommend to anyone in Singapore who wants learn something new or eat something wonderful!
There's something so special about being welcomed into someone's home for a meal, and even more so when you have the opportunity to make it together. Taahira and her mom gave me th…
Jeremy
September 2019
Taahira and Mama Zi's experience is worth it through and through. The amazing food you make is just the foundation for a wonderful noon of cultural learning and exchange (even for a Singaporean). It's always a privilege to be invited to a family home. I would strongly recommend. :)
Taahira and Mama Zi's experience is worth it through and through. The amazing food you make is just the foundation for a wonderful noon of cultural learning and exchange (even for…
Nur Hafizah
August 2019
It’s like learning from your mama minus the heartache and disappointment. Hers (from the way you cut the onion) not yours. I love this experience and would come back to learn how to cook other dishes in a heart beat.

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.
Pescatarian
Soya-free
Vegetarian
Fish allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

My mother is Muslim so please avoid bringing any alcoholic items, pork or non halal food to the premises. Thank you.

What to bring

An open mind, respectful attitude and patience.

Light material clothing