Pakistani food is rich in both flavour and heritage. In this 3-hour Pakistani Cooking Class, step into a traditional Pakistani home - you’ll learn to recreate the regal flavours of this cuisine’s festive dishes and feast upon the food of aristocrats like ‘nawabs’ & ‘rajahs’, who were served these creations on silver & gold dishes.
The World of Herbs and Spices
The cooking class begins with an introduction to the spices commonly used in Pakistani food. Spices, like saffron, cinnamon and cumin, are essential to the cuisine - they are freshly roasted and grounded to create an amazingly rich array of aromatic dishes. See, smell & touch them as Chef Rehana Sheikh explains each one’s role in a spice blend.
The Cooking Experience
You will learn how to cook three or four delectable Pakistani recipes, accompanied by a lively discussion of cooking tips. You may want to participate in each step for a fully hands-on experience or watch Chef Rehana demonstrate.
Afterwards, sit down and enjoy the delicious Pakistani food. Go home with the recipes, a helpful spice guide on how to buy and store spices and a special gift!
Choose one menu from the below:
- Zafrani Biryani – The grand saffron mutton, lamb or chicken biryani cooked with Basmati rice, yoghurt, carmelized onions, pungent spices and Spanish saffron
- Aloo Ka Raita – Steamed Potato Chunks in spicy yoghurt with fragrant herbs
- Saag Methi – Spinach cooked in assorted spices, tomatoes and an aromatic dried herb 'methi'
- Korma – A rich dish of chicken or lamb cooked in onions, yoghurt, almonds and a 5-spice blend
- Mattar Pulao – Basmati rice flavoured with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and cooked with peas then flavoured with a blend of spices
- Chapli Kebabs – Crisp beef kebabs made with tomatoes, chilies and dried pomegranate seeds then flavoured with a blend of spices
- Tandoori Sabzi – Assorted spiced and grilled/baked vegetables
- Maachi Harah Masala – Fish Chunks in a hot and spicy sauce made with fresh herbs and tamarind
- Bagharey Baingan – A hot and sour eggplant curry, spiced with a special blend of 8-10 ingredients
- Chilli and Coriander Rice – Basmati rice cooked with fresh coriander and chillies
- Dal Kebabs – Lentil and carrot spicy cakes
- Murgh Tikkas – Barbecued/grilled chicken in a special spice blend
- Baigan Burhani – Grilled eggplant in spicy sauce
- Bhindi Keema – Crispy okra topped hot minced beef
- Til Kay Naan – Baked sesame soft, flat bread
- Beer Chicken Curry – Chicken cooked with a fiery blend of spices and simmered in beer
- Seekh Tikkas – Spiced beef and vegetables grilled on skewers
- Cumin Chappatis – Fluffy whole wheat flat bread with crunchy cumin seeds
- Aloo Ka Bhurtha – Potatoes mash with crispy fried onions, flavourful greens and spices
With compliments from the Chef (made only on request)
- Gajar Ka Halwa – Grated carrot cooked slowly in milk, then browned in butter or oil with cardamom, nuts and raisins
- Suji Ka Halwa – Toasted semolina cooked in a sweet cardamom syrup with almonds and pistachios
- Gulab Jamun – Fried soft milk balls in rose flavoured syrup
- Kulfi – Pakistani style ice-cream with pistachios and cardamom
- Zarda – Basmati rice cooked with nuts and raisins in a saffron flavoured syrup with cloves, cardamom and cinnamon
- Sheer Khorma – Toasted vermicelli cooked in milk with assorted nuts with dried dates and dried coconut silvers added in then flavoured with 'kewra' a floral essence
Number of People
This experience is valid for 2 people in a private session. Additional participants may join at an additional cost of $900 per person, up to a maximum of 6 people.
Upon request, this experience may also take place at the participant's home. An assessment of cooking facilities will be undertaken and additional transportation charges will apply.
Availability and Duration
The experience lasts 3 – 3.5 hours. Bookings can be made on all days except Sundays and public holidays in one of two slots:
1) Lunch session 11.00am–2.30pm
2) Dinner session 6.00pm–9.30pm
Bookings must be made at least 3 days in advance and are subject to availability.
This experience will be cancelled and rescheduled in the event that the Hong Kong Observatory issues a red or black rainstorm warning signal or a typhoon signal number 8 or above.
What to Wear
Please dress in casual and non-flammable clothing with minimum jewelry.
Please notify us of any religious or health dietary restrictions on the booking form. Upon request, menus can be customized for children and young adults.
This experience includes:
- Demonstration and participation in preparing a three-dish Pakistani meal
- Complimentary tea and soft drinks, dessert (on request), all Pakistani style will be offered
- Step by step recipes and relevant tips will be given as handouts
- Participants will also receive a take-home special gift at the end of the experience