A hands-on class culminating in a family-style dinner served with wine and beer.
Considered the national dish of Malaysia and enjoyed by Malay populations in nearby Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand, nasi lemak is a banana leaf-wrapped package of assorted goodies in a diverse palette of colors and textures: fragrant steamed rice, fried anchovies, salty peanuts, perfectly boiled egg, cooling cucumber, and a spicy, aromatic sambal paste packing a punch of flavor. Though it looks complicated, many of these components can be made ahead of time and stored between meals, making this meal accessible and customizeable.
Linda, our resident Southeast Asian cuisine instructor, chose to cook nasi lemak for our May Community Dinner and will teach you in this class how to make it at home. For new and old fans of Malaysian cuisine, this class will teach you some of the most recognizeable Malaysian dishes.
Nasi Lemak: Coconut Rice, Sambal, Egg, Anchovies, Peanuts, Cucumber
Seasonal vegetables in sambal
Teh Tarik: Pulled Milk Tea
Linda Tay Esposito is teaching chef whose food represents a tribute and a commitment to the authenticity of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim. For the last 15 years, Linda has shared her passion and knowledge of South East Asian cuisine in the Bay Area and her work had been featured in KQED Bay Area Bites, the New York Times, etc. Linda taught at the The Cooking School at Cavallo Point and at Sur La Table Cooking School, and was a lead chef at Parties That Cook where she taught global cuisines in a team building setting. She started her teaching career at Whole Foods Market. Most recently she was the head of operations and chef at Bay Area's artisan tofu maker, Hodo. She currently leads the development of La Cocina’s municipal marketplace – using food as a creative approach to economic development by offering affordable, healthy food options and safe spaces while providing assessable business opportunities for low income, immigrant, women food entrepreneurs. She writes a food blog at www.flavorexplosions.com and you can follow her on Instagram @flavor_explosions
Photo courtesy of Linda Tay Esposito