Flavors of Malaysia: Hakka - In Person

Sunday, March 6, 2022 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class culminating in a meal served with wine and beer. This class is limited to 14 students. See our registration policies here and our rules for in-person events here.

Explore another facet of Malaysian cuisine in this class, focusing on Hakka classics. Hakka people, sometimes referred to as Chinese gypsies, come from the north and western part of China and settled in the Southern China. The Hakka people are the most widely spread and largest Chinese diaspora. The cuisines uses a lot of preserved ingredients and feature meats and seafood.  



Yong Tau Foo—Fish Stuffed Eggplant, Bittermelon & Tofu

Mui Choy Kao Yoke—Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard 

Taro Abacus in Pork Ragout—Round-shaped pieces of Taro and Tapioca dough stir-fried with Pork

Hakka Lei Cha—Rice Bowl with Pounded Tea and Preserved Radish, Peanuts, Sautéed Long Beans & Tofu (pictured)


This menu contains the following common allergens: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Peanuts. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 



Linda Tay Esposito is a teaching chef whose food represents a tribute and commitment to the authenticity of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim. For the last 18 years, Linda has shared her passion and knowledge of East & South East Asian cuisines through Bay Area cooking schools - Cavallo Point, Sur La Table, Parties That Cook and Whole Foods Market. Linda’s teaching philosophy is to make these cuisines approachable to the home cook, while respecting the cuisine’s heritage and authenticity in taste. Besides 18 Reasons, Linda also shares her Nyonya food passion with Milk Street Kitchen and leads a community culinary program on Asian vegetables for Radical Family Farms.

An all-around food professional, Linda’s consulting work centers around helping food businesses flourish through the intersectional lens of food, sustainability and equity. Her past experience includes growing Hodo Foods from an artisanal producer to nationwide distribution, and building inclusive food places. Most recently she led the development of La Cocina Municipal Marketplace – using food as a creative approach to economic development by offering affordable, healthy food options and safe spaces while providing accessible business opportunities for low income, immigrant, women food entrepreneurs. Linda is a member of the Good Food Foundation advisory board and serves on their Equity Task Force. Linda lives in San Francisco. In her free time, she plants Asian herbs at the community garden at Fort Mason. Follow her on Instagram @flavor_explosions


Photo credit: Linda Tay Esposito