26 April 2021

5 Delish DIY Experiences for Hardcore Foodies

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We’ve got more than cooking classes on this list so get ready to work for your food

During Circuit Breaker, everyone was into all sorts of kitchen experiments. The whole of Singapore seemed to be obsessed with making sourdough from scratch, perfecting that Dalgona coffee recipe, or attempting “focaccia art”. We may be well into Phase 3 now, but since travelling out of the country isn’t quite an option yet, some folks are still itching to try some DIY activities at home. If you’re one of them, check out this list of DIY activities and workshops of the culinary kind.

Make your own popiah
Make your own popiah
  • Heritage

During this workshop, you’ll get hands-on experience making popiah (fresh spring rolls with vegetables and assorted fillings) at Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Popiah. The long-standing establishment has been around since 1938, and since they’re one of the few places in Singapore that still use the traditional method of making popiah skins from scratch and by hand, rest assured you’ll be guided by real experts. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to host a popiah party at your house next.

Fold a ketupat
Fold a ketupat
  • Hidden Gem

For many Muslims, the ketupat (rice cake) holds great cultural significance. After Eid Al-Fitr – a religious holiday marking the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan – Muslims have a tradition of eating ketupat, which symbolises forgiveness and blessings. Ketupat is typically wrapped in woven coconut leaves, and this practice is an art you will learn during this experience. Why did people use particular leaves or specific plants to wrap food? Was it for taste? Or preservation? Find the answers to these questions and more.

Create a kombucha brew
Create a kombucha brew
  • Couples

A cousin to beer and completely capable of being turned into clothing (yes, clothing), kombucha is all the rage right now. Sign up for this workshop to learn how to make your own brew and pick up tips like how to handle SCOBY and understanding what to watch out for to ensure your brews stay healthy batch after batch. After class you can purchase a brewing kit so you can easily replicate the process in the comfort of your own home.

Learn to cook vegetarian dishes
Learn to cook vegetarian dishes
  • Couples

It takes skill to whip up vegetarian dishes that aren’t just boring ol’ variations of salad. Get ready to see how creative things can get when whipping up meat-free creations during this lesson run by chef Shalu at Little Green Kitchen. She’ll guide you every step of the way while you’re making sayur lodeh (Indonesian coconut curry) and mee goreng (spicy stir-fried noodles), and she’ll also talk about nutrition so you can find out how to stay healthy with a green-focused diet.

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