Host: Rainer and Gladys

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

USD
$36-$108 per person

Homemade Malaysian meal in Kuala Lumpur

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Rainer and Gladys

Rainer and Gladys are a fun couple who are incredibly passionate about food - they own a coconut and mango farm in the Philippines. They enjoy planning menus days in advance, spend several hours perfecting recipes and Rainer has even fabricated his own sous vide machine! They have lived in Malaysia for 17 years and while Rainer is originally German and Gladys Filipino they share a deep love for Malay culture and cuisine.

Gladys’ love for cooking started when she was young – her favorite memories are of her in the kitchen inventing new dishes. She has since pursued jobs in the food industry. Rainer and Gladys met over a shared passion for starting a restaurant. They owned a pasta restaurant in the food court of Siemens where Rainer worked for many years in sales and management. Rainer’s mother read about Traveling Spoon in the newspaper and knowing her son’s love for food cut out the article and sent it to him. Rainer loves to cook and host travelers as he gets to meet other people, learn from them, and share stories about living in Malaysia.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Enjoy a Malaysian meal (a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian) with Rainer and Gladys at their home in a residential neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian food is based on the flavors of coconut milk, galangal, ginger, tamarind, shrimp paste and chilies. Your menu might include dishes such as Malay beef rendang (slow cooked beef in a delightful gravy of fresh and toasted spices like shallots, ginger, garlic and toasted coconut), nasi lemak (rice boiled in coconut milk and infused with pandan leaves served with and anchovies, peanuts, sambal, cucumbers and hard boiled egg), Chinese yam basket (stir fried meat in fried yam dough basket), Kangkong belachan (water spinach stir fried in garlic and shrimp paste) or Chinese long or green beans stir fried in garlic and salted egg. You will likely conclude your meal with onde onde, a typical Malay dessert of glutinous rice balls sweetened with gula malaca or palm sugar. Tea or coffee is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Learn to make 2-3 traditional Malaysian dishes in Rainer and Gladys' kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last about 1.5 hours before you sit down at their dining table to share the Malaysian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Rainer and Gladys at their home before you depart in their car to the nearby Taman Tun market to discover local Malaysian vegetables. Return home and enjoy a refreshing drink before walking through Rainer’s garden where you will see lemongrass and wild ginger growing.

Due to market opening hours, the market tour is only offered in the morning. This is a wet market so please wear appropriate footwear.

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Rainer and Gladys

$36-$108 USD

per person
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Meet Rainer and Gladys

Rainer and Gladys are a fun couple who are incredibly passionate about food - they own a coconut and mango farm in the Philippines. They enjoy planning menus days in advance, spend several hours perfecting recipes and Rainer has even fabricated his own sous vide machine! They have lived in Malaysia for 17 years and while Rainer is originally German and Gladys Filipino they share a deep love for Malay culture and cuisine.

Gladys’ love for cooking started when she was young – her favorite memories are of her in the kitchen inventing new dishes. She has since pursued jobs in the food industry. Rainer and Gladys met over a shared passion for starting a restaurant. They owned a pasta restaurant in the food court of Siemens where Rainer worked for many years in sales and management. Rainer’s mother read about Traveling Spoon in the newspaper and knowing her son’s love for food cut out the article and sent it to him. Rainer loves to cook and host travelers as he gets to meet other people, learn from them, and share stories about living in Malaysia.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-8 guests) Enjoy a Malaysian meal (a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian) with Rainer and Gladys at their home in a residential neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian food is based on the flavors of coconut milk, galangal, ginger, tamarind, shrimp paste and chilies. Your menu might include dishes such as Malay beef rendang (slow cooked beef in a delightful gravy of fresh and toasted spices like shallots, ginger, garlic and toasted coconut), nasi lemak (rice boiled in coconut milk and infused with pandan leaves served with and anchovies, peanuts, sambal, cucumbers and hard boiled egg), Chinese yam basket (stir fried meat in fried yam dough basket), Kangkong belachan (water spinach stir fried in garlic and shrimp paste) or Chinese long or green beans stir fried in garlic and salted egg. You will likely conclude your meal with onde onde, a typical Malay dessert of glutinous rice balls sweetened with gula malaca or palm sugar. Tea or coffee is served upon request.

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) Learn to make 2-3 traditional Malaysian dishes in Rainer and Gladys' kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last about 1.5 hours before you sit down at their dining table to share the Malaysian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Meet Rainer and Gladys at their home before you depart in their car to the nearby Taman Tun market to discover local Malaysian vegetables. Return home and enjoy a refreshing drink before walking through Rainer’s garden where you will see lemongrass and wild ginger growing.

Due to market opening hours, the market tour is only offered in the morning. This is a wet market so please wear appropriate footwear.

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$50 $44 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$90 $78 $72
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $86 $80
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-12:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
6:00am-11:00am
Host Contact
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