Category Archives: Starting a Cafe with Nicholas Pillai

August 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

Chocolate Dessert Class

Saturday August 12th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make;

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  1. Chocolate Tart
  2. Chocolate Lava Cake
  3. Chocolate Mousse

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Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Lemon Desserts

Saturday August 12th 2.30 to 5.30

I like sweetish sourish desserts, so you will learn;

Lemon Slice

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  1. Lemon Meringue Cupcake – Totally Butter Free Cupcake
  2. Lemon Slice
  3. Lemon Short Bread

This is a fully hands on class.  Class will commence once there are 6 students.

Price Per Person: $135

 

Pineapple Tarts

Sunday August 13th 2.30 to 5.30

A favorite of every festive or any time in Malaysia.

Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your tarts.

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Saturday August 19th 2.30 to 5.30

A favorite everywhere, any time…

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  1. Chicken Rice (Heong Fun)
  2. Silken Chicken
  3. Ginger Gravy
  4. Chilly Sauce
  5. Chicken Stock

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

Indian Style Chicken Class

Sunday August 20th 10 to 1pm

 

I haven’t had this class in a while, because the last time I was quite flustered.  I learnt this in India and when it is not my recipe and I am teaching it, it can get difficult.  So now I’ve refined it and let’s do it again.  You will learn;

  1. Chicken Tandoori
  2. Chicken Malai Tikka
  3. Chicken Lollipop

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

 

Fruit Cake

Sunday August 20th 2.30 to 5pm

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Fruitcakes can be made months in advance and nurtured with brandy every week till the big day arrives.  Learn to make;

  1. English Fruit Cake
  2. Rich Chunky Fruit Cake

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Retro Cakes – Cakes from the 80s

Saturday August 26th 10 to 1 pm

Wednesday August 30th 11 to 2 pm

Learn to bake two types of cakes from the 80s.  You will learn;

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  1. Coconut Cake
  2. Tangy Coconut Topping
  3. Butter Cheesecake
  4. Glazed Topping

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Price Per Person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)
Laksa Class

Saturday August 26th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare quick and easy Laksa favorites.  You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Curry Laksa
  2. Assam Laksa

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Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Children’s Bread Class – School Holiday Class

Tuesday August 29th 11 to 2 pm

  1. Bread
  2. Sausage Bread
  3. Chocolate Bread Rolls
  4. Mini Bread Loaves

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Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Please call or Whatsapp 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com

All Classes will be held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

June 2017 Cooking and Baking Classes

 

Chicken Curry Bread

SUNDAY JUNE 4TH 10 to 1 pm

You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Bread
  2. Chicken Curry
  3. And Assembling the whole Chicken Curry Bread

Price Per Person: RM120

 

Chequered Cake

SUNDAY JUNE 4TH 2.30 to 5.30

Old fashioned Chequered Cake

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  1. Orange Cake
  2. Rich Chocolate Butter Cake
  3. Chocolate Butter Cream
  4. Chocolate Orange Butter Cream

Price Per Person: $130  (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Please state your attendance by Thursday as I need to have enough cakes.

Please bring a high container so you can take your portion home.

 

Biskut Raya – Let’s Bake for Hari Raya

June 10th 2.30 to 5.30

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Almond London
  3. Butter Cookies

Price Per Person: $125 (Minimum 4 in a class) This is a fully hands on class.

 

Puff Pastry Class

Sunday June 11th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

Tuna Pinwheels

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  3. Spicy Tuna Puffs

Price Per Person: $125  Class will commence once there are 5 students. Maximum 6 students per class.

WE NEED THE NUMBERS BECAUSE WE NEED ENOUGH PASTRY TO MAKE THE PRODUCTS.

Monday June 12th Public Holiday Class  

10 to 1 pm

Pasta Class

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Learn to make Pasta from scratch.  You will also learn to make a good Rich Vegetable Lasagna and Fettuccini Carbonara Cake

This is a Vegetarian Class but there will be use of Eggs

Price Per Person: $120 Class will commence once there are six students. This is a hands on class

 

Roasted Leg of Lamb Class

Monday June 12th Public Holiday Class  2.30 to 5.30

Learn to roast a Leg of Lamb along with its accompaniments for a complete meal.

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You will learn;

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  1. Roasting a Leg of Lamb
  2. Yorkshire Pudding – goes well with lamb
  3. Stuffed Roasted Capsicum
  4. Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Japanese Bread

Saturday June 17th 2.30 to 5.30

One of my favorite classes.  Learn to make soft bread from scratch.  You will learn;

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  1. Bread Loaves
  2. Cheese and Onions Scrolls
  3. Polo Bun
  4. ??

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Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Thosai and Idly Class

Sunday June 18th 10 am to 1 pm

Learn to make Indian Breakfast delights. You will learn to make;

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  1. Idly
  2. Thosai
  3. Masala Thosai
  4. Potato Masala
  5. Coconut Chutney

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a hands on class.  Be prepared to work.

 

Smoked Mutton Class

Sunday June 18th 2.30 to 5.30

The wafting aroma of Smoked Mutton when you open it at the table for your family and friends will leave everyone in awe.  Always does at class anyhow.  You will learn;

I never seem to be able to find my photos for this class.

  1. Smoked Mutton
  2. Oven Baked Naan Bread
  3. Smoked Brinjal

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

New Recipe for the Month of June

Saturday 24th 10 to 1 pm

Pandan Butter Cake with Gula Melaka Butter Cream topped with a Coconut Butter Scotch.
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Took me a while to create this and you will be quite surprised with the filling.

You will learn to make;

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  1. Pandan Butter Cake
  2. Gula Melaka Butter Cream
  3. Coconut Butterscotch

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Salted Egg and Century Egg Cheesecake

Sunday June 25th 11 to 2 pm

This was a chance tasting and I was hooked.  And it is not even difficult.  The Topping was one of a kind as well, so you will be learning;

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  1. Salted Egg Cheesecake
  2. Century Egg Cheesecake (Pei Tan)
  3. Spicy Savory Topping
  4. New Easy Base

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Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice 

Monday 26th 11 to 2 pm

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A favorite everywhere, any time…

  1. Chicken Rice (Heong Fun)
  2. Chicken
  3. Ginger Gravy
  4. Chilly Sauce
  5. Chicken Stock

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com

All Classes will be held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 

All classes are to be paid for in advance before a seat is confirmed.

For more information, do refer to my blog, http://www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

March 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

Sunday March 5th 10 to 1pm

Salted Egg Cream Puffs

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This started out Japanese, then I decided to make it a bit different by adding Salted Egg Crème Chantilly.

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You will learn;

  1. Choux Paste
  2. Almond Croquant Topping
  3. Salted Egg Crème Chantilly

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are five students)

This is a hands on class

Sunday March 5th 2.30 to 5.30

Curry Puff

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Learn to make Swirly Curry Puff and Crispy Curry Puffs.  This is a fully hands on class.

You will learn;

  1. Crispy Curry Puff Pastry
  2. Curry Puff Pusing
  3. Curry Puff Filling

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a hands on class

 

Saturday March 11th 10 to 1

Old Fashioned Butter Cake and Butter Icing Class

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An oldie but a goodie, learn to make Butter Cake and decorate your own cake with butter icing.  You will be taught to decorate with basic icing nozzles.

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  1. Butter Cake
  2. Butter Icing
  3. Spreading Butter Icing
  4. Piping the sides
  5. Stars and Blobs

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 4 to 5 students)

Students who wish to attend this class will have to pay their fees in full by the 7th as I need to bake a cake for each student to practice on.

Saturday March 11th 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Lemak Kukus

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Learn to make Nasi Lemak Kukus from scratch.  You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak Kukus
  2. Spicy Fried Chicken
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong
  5. Crispy Fried Fish

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Sunday March 12th 2.30 to 5.30

Salted Egg Dishes

I love all things Salted Egg… these are my favorites which you will learn;

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  1. Salted Egg Calamari
  2. Salted Egg Pizza Margarita
  3. Salted Egg Mac

Price Per Person: RM145 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Saturday March 18th 2.30 to 5.30

Meat Loaf Class

Meat Loaf is a very versatile dish to have around because one loaf can be made into a myriad dishes without anyone knowing. It is excellent for packed lunches no matter what age you might be.  You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Meat Loaf
  2. Vegetarian ‘Meat Loaf’
  3. Two different uses of Meat Loaf

Price Per Person: RM125 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Sunday March 19th 2.30 to 5.30

Salted Egg and Century Egg Cheesecake

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This was a chance tasting and I was hooked.  And it is not even difficult.  The Topping was one of a kind as well, so you will be learning;

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  1. Salted Egg Cheesecake
  2. Century Egg Cheesecake
  3. Spicy Savory Topping

Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Tuesday March 21st 10.30  to 1.30 pm

Drip Cake

Each person will get their own cake to decorate and to take home.

You will learn to coat the cake and learn to drip chocolate dripping over your cake.

 

Please bring your favorite kinds of toppings that you might like to place on your cake, that way you can take home a cake everyone will enjoy.

Cake is around 7 in wide and about 8 inches high

You will learn;

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  1. Black Chocolate Cake
  2. Butter Cream
  3. Pouring Chocolate

Price Per Person: RM180 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

Students attending the class will have to book and pay in full by the 16th of March as I need to prepare your cakes.

 

Thursday March 23rd 11 to 2 pm

School Holiday Class

Let the young people loose in the kitchen.  They will learn;

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  1. Chocolate Brownies
  2. Chocolate Muffins
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Price Per Young Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Saturday March 25th 2.30 to 5.30

French Bread / Baguette

I haven’t had this class for a while now, so here goes;

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  1. French Bread/ Baguette/ Bahn Mi
  2. Easy French Bread

Price Per Person: RM120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a hands on class.

 

 

Sunday March 26th 2.30 to 5.30

Nasi Dagang Meal

We will be preparing a complete meal comprising

 

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Ayam Percik
  3. Gulai Ikan Tongkol
  4. Sayur Loteh – A wonderful fresh salad

Price Per Person: RM135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Please bring a container to take your food home.

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries.  Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

 

November and December 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

Puff Pastry Class

November 5th Saturday 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – The real stuff not stuffing the sausage in pastry
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

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Price Per Person: $120 (class will commence once there are six students)  Class will commence once there are 5 students. Maximum 6 students per class.

 

Beef Pies, Chicken Pies  and More

November 5th  Saturday 2.30 pm to 5.30  pm

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

  1. Beef and Mushroom Pie
  2. Creamy Chicken and Corn Pie
  3. Apple Pie
  4. Short Crust Pastry
  5. Potato Topping

Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Drip Cake

Sunday November 6th 1 pm to 5 pm

Finally… the long awaited Drip Cake Class.  Each person will get their own cake to decorate and to take home.

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You will learn to coat the cake and learn to drip chocolate dripping over your cake.

Please bring your favorite kinds of toppings that you might like to place on your cake, that way you can take home a cake everyone will enjoy. Cake is around 7 in wide and about 8 inches high

You will learn;

  1. Black Chocolate Cake
  2. Butter Cream
  3. Pouring Chocolate

Price Per Person: $180 (Class will commence once there are 4 to 5 students)

 

Christmas Cake 1

Sunday November 13th 10 to 1 pm

It is exactly 42 days to Christmas.  Let’s soak our fruits and bake our cake.

Learn to make English Classics that are oldies but goodies and seldom heard off around here.

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  1. Dundee Cake
  2. Classic English Christmas Cake

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are six students.

 

Christmas Cake 2

Sunday November 13th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

It is exactly 42 days to Christmas.  Let’s soak our fruits and bake our cake.

Learn to bake these other old fashion fruit cakes.  You will learn to bake;

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  1. Semolina Fruit Cake (Sri Lankan Fruit Cake)
  2. Rich Chunky Fruit Cake

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Children’s Pizza and  Mac and Cheese Class

Tuesday November 29th 10 to 1 pm

Kids will learn to make Pizza and Mac and Cheese.

  1. Learn to make Pizza Dough
  2. Chicken and Vegetable Topping
  3. Calzone – A Foldover Pizza which is easy to handle
  4. Macaroni and Cheese.

These are ideal snacks for school next year.

 

Price Per Child: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 children)

 

Bak Kwa Class

Saturday November 19th 10 to 12.30

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Learn to make Chicken Bak Kwa.  You will learn this from scratch and BBQ them to take home.

Please dress comfortably as you will be BBQing the meat outside.

Price Per Person: RM85 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Turkey Class

Sunday November 20th 2.30 to 5.30

Saturday December 3rd  2.30 to 5.30

It’s Turkey Dinner Time.  Learn to do a complete Christmas Dinner.

You will learn to prepare

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  1. Roast Turkey
  2. Stuffing
  3. Turkey Gravy
  4. Roasted Vegetables
  5. Cranberry and Apple Salad
  6. Traditional Christmas Pudding
  7. Brandy Custard Sauce

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Price Per Person: RM150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Roasted of Lamb Leg and Roasted Chicken Class

Saturday November 26th 10 to 1 pm

Monday December 12th 2.30 to 5.30

Another Christmas Delight learn to do both Chicken and Lamb as a complete Christmas Dinner or Lunch.

You will learn;

  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Roasted Chicken
  3. Chicken Stuffing
  4. Spicy Roasted Potatoes
  5. Salade Nicoise
  6. Traditional Christmas Pudding
  7. Brandy Custard Sauce

Price Per Person: RM160 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Christmas Delights

Sunday November 27th 2.30 to 5.30

Sunday December 11th 2.30 to 5.30

You will learn to make some Christmas favorites that seem to be rather expensive at all major hotels.  This is a fully Hands on session where you will be working in groups.  You will learn to make:

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  1. Christmas Stollen
  2. Marzipan for Stollen Filling
  3. Fruit Mince Tart Filling from scratch
  4. Christmas Fruit Mince Tart
  5. Whisky Fudge

Christmas Fruit Mince

These are ideal homemade Christmas gifts.

Price Per Person: $130.  (Class will commence once there are eight students)

 

Yule Log

Wednesday December 14th 10.30 to 1 pm

Learn to Decorate your own Yule log.

You will learn;

  1. Chocolate Sponge Cake
  2. Butter Cream Filling
  3. Chocolate Butter Icing

Each student will have their own cake to decorate and take home

Price Per Person: RM115

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries.  Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

 

October 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

 

Japanese Bread

Sunday October 2nd 2 to 5 pm

This will always be my most favorite bread class.  Hard work but it always pays off in the end.  You will learn;

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  1. Japanese Soft Bread
  2. Cheese and Onion Scrolls
  3. Bread Loaf
  4. Sausage Bread

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Fruit Cakes for Diwali

Monday October 3rd 2.30 to 5 pm

 

Learn to bake these other old fashion fruit cakes.  You will learn to bake;

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Chunky Fruit Cake

  1. Sri Lankan Fruit Cake
  2. Rich Chunky Fruit Cake

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Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Chequered Cake

Sunday October 9th   10.30 to 1.30

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I made this Chequered cake for a private class a few months ago.  It is fun and easy and somehow it makes everyone excited when you cut it.  So we will bake and decorate;

  1. Orange Cake
  2. Rich Chocolate Butter Cake
  3. Chocolate Butter Cream
  4. Chocolate Orange Butter Cream

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Pineapple Tart Class

Saturday October 15th 10 to 1 pm

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A favorite of every festive in Malaysia. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

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This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

Price Per Person: $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Murukus and Sweet Spicy Cornflake Class

Saturday October 15th 2.30 to 4.30 pm

A lot of people have been grumbling about the prices of Murukku. So I think we should learn it.

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  1. Butter Murukku
  2. Potato Murukku
  3. Cornflake Mix

This is a fully hands on session.  Please bring 3 containers.

Price Per Person: $100 (class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Puff Pastry Class

October 16th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Sausage Rolls – The real thing
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

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Price Per Person: $120 (class will commence once there are six students)  Class will commence once there are 5 students. Maximum 6 students per class.

 

Curry Curry for Diwali!

Saturday 22nd 2.30 to 5 pm

  1. Kerala Fish Curry
  2. South Indian Prawn Curry
  3. Mutton Devil Curry

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Class has to be booked and fully paid up by the 17th as I need to order the fish and prawns.

Please like my Facebook page – Cooking with Nicholas

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please follow my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

September 2016 Cooking and Baking Classes

Nutty Old Fashioned Carrot Cake

Saturday September 10th 10 to 1 pm

You will learn: Learn to make one of my favorite cakes

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Carrot and Cranberry Cake with Italian Butter Cream and  Coconut

  1. Nutty Carrot and Cranberry cake
  2. Italian Butter Cream
  3. Assemble the cake as in the photo

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Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are three students)

 

Portioned Cheesecakes

September 11th  Sunday 2.30 to 5.30

Portioned Cheesecakes are easier to handle then a whole cheesecake.  You will learn to prepare;

  1. Mini Cheesecake Brulee
  2. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Mini Salty Sweet Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Price Per Person: $120 (Classes will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Kluang Moon Cake

September 12th Monday 10.30  to  2 pm

You will learn;

plain kluang mooncake

  1. Kluang Moon Cake Pastry
  2. Kluang Moon Cake Pandan Pastry
  3. Home Made Lotus Paste
  4. Different Filling Using Lotus

pandan Kluang Mooncake

Price Per Person: $125 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

This is a fully hands on class

 

 Children’s Holiday Class

September 14th  Wednesday 10 to 12.30 pm

Let’s Make Chocolate Cup Cakes and Decorate them

It’s been a while since I had a class for non grown ups.  We will be baking and decorating

  1. Chocolate Cupcakes
  2. Chocolate Ganache
  3. Chocolate Cream
  4. Chocolate Icing

Price Per Non Grown Up: $95 (Class will commence once there are 5 Non Grown Ups)

Each person will get 8 cupcakes to take home

 

French Macarons

September 16th Friday 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make these little morsels that everyone seems to either hate or love.  You will learn the fundamentals of making;

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  1. French Macarons
  2. Cheesy Sambal Filling
  3. Salty Green Tea Filling

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 

Japanese Kasutera Cake

September 16th   Friday 2.30 to 5.30

As much as I love buttery cakes, this very old cake from Japan seems to be the rage in a few hotels and top notch bakeries around town.  Let’s make the;

 

  1. Nagasaki Castella Cake – a cake from the Portuguese that entered into Japan hundreds of years ago
  2. Matcha Castella Cake

Both have no butter or oil.

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Murukus and Sweet Spicy Cornflake Class

September 17th Saturday 2 to 4.30 pm

A lot of people have been grumbling about the prices of Murukku some paid RM80 a tin and some pain RM100 a tin. So I think you should learn it.

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  1. Butter Murukku
  2. Potato Murukku
  3. Cornflake Mix

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This is a fully hands on session.  Please bring 3 containers.

Price Per Person: $100

 

 Hawker Favorites

September 18th Sunday 2 to 5 pm

These are some of my favorite Hawker foods.

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  1. Lor Mai Fun
  2. Lor Bak – Chicken
  3. Woo Tau Koh (Yam Kuih)

Lor Mai Fun

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Eggless Cakes

September 24th Saturday 11 to 1.30

 

I used to think Eggless cakes were a pain in the neck, so now I have created some easy ones that will always come out without much fear. You will learn to make;

 

  1. Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes
  2. Date and Walnut Cake
  3. Dulce de Leche Topping

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Vegetarian Beriani Class

September 25th Sunday 2 to 4.30 pm

Let’s do two Beriani’s this Diwali.  You will learn;

 

  1. Green Beriani
  2. Mutton Beriani

Price Per Person: $90

Class will commence once there are 5 students

 

 

Please like my Facebook page, Cooking with Nicholas

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya.  Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

                                                       

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.

 

Hello by Kitchen Mafia – B-G 1 Jalan 17/13, Happy Mansion, PJ

Hello by Kitchen Mafia is helmed by Shearson Lian a Celebrity Chef.  So let’s just start out by saying that the bar is now placed rather high.

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It was a lazy cool Sunday. Have you noticed how this weather just makes you hungry all the time? Well two friends and me decided to go out for a late lunch and I decided on Hello by Kitchen Mafia because someone told me about it.  So once again having no expectations except that it belonged to Shearson Lian and also Johnny Fua, we went a couple of rounds and found a park.  And who should be outside his restaurant as we waited to go in, The MAN himself.

The restaurant was crowded because of Father’s Day so he told us we had to wait for a few minutes. So Shearson handed us three menus and we perused through it looking at the rather comical names like Apek Fried Rice and Kampung Boy Fried Rice and the likes, so we had to make sure we didn’t order something ordinary with a funny name.

So finally we were seated.  I’d like to mention that tables were quite small and I got worried because of what we ordered.  After paying and just getting ready to chat half expecting the food to take a while since the place was full… out pops the Crispy Banana Blossom with Spicy Mango Kerabu.

So of course we did the obvious and took a few photos, I mean it was less then five minutes of ordering I should say.  And before we could figure out what we were about to eat, the three main courses came.  Now we had four dished on the table coupled with three drinks and glasses of water and it was beginning to get suffocating.

We quickly took photos and and started to eat and as we were starting with the Crispy Banana Blossom, half guessing it might be the soft shell crab, the Duck Egg Calamari came.  So I told the waitress to please slow down and before we could breathe, Shearson himself comes with  the Salted Egg Butter Milk Squid and the Soft Shell Crab. He looks at the table and does nothing to ease the situation.  I got a little peeved with this because as the owner of the place and having been overseas countless times as seen on TV, he should have done something.   Don’t ask me what, I’m sure he could have figured out something!

Then we start eating as fast as we can, the Tortilla Pizza comes.

We were so overwhelmed that we had to rush to have space. In fact I had to pick my little tin plate in my hand and eat from it ala old Chinese style.  That was how rushed and how fast the food came.

My followers would know by now, I never ever have the whole list of food ordered, but this was how it was yesterday.  Everything came so fast that we were left breathless rushing through our meal.  This might have affected the whole meal experience, however in all due respect, the food was good.

So let us begin.

We rushed to finish the Banana Blossom and kerabu.  This was nice and flavor some, and frankly speaking we had trouble wondering if the kind of tempura’d Banana Blossoms was actually the soft shell crab we ordered.  It was that mysterious.  The Kerabu was excellent and the addition of thinly sliced long beans gave it that much needed crunch.  The sweet and sour taste along with that tiny  hint of spiciness gave this dish that extra kick.  This is how anything sweet and sour should be.  I was not too fond of the peanuts, I am not a peanut fan so this was just me.  I would have preferred whole peanuts so I could pick at it.

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By this time they took away our cutlery container and we were left with just chopsticks to eat the kerabu and pick at the long beans which I thoroughly enjoyed.  We couldn’t eat up the whole dish because there was no spoons and we had to move forward to the next dish as quickly as possible.

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We had to strategize this meal to make sure we still enjoyed ourselves. So friend and I suggested we eat all the small plates first.  So we started with the Soft Shell Crab with the Siracha Mayo.   The crab was well done, and crispy and juicy and when you bit the middle there was still that water sac inside.  That is always the case with soft shell crab unless it is chopped in the middle.  I think the Siracha Mayo did not do justice to the Crab.  I think the sambal belacan that came with the main course gave a better flavor. I think perhaps if they mixed the sambal belacan with the Mayo, it would have been something rather special. Ok plate cleared!

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Next!

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The Duck Egg Calamari. This was an interesting dish so to speak.  I must say by now we had forgotten what we had ordered. We knew it was calamari something but we forgot it was even duck egg.  We just ate and commented that some of the pieces were tough and hard to chew but the bigger pieces were perfect.  Perhaps if the pieces were a bit bigger, then it would have been perfect.  I didn’t taste anything Ducky with the duck egg topping and all.  I remember eating Char Koay Teow with Duck Egg once and there was a pronounced after taste.  The hint of curry leaf probably took away any duckiness.  I like curry leaves. I just enjoy eating them like this. I wish there was a bit more curry leaves.

All in all still very good.

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Next was the Tortilla Pizza with 3 cheeses as topping.  Now I must say this was what the doctor ordered so to speak. It was a good blend of cheese with just the right ratio of Parmesan, Aged Cheddar and Blue Cheese.  Nothing was overwhelming and those blue cheese haters would have never detected blue cheese at all.  As we were beginning to have breathing space now with plates and all being removed, we started to enjoy our meal much more.  I could have had two plates of this and would still long for more.

I am not a fan of heavy pizza, and while a  Tortilla base might sound fast food, it was perfect.  Had they decided to use thin crust pizza base, it would have totally spoilt  this dish.  I loved it! And so did the other two.

Now we had the main courses to reckon with.

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Ok by now, main courses were a tad bit cold. The Salted Egg Butter Milk Pesto sauce kind of started to get the pasta all stuck together. This needs to be eaten hot or fresh from the stove.  Flavor wise, it was excellent as sticky and bunched up as the pasta was, it was nice.  I loved it and so did the rest.  I think I could have had it even without the Soft Shell Crab which was cooked to perfection I might add.  Ok.. As I am typing this, I can still remember the flavors so avidly. Well Done!

Spicy Thai Beef was next.  The fusing of flavors together with the fresh basil gave this heavy looking dish a sense of lightness.  The spiciness took it to another level.  It was a wonderful flavor and by now there were three father full boys and yet we all enjoyed it.  One little setback for me anyhow was the use of minced meat.  I figured for some reason it would be thinly sliced beef a la Pho Bo style.  The noodles were eaten rather quickly and in the end all the meat was below.  Note too, we still used chopsticks as everyone was too busy to take any notice of our need for spoons.  In the end when the middle of the restaurant long table cleared, we saw the cutlery thingy and got three spoons.  We needed it now to taste the meat and also to scoop the last dish which was the Ginger Beef Fried Rice.

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Now before I end with the Thai Beef, I have to say eating the meat on it’s own was not too enjoyable.  The mince was dry, obviously Shearson uses good quality and low fat, but it became hard to swallow and don’t forget it was cold.   Perhaps if we had eaten it together with everything in the bowl, then it would be different.  Still very enjoyable.

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Finally, Ginger Beef Fried Rice.  I like Ginger Beef.  Now as a fried rice, this was truly something else.  The gingeriness gave it a nice flavor. Now I love anything ginger, so I have no complaints.  The meat was perfectly flavored and it was not tough.  I liked it. It was a nice comfort food kinda flavor. Nice on a cool to cold morning.  The sambal belacan had a nice flavor too, but we kind of forgot to eat more of it because we were quite full.  All that rushing had taken it’s toll on the once three hungry boys.   I did find the fried egg to be a tad over fried though. Perhaps if the yolk was a tiny bit runny and so we could mix it with the rice and it would break easily into pieces.  This didn’t happen.

All in all, the food was very good.  We will go there again and REQUEST A BIGGER TABLE.

I think if you sell Tapas, you need to provide bigger tables.  I have a tendency of going over board with Tapas when I am really in the mood and could have ordered a few more, but we didn’t because I knew the table would be a problem.

I love those cute enamel plates.  I mean it made me feel very retro and gave an old feeling to rather modern food.

The staff were excellent.  Everyone had big smiles and one of the girls had the most prettiest smile I’d ever seen.  This just made up for the food piling.

Now the Coconut Latte I feel could have had more coconut.  I had it in my head that it would be served with coconut cream. I wonder how that will taste?  This might be something to try out I think.

So there you go.  Hello by Kitchen Mafia.. a sure to go again restaurant.  Well Done Shearson Lian and Johnny Fua.