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Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home

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    Isi has been in the food business for over ten years - creating recipes for dairy companies and restaurants, doing food styling and photography and selling spices online. She has recently started "Chili Asylum", an institution dedicated to marketing fresh chilies and chilli products sourced directly from Filipino farmers. Isi says she learned everything she knows about cooking from her Nanay (grandmother) who she watched cook fresh lunches and dinners everyday growing up. Isi loves cooking and serving the local, regional food she grew up eating. Isi enjoys collaborating with other chefs and food lovers in the food business to create new and delicious food. 

    Isi will take you through her small vegetable garden where she grows lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Isi's food is redolent of flavors such as calamansi, garlic, chilies, coconut milk and fish sauce. In her kitchen she will teach you to prepare Filipino family recipes that have been passed down through the generations. You can choose between a hands-on lesson and a cooking demonstration during which you will watch her prepare the meal. Just let her know your preference!

    Your menu might include dishes such as ensaladang pako (local fern salad in a calamansi and raw honey dressing), grilled shrimp in a cilantro chimichurri (an Isi creation), ginataang kalabasa at sitaw (squash and green beans in a coconut milk stew), mechado (soy marinated beef, cooked in an onion and tomato sauce), inihaw na baboy (grilled pork chops) followed by homemade calamansi pie for dessert made by her best friend Earnest.

    Leave with new recipes, a new friend, and lifelong memories. 

    Please note, this is not a professional cooking class, rather this experience is a visit into an authentic, local home to meet a local person and share the culture and cuisine together.
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    Reviewed 3 June 2019

    This was a great find, because there aren't many vegetarian cooking classes available in Manila. I appreciated Isi's willingness to adapt the menu to my dietary restrictions and cooking in her family's outdoor kitchen was a new experience for me. She offered interesting information about...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank JeaLeeCoh
    Reviewed 19 April 2019 via mobile

    Had a fabulous time learning about Filipino cuisine and the Philippines as well. Isi is a tremendous ambassador for her country and provided us with a mouthwatering lunch. Come hungry.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank CoraPueblo_Colorado
    Reviewed 11 March 2019 via mobile

    I enjoyed learning what knowledge Isi has to share about Filipino culture and food. Isi accommodated my vegetarian diet and even added a dished a wanted to learn to the menu. I enjoyed the process and loved the second cooking area. Everything that we made...More

    1  Thank ReginiceC
    Reviewed 19 February 2019

    Isi was patient and happy to share culinary knowledge with us. Isi prepped two dishes beforehand and we had the opportunity to participate (with a lot of hands-on guidance and demonstration from Isi herself) in cooking/prepping another two! Food was delicious, of generous portions and...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank JaneDoe48
    Reviewed 9 February 2019

    - Valuable information on local food and herbs. - Learned a lot about Filipino kitchen & culture.. - Had a perfect meal. - Wonderful private atmosphere with gracious and warm hospitality.. This is more than can be expected or wished. Even learned a lot about...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank Schroer-Berlin
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